Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Deadpool 2.
Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese confirm that the movie's post-credits scene is canon. The writing duo has once again delivered a knock-out film following their enormous success with 2016's Deadpool. Some people are even claiming that the sequel is better than its predecessor, which is surprising considering how much anticipation there was for the film. This time, however, they got a writing assist from the movie's lead star, Ryan Reynolds, as well as a brand new director in David Leitch, who took over the project after original helmer, Tim Miller, exited.
There's obviously a lot to unpack from the latest comic book film, which is chockful of Marvel easter eggs and gory action, partly due to the character's unique ability to break the fourth wall, not to mention his no-holds-barred brand of humor. However, what arguably stuck with people the most is Deadpool 2's post-credits scene, in which Wade traveled back in time to prevent catastrophes such as Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine from happening. The result is perhaps the most meta-gag that the franchise will ever pull-off But the question remains, is it canon?
During a Reddit Q&A on the heels of the release of Deadpool 2, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were asked an important question that has been boggling people's minds since they saw the film: is the sequel's post-credit scene canon? They answered positively, replying: "Yes, the after credit scene is CANON! Don't expect that device to stick around beyond this movie, though", thus referring to Cable's time-traveling device.
Evidently, the stinger was already a hit long before the movie even hit theaters, as early reviews specifically cited it. Some reviewers even called it the best post-credit scene ever. But, with the memory of Reynolds doing X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern within the Deadpool lore no longer a thing, it's curious if Wade will still use both films as source materials for his jokes. The actor's involvement in the badly-received comic book flicks have constantly been a part of both his and Wade's schtick. Now that they supposedly didn't happen, it will be interesting to see whether or not they will still be referenced moving forward.
Perhaps now is the right time to move on from said jokes and come up with new ones. After all, those quips have been used repeatedly in the last two films, as well as during promotions. That said, Deadpool and Reynolds can't really get rid of those movies as easily as they did in Deadpool 2. They're part of both franchise's tumultuous histories. Those missteps actually make it unique and special considering that they're reminders of how passionate the people behind these movies are, that they kept on working despite numerous setbacks.
Source: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese
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