Ryan Reynolds explains why Deadpool decided to resurrect Peter in Deadpool 2's post-credit scenes while leaving the rest of his other teammates to die.
Almost a week since its release, the David Leitch-directed flick still reigns supreme at the box office after an impressive $300 million worldwide opening weekend. While there's still so much to unpack about the film, fans are arguably hung-up on the controversial stinger that saw Wade go back in time to save specifically Vanessa and Peter from their deaths. Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese established that the bonus sequences are officially canon. But while fans understand why the Merc With The Mouth saved his girlfriend, it's unclear why he went out of his way to rescue Peter. Reynolds offers some explanation regarding this question.
Sitting down with ComicBook on the heels of the success of Deadpool 2, Reynolds was asked why Deadpool decided to specifically save Peter, leaving the rest of the arguably more known X-Force members dead. Surprisingly, the Canadian actor gave a more straightforward answer, devoid of his usual sarcastic and humorous replies. As it turns out, it has to do something about Wade keeping his promise to his recruit.
"Well here's the thing though, I always felt that it was important to save Peter, just because in the helicopter before we jump, I say to him 'I'd never let anything happen to you, sugar bear. I'm just saying this to impress the other guys.' And we all jump out of the thing. So I felt like that was a promise that Wade made early on in the movie, and it was nagging him, so he went back and got Peter."
Reynolds' explanation makes sense, but keeping Peter alive is also a clever move for Fox considering the traction that the character has garnered since he was introduced. Not only could he add an interesting element in X-Force or future Deadpool sequels (if he returns), he's also the physical representation of the general viewing public in a superhero flick. Seeing a non-powered, normal middle-aged man actually partake in a dangerous mission is pretty cool. It's a bummer he wasn't able to do any heroic deed in Deadpool 2 as that would further drive the point that anyone can be a superhero, but perhaps that's being saved for movies down the line.
It's currently unknown what the future holds for Peter's character, but it's safe to say that since he's still alive, he'll make an appearance in other Deadpool movies and spinoffs moving forward. As for the rest of the X-Force outside Domino, Wade, and Peter, it's hard to definitively talk about their ultimate fates considering the existence of Cable's time-traveling gadget. However, Zazie Beetz has previously hinted that some of them may be reintroduced in Drew Goddard's X-Force, although it's unclear if she actually meant that Shatterstar, Bedlam, Zeitgeist, and Vanisher will be back in the team-up film.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
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