This article contains spoilers for the Deadpool 2:The Super Duper Cut.
During the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Deadpool 2, one of the most interesting admissions by actor Ryan Reynolds was how relatively little of the Merc with a Mouth movies are improvised. Rather he and fellow writers on the sequel, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, write apparently many, many “alts” for each joke in the film. Between takes, Reynolds is then on his phone, reading and comparing the various alternative jokes and setups he and the screenwriters have already prepared. Hence the forthcoming Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut had more than enough material for an alternative version of almost every scene in the film. Presumably the filmmakers could even make a super-super-duper cut down the road.
With that said, there are some genuinely deleted scenes, and two that are sure to be among the most talked about by X-Men fans were screened in Hall H. They made quite the impression.
The first deleted scene was another glorious semi-crossover moment with Reynolds’ Wade Wilson in the X-Mansion. While making a sandwich (of dubious content, as he takes one of Beast’s stickers and places the blue one’s name on it), Wade is having a conversation with the three X-Men we spend the most time with in the film: Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Yukio, and Colossus. When the scene begins, Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) is outside doing jumping jacks in the morning air, but Negasonic (Brianna Hildebrand) and Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna) are enjoying a morning breakfast in the corner when they see Wade.
After Negasonic mocks him for dressing like a sexual predator (he has on khakis and a buttoned down blue shirt), Wade attempts to defend himself, much to Colossus’ approval as the big metal guy comes in to wash his hands. “You’ve rubbed off on me, and I hope a little bit of me has rubbed off on you.” Negasonic sees through his nice guy act, albeit at least Yukio seems beguiled by Wade’s earnestness. Particularly since Wade/Reynolds low-key quotes John Candy from the John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). “I like me,” Wade pleads.
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While Colossus accepts this redemption act, it should be noted that the soap dispenser he is using is… sticky. And Wade had just refilled it. But Deadpool simply insists Colossus just needs to give it a few more pushes to get the white substance out.
Negasonic mouths “fuck you” to Wade, but all in all, it is a pleasant little moment, reminiscent of so many comic book panels about the X-Men in their downtime during the golden age of Chris Claremont and John Byrne comics. There’s exercise, communal space conversations, and even a little friction that is friendly. Well, friendly by Negasonic standards.
However, the deleted scene that will likely cause the most hand-wringing (and more than a few think-pieces when the Blu-ray drops) is the final gag. As the new final button during Deadpool 2’s post-credits scene—which begins with Wade using time travel to save Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) from death and originally ended with him “killing” Ryan Reynolds as he finishes reading the script for Green Lantern—Wade travels back in time to 1889. The year Adolf Hitler was born.
In a sunny little hospital room wherein many an Austrian baby sleeps soundly, Deadpool appears and gives a long, hard stare at the baby. “I’m going to Hell, but hey so are you,” Wade cracks. And after the camera confirms the name of the baby as “A. Hitler,” Wade reaches into the crib in a pitch black final stinger with the grim quip, “Maximum effort.”
It is the definition of dark humor and is certain to offend some viewers, hence why it was deleted in the final film. Still, there is something enticingly bold about the chutzpah of going that bleak in a blockbuster superhero movie. With that said, it ends the movie on a much uglier note than the actual uplifting post-credits sequence in the theatrical cut. Further it raises a slightly hilarious paradox: has Adolf Hitler been retconned out of the X-Men movie universe?
We know thanks to Wade bringing Vanessa back from the dead in Deadpool 2, and the mutants averting annihilation in the much more somber X-Men: Days of Future Past, that time travel can change the future in these films. Therefore, did Wade Wilson kill Hitler and perhaps change the direction of world history? Did World War II even happen?! And if it didn’t happen, would Magneto have survivor’s guilt from the Holocaust?
Yeah… if you thought the “timelines” were confusing before, good luck cracking this nut.
Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut is out on Digital on Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray on Aug. 21. You can preorder it here.