In only two days it will be time for Wade Wilson to break out "maximum effort" once again, as Deadpool 2 is almost ready to unleash it's wonderful insanity on the world. The reviews have been positive, but the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that the post-credits scene of the new film is really quite something.
We aren't going to talk about what the actual post-credits scene is, so don't worry. Though these little tags have become somewhat synonymous with the films of the MCU, they certainly didn't invent them. All of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have them, and even the 1987 Masters of the Universe film features one, just in case anyone stuck around to see who Frank Langella's dresser was. The first Deadpool made fun of these scenes, doing a riff on another film that uses one — Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Some of the ideas that were kicked around for the new film put that to shame.
WARNING: Though there will be very, very little information here that will spoil anything, you never know. We're going to be talking about scenes that are NOT in the film, so the chance for spoilers is low. Still, we're cool like that— if you fear potential spoilers, then stand down from maximum effort and turn away now.
Speaking with Uproxx, Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick share what post-credits scene ideas didn't end up getting made. Wernick says that one of the scenes featured Chris Evans as the Human Torch.
The scene would have poked hilarious fun at the Marvel role Evans took on (flamed on?) before he famously became the star spangled man with a plan (Steve Rogers, aka Captain America) in the MCU, and apparently the reason it didn't happen was not because of a lack of interest from Evans, or anything like that.
"...we never got that far," Reese says when asked if that was the reason. "Someone had the idea we actually did and we thought that was better." The scene they ended up using does not include Baby Hitler either, which was also something in the mix for post-credits craziness.
When asked about it, Reese describes the scene as, "Deadpool goes back and kills baby Hitler at the very end. That's what was supposed to happen." Wernick adds, "And not just supposed to happen, we shot it."
Reese follows up, saying that not only did they shoot this version, but they "put it in front of an audience." Reese described the scene a bit more, saying, "He's got the crib and he's standing in the German nursery and he's leaning over the crib to do it and there was kind of this, "ohhhh." And we thought we don't want to leave the crowd on an "ohhhh." So it ended up coming out....our last moment was Deadpool saying “Maximum effort!” as he goes in to throttle the baby. It does make you squeamish.
Even Deadpool has limits it would seem, as Wernick describes a version of the scene where the merc with a mouth had to convince himself to kill the wee Baby Hitler. As he says, "There's even a draft of that scene where we back it up even more where he’s standing over baby Hitler and says, 'God, that is a toughie.' He finds a Sharpie and draws a mustache on the baby – a little baby mustache – and says 'Maximum effort!'" Reese adds, "Now he looks just enough like him that he can get up the courage to do it."
You'll have to decide for yourself whether you are content with the post-credits scene they ended up going with, or if you would have preferred the death of Baby Hitler (or the long-lost Human Torch). Since the scene was shot, there is a very good chance it could surface as a deleted scene once Deadpool 2 arrives in people's homes later this year.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters May 18, and the post-credits scene will likely not make you go "ohhhh" in a bad way. Are you excited to get your Deadpool on? Let us know in the comments!