During the end credits scene of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds’ alter ego promised that Cable would be in the sequel. Deadpool 2 made good on that promise with Josh Brolin portraying Cable as the newest adversary for the title character. But there was another Marvel character who almost had a much bigger role as one of the main villains in Deadpool 2.
SPOILER ALERT: This post includes major plot points for Deadpool 2. Come back after you’ve seen the film!
According to Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Jack Kesy’s Black Tom Cassidy was originally lined up as one of the primary bad guys all the way through the film.
“[Black Tom] was essentially the villain,” explained Wernick while speaking with CBR. “There was a script where he was the primary villain of the movie.”
“There was a much grander version of him in an earlier script where he actually lives until the end of act three,” added Reese. “And he becomes the devil on Firefist’s shoulder, trying to get him to turn bad.”
In the film, Black Tom is one of the incarcerated mutants who makes life very difficult for Deadpool and Russel/Firefist while they were imprisioned. Black Tom had very limited screen time before his demise in the film. In Marvel’s comic book universe, Black Tom was one of the Juggernaut’s best friends, and he was one of Deadpool’s earliest foes when the Merc with a Mouth first tried to be a hero.
Reese went on to explain why Black Tom’s role was drastically cut, and it ultimately came down to having too many villains in the film.
“We thought we were overstuffing the movie a little bit with too many antagonists,” admitted Reese. “Too many villains. And also budgetarily, it was very, very expensive, because his powers are to move organic material around — the entire orphanage, and the trees, everything was flying around, and the hailstorms of wood — it was really cool, but it was also really, really expensive, and we just thought, we prefer to throw that money to the CG of Juggernaut as opposed to Black Tom.”
Reese praised Kesy’s performance in the film despite his limited screen time. He also suggested that the character could return, potentially because of Deadpool’s actions during the film’s mid-credits scenes. After all, there's always Deadpool 3!