Warning: SPOILERS for Gwenpool Strikes Back
Can you even call yourself a Marvel fan if you don't get the "Love you 3000" reference? Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are using this phrase to describe just how much the last 11 years of movie have meant, adding another layer to the worldwide fandom and its honoring of Iron Man's sacrifice. It turns out Marvel Comics wanted to be in on the "3000" reference as well, poking a little fun at the goodbye in Gwenpool Strikes Back #2.
In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark and his daughter, Morgan, express their love for each other using this phrase. In the pages of her own comic book, the spontaneous Gwenpool uses it to tell her (former) boyfriend Quentin Quire a.k.a. Kid Omega how she feels. Quentin is an omega level mutant, who goes by the code name Kid Omega. And while his powers include advanced cognitive and telepathic abilities, his response to the Endgame farewell confirms he's also and absolute monster. Gwenpool can do so much better.
Exactly like her counterpart, Deadpool, Gwenpool knows full well that she is in a comic book series. She often addresses the fact in her comics, and in Gwenpool Strikes Back #2, she strives to get the perfect photo for the cover. Gwenpool wants a successful series, and wants Marvel to keep giving her work, and she is willing to do just about anything to make that happen. Including trying to seduce one of the members of the Fantastic Four (any of them, according to her).
Deadpool is along for the ride on her mission, and thankfully points out to her that she has a boyfriend. Of course she feels guilty and immediately says that they broke up. When she pulls out her phone to text Quentin a break-up text, we see where she told him that she loves him 3000. However, he didn't understand the reference! So the fact that they are still together is pretty impressive because anyone who doesn't get the reference doesn't deserve to be with Gwenpool. Or anyone for that matter! What crazy antics will Gwenpool get up to in the future? And will she ever explain 'Love You 3000' to poor Quentin?
- GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #2 (2019)
- Written by: Leah Williams
- Art by: David Baldeon
- Cover Art by: Terry Dodson
- POOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER! That’s right — everyone’s favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she’s playing for keeps! Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she’s going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe!
- BREAKING UP THE FIRST FAMILY OF MARVEL! Gwen’s mission to make sure she matters to Marvel leads her to a new occupation: homewrecker?
Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 is available now at your local comic shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.