Deadpool 2 director David Leitch says certain jokes from the sequel's trailers won't make the final cut of the film. Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds is known for his motor-mouthed comedic performance style, much like his X-Men counterpart. It thus came as little surprise when Reynolds confirmed that he improvised a fair amount during the filming of the original Deadpool movie, along with some of his costars. While many of those on-the-fly jokes made the final cut, many more were naturally left on the cutting room floor and either appeared in the trailers only and/or as DVD and Blu-ray extras.
It's already been acknowledged that Reynolds and his fellow cast members also did plenty of improvising during the production of Deadpool 2. Of course, the sequel still features plenty in the way of scripted comedic scenarios and jokes, many of which have no doubt been featured in the Deadpool 2 trailers already. Some of the pre-planned comedy was even scripted by Reynolds, who shares writing credit on the sequel with returning Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Leitch has nevertheless confirmed that there's far more improvised Deadpool 2 footage than could possibly be fit into the actual movie.
When interviewed by Fandango, Leitch said a lot of raw Deadpool 2 footage wound up on the cutting room floor "because you do all this improvisation, and you might have three or four versions of one of these moments." He further revealed that some of those alternate jokes and takes have been included in the Deadpool 2 trailers and TV spots as "Easter Eggs", but won't be featured in the theatrical version of the film:
"There might be one punchline that we had three versions for and we loved them all, and only one can live in the movie, so we might have snuck a couple in sort of additional materials that people can discover. Like, "Oh my God, he used to say this, but now he says this." They're not plot changing, they're just really punchlines to the jokes, or pop culture references that Ryan is a genius coming up with."
This is nothing unusual for comedy films; even the original Deadpool's trailers included alternate versions of scenes that made the final cut (see, for example, Weasel's reaction to seeing Wade Wilson's face post-treatment). The Deadpool 2 trailers have already riffed on the DCEU and other Marvel movies many times over (including the X-Men movies themselves), in addition to other pop culture targets. It's to be expected that the final (read: best) versions of certain gags would be held back for the actual movie, rather than given away ahead of time.
Deadpool 2's trailers have further taken shots at the fact that Josh Brolin is playing both Cable in the film and Thanos in this month's MCU blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. When asked by Fandango, Leith admitted that the film might also include references to the fact that it's sandwiched between the release of two mega-tentpoles, in the forms of Infinity War and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story (which opens at the end of May):
"[Laughs] I think we might have a couple comments in the film. That would be fun for people to hear those jokes. They're definitely fresh and timely when they come up."
The fact that three major franchise movies are hitting theaters within the next four weeks (or so) hasn't been lost on anyone. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld even predicted that Deadpool 2 would crush Solo, back when the young Han Solo movie was being released before the Deadpool sequel. Things have changed since then and it's believed that Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Solo all have enough breathing room between them now to thrive. All the same, it would be fun to see The Merc With a Mouth give a nod to the situation in his own movie.
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