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Deadpool 2 originally had a much darker ending

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May 20, 2018, 6:32 PM EDT

Now that Deadpool 2 is in theaters, fans can appreciate the wild mid-credits scenes as a crowd pleasing way to close out the sequel. But what if that sequence didn’t address one of the tragedies in the story? According to Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, one of the characters did not escape their fate in the film’s original ending.  

SPOILER ALERT: This post includes major plot points for Deadpool 2. Come back after you’ve seen the film!

Deadpool 2 Vanessa

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Early in Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to mourn his lover, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), when he fails to save her from an ill-timed bullet. The loss of Vanessa weighs heavily on Deadpool throughout the film until he manages to save her life in the mid-credit scenes. While speaking with Comic Book Resources, Rheese and Wernick confirmed that saving Vanessa wasn’t in their initial plan for the film. 

“We originally did not save her,” said Rheese. “It was interesting — we thought we might have to save her with the time machine, because the audience would be mad at us, but they were accepting of her being dead.”

Wernick added that “We do keep her ‘alive’ throughout the movie, with the afterlife. Again, as it was in the first one, that relationship really is the emotional core of the movie. We feel like the audiences weren’t cheated of that relationship, because despite her death, it travels through.”

Vanessa as Copycat

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Within Marvel’s comic book universe, Vanessa became a shapeshifter and took on the codename Copycat. She even impersonated Domino in her first appearance. Rheese  teased Vanessa’s return could eventually lead to her Copycat transformation.

“Now we can bring her back as Copycat, and Morena [Baccarin] was very thrilled when she got the call,” noted Rheese. “'We got the time machine working, and you’re still alive!’ ‘I knew it!’ It was really funny.”

Rheese and Wernick have also indicated that the mid-credits scenes are canon, so we will see Wade and Vanessa together again, possibly as soon as the X-Force movie.