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Bitcoin Makes Brief Appearance In Deadpool

Hollywood sets trends. What the stars wear, people generally begin wearing, perceiving it to be hip. It could be that a great many more people will be entering into the Bitcoin space, supposing their subconscious picked up on a little image in the background of a few scenes.

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Can you see it? There in the upper left-hand corner. A Bitcoin sticker! It’s in Wade Wilson’s (who turns into Deadpool) best friend’s bar. It turns out the main character’s bar accepts Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has steadily made its way into popular culture. Starting in 2013, press attention caused the price of Bitcoin to steadily rise, further begetting the attention of financial players and others. Over the years, few feature films have included Bitcoin in the script, but that appears to be picking up steam in the previous couple years as more than one feature film has included Bitcoin in some shape or form.

Deadpool, a 2016 American superhero film, quickly became the highest grossing film so far in 2016. A sequel has already been green-lit. At the end of its 13th day of release, Deadpool had grossed more than $250 million domestically and $500 million more worldwide. It easily passed the previous President’s Day weekend and February record holder, “Fifty Shades Of Grey.” The film cost just approximately $58 million to make and as of today, is closing toward $750 million in the global box office.

A digital asset, Bitcoin represents the payment system and native currency designed by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto and represents a way of transmitting value without a central authority. Bitcoin, the first decentralized digital currency, has grown to become the largest in the world in terms of total market value, perhaps hinting at why it has made its way into some forms popular culture. It, or similar technology, has been highlighted in many shows, such as “Black Is The New Orange” and even “Criminal Minds.” This often, to be sure, takes place in the context of black markets online.

Deadpool is not the only feature-length film in which Bitcoin made an appearance. In the film Dope, Bitcoin played a central role in film. That film, which boasts Pharrell Williams as a producer, follows a group of kids who must unload MDMA on a darknet marketplace.

Dope’s first sentence is: “I just read money as we know it is dead, soon the world is only gonna sell and buy products using Bitcoins…”

Although the Deadpool scene goes by so quick it hardly counts as an advertisement for Bitcoin, what the sticker in the film does prove is that, on big projects in Hollywood and elsewhere, Bitcoiners can be found promoting their beloved digital currency.

Deadpool screenshot captured by a Redditor. Deadpool is a Fox Studios production of a Marvel comic.

Featured image from Shutterstock.

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