You’re likely familiar with John Cena’s “You Can’t See Me” taunt if you’re a wrestling fan—or even if you’re just a person on the internet at this point. Cena’s signature hand gesture of repeatedly waving his hand in front of his face while looking at his opponent is synonymous with his time in the ring and has spawned a slew of hilarious memes. While fans continue to enjoy the “Invisible Cena” meme and jokes, James Gunn, the creator of the Peacemaker series, is sick of them. A fan asked Gunn a question about the “Invisible Cena” joke during a recent #PeacemakerParty watch-along on Twitter, and while that Tweet has since been deleted, Gunn’s response remains.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 6, 2022
The original tweet Gunn is replying to appears to have been deleted. I,t seems that the author was referring to whether or not the peacemaker contained any “Invisible Cena” jokes. At the same time, Gunn doesn’t like the jokes. They remain a popular joke and meme online, to the point where Cena explained the origin of the “You Can’t See Me” taunt while promoting peacemaker on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this year, complete with the actor in costume.
Cena explained during his appearance that the gesture began as a dare and has since become a tradition.
“All right, for those of you who don’t know, get yourself on the Internet!” Cena explained, “I was a superhero long before I put on the Peacemaker costume. In the WWE, I developed a special move called ‘You Can’t See Me.'” ‘You can’t see me,’ I say, putting my hand in front of my face. And the reason I did this is that a younger brother. Sean was always our litmus test while recording the album on which my theme music is featured.
“He liked the same music as us, but he would never join us in the studio. I’d wear a tracksuit and play it for him at home. “He went on to say more. “He was a ruthless individual. Any song would never be enough for him. He just did this dance that Tony Yayo did in one of the G-Unit videos when he heard “My Time is Now. What are you doing?’ I inquired. ‘It’s the Tony Yayo dance,’ he explained. When I told him I would do it on TV, he said, “I dare you to do it on TV. I went out there on a dare and decided that this wasn’t visible enough, so…”