The Deadpool movies are a franchise where nearly anything goes. That’s part of the appeal of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth. Deadpool can do and say almost anything and get away with it. But there was one aspect of Deadpool 2’s mid-credits scenes that made Ryan Reynolds pause before going along with it. In fact, Reynolds even called it “cheating” before coming to terms with the possibilities it presented.
SPOILER ALERT: This post includes major plot points for Deadpool 2. Come back after you’ve seen the film!
Near the beginning of Deadpool 2, the title character’s girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), is murdered in front of him. It’s a tragedy that haunts Deadpool throughout the movie, which is why Reynolds was so hesitant to reverse it with the time-travel device Deadpool stole from Cable.
“I was like, ‘No, we can’t bring Vanessa back! That’s cheating!’” recalled Reynolds. “Rhett [Reese], Paul [Wernick], and I thought, ‘Fine, if we’re going to go back to save Vanessa, then let’s bring back Peter, let’s kill Baraka-pool, and let’s execute Ryan Reynolds.’”
However, there was at least one more hitch in the plan. The Deadpool 2 team needed a specific clip of Hugh Jackman from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the footage at Fox was apparently damaged on the lot. Reynolds said that he lost a lot of sleep over the missing footage and the sequence was only saved when a replacement for the clip was found at the last minute.
In the end, everything came up Deadpool. He saved his girlfriend and at least one of his X-Force teammates before going on a time-traveling revenge quest against “himself” and Ryan Reynolds. It may even be one of the best mid-credits scenes we’ve ever seen. X-Force and the inevitable Deadpool 3 will have a hard time topping that one!