Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2. If you haven't seen it yet, you should probably stop scrolling down this page right now, before you read something revealing.
Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reveal one deleted sequence fans can expect to see on the film's Blu-Ray release. The opening weekend of hotly anticipated comic book sequel Deadpool 2 is officially upon fans, and considering that the film quickly shattered the all-time record for Thursday night preview grosses by an R-rated film (previously held by 2017's IT), it seems like just about everyone will have seen it by Monday. Deadpool has now officially launched a franchise, and whether future installments are called Deadpool or X-Force, it's clear that the Merc with a Mouth's cinematic incarnation is here to stay.
As anyone who's seen Deadpool 2 now knows, one of Wade Wilson's primary goals in the sequel is to find some way to kill himself, so that he can be reunited with tragically deceased girlfriend Vanessa. Unfortunately, Deadpool's ridiculously powerful healing factor won't allow death to be an escape for the murderous kinda, sorta superhero. This is illustrated in several ways, most notably when Wade blows himself up, only for the pieces to be gathered up by Colossus and eventually reassemble. Wade is also ripped completely in half by The Juggernaut at one point, which proves to be a minor inconvenience at most.
It turns out though that this plot element of Wade being desperately suicidal was originally supposed to get a greater showcase than it ended up receiving in the final film. During a Reddit AMA session, writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed that not only was a montage of Deadpool attempting increasingly more horrifying suicides in the script, the sequence was actually shot! Here's their full quote, given in response to a question about jokes/gags they wanted to do that didn't make the final cut.
One thing we really wanted to see (and actually shot!) was a Deadpool suicide montage, where DP is trying to kill himself over and over in increasingly violent ways (drinking Drano, jumping into a polar bear enclosure), etc. You should be able to see it on the DVD!
As can be read above, Reese and Wernick stop short of revealing why exactly Deadpool's suicide montage was cut from the theatrical release of Deadpool 2. For most movies, it would be easy to understand why a series of suicides would be cut, but considering many of the very dark jokes that *did* make it into the sequel, this montage hardly seems like too much of an escalation when it comes to tone. If not cut for tonal reasons though, maybe the montage was removed simply for running time reasons, or to get on with the main story quicker. Whatever the reasoning was, at least fans will get to see the montage, which sounds wickedly hilarious.
Of course, thanks to Deadpool 2's ingenious post-credits sequence, Vanessa is now seemingly alive and well again, so one assumes Wade won't be attempting to kill himself again anytime soon. Ah, the magic of time travel, what can't it do? Aside from kill baby Hitler, apparently that was still a bridge too far for test audiences.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018