“Deadpool 2” hits cinemas tomorrow around much of the world and includes several interlinked post-credits sequences in the early-to-mid point of said credits. The scenes aren’t related to a plot, instead they are pure gags which go for broke in their efforts to send up the franchise itself, its star and more.
There’s a lot of people calling them the best post-credits stingers ever for a Marvel Comics film and you’d be hard-pressed to argue, but according to the film’s scribes there were two ideas they had for the scenes that didn’t make the cut – one nixed early in development, the other which was actually shot and then edited out.
Speaking with Uproxx, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese said they really wanted to show off some more X-Force candidate interviews including an appearance by current Captain America actor Chris Evans reprising his role of The Human Torch from “Fantastic Four”. Asked if they approached Evans, Reese said:
“No, no, we never got that far. Someone had the idea we actually did and we thought that was better. But we definitely had a lot more X-Force interviews with bizarre, random people coming in to interview.”
The other scene which was shot, but then removed, follows on from a joke thread early on in the film and considers the classic time travel paradox – if you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you? The writers explain what happened:
Reese: “Deadpool goes back and kills baby Hitler at the very end. That’s what was supposed to happen.”
Wernick: And not just supposed to happen, we shot it.
Reese: We shot it and we put it in front of an audience. 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, ‘ohhhhh.’ And we thought we don’t want to leave the crowd on an ‘ohhhhh.’ 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.
Wernick: “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: “Now he looks just enough like him that he can get up the courage to do it.”
That scene simply played too dark and left the film on a strange note, as opposed to the final post credits sequence which still involves a dark act but in a much more amusing light. “Deadpool 2” opens in cinemas on May 18th.