Deadpool 2 delivered the goods when it comes to what fans of the superhero franchise want. The Merc with a Mouth, played by Ryan Reynolds, had plenty of meta jokes and dirty words to sling at audiences, while poking fun at himself, other comic book movies, and anything else that stood in his way.
As with the first movie, Reynolds embraced the utter ridiculousness of the character and his personality, taking it to the extreme. Still, there is one moment the actor was against–at least at first. The following contains spoilers for Deadpool 2. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should stop reading now.
In the movie’s post-credits scene, Deadpool uses Cable’s (Josh Brolin) watch to travel back in time, rectifying a number of events–including preventing the deaths of Peter (Rob Delaney) and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Originally, though, Vanessa wasn’t going to be resurrected.
“The entire tag to the movie… was actually initially conceived as a scene with Peter,” Reynolds tells the Empire podcast. “The whole thing was a scene with Peter, just because we loved Peter.”
Director David Leitch didn’t think that was enough, though. He approached Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with the idea of using the moment to undo Vanessa’s death, which Reynolds wasn’t a fan of at first. He remembers, “I was like ‘No, we can’t bring Vanessa back! That’s cheating!'”
In the end, though, they settled on the scene as it plays out. “Rhett, Paul, 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,'” the Deadpool 2 explains. And that’s exactly what they did. The scene stands out as one of the most ridiculous and memorable of any comic book movie and leaves room for Baccarin to return in future Deadpool movies.
Like it or not, it’s hard to forget the scene as it played out. Still, while it’s great that Vanessa is still alive, what the world really wants to know is if Peter will be back for Deadpool 3.