Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for Deadpool 2!
One of the villains of Deadpool 2 originally had a much larger role before the script was changed. Fans around the world have been anxiously waiting to see what Ryan Reynolds and company would deliver next with Fox's violent and vulgar anti-hero. Right from the very end of the first movie, Deadpool promised that Cable would be coming next. They delivered on that front with Josh Brolin's casting and started to lay the groundwork for the X-Force with Zazie Beetz' Domino and others joining too. One of the major questions for the movie, though, was who would be the villain.
Early reports pointed to Jack Kesy joining Deadpool 2 as Black Tom Cassidy. He was said to be the main villain of the film, but the marketing didn't show him at all. Instead, Cable was marketed as the villain and there were indications that Juggernaut would appear too. Kesy is a villain in the sequel but certainly not the antagonist, and this size of a role wasn't always planned.
CBR spoke to Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to discuss all the spoiler-related points of the movie, and specifically asked them about Kesy's smaller than expected role. They revealed that an earlier version of the script gave Black Tom much more to do, but thanks to a variety of reasons they cut his role down to what it is in the final edit.
Reese: There was a a much grander version of him in an earlier script where he actually lives until the end of act three, and he becomes the devil on Firefist’s shoulder, trying to get him to turn bad.
Wernick: He was essentially the villain. There was a script where he was the primary villain of the movie.
Reese: But we thought we were overstuffing the movie a little bit with too many antagonists, too many villains. And also budgetarily, it was very, very expensive, because his powers are to move organic material around — the entire orphanage, and the trees, everything was flying around, and the hailstorms of wood — it was really cool, but it was also really, really expensive, and we just thought, we prefer to throw that money to the CG of Juggernaut as opposed to Black Tom. So he got reduced — and then killed, which I know a lot of people are probably going to be upset about, but we can always go back in time and make anybody alive, so perhaps he’ll come back. Jack did a great job with the character in limited time. That was Black Tom’s role, and it did reduce a little bit, unfortunately.
Considering the history that Black Tom has with both Deadpool and Juggernaut in the comics, Wernick and Reese are well aware that some fans won't be too pleased by them quickly dispatching him. Based on the story that Deadpool 2 ultimately tells however, there's no clear role for Black Tom to play without further crowding the finale. After all, the pairing of Firefist (Julian Dennison) and Juggernaut is a direct result of how Black Tom and his boys treat the young mutant and plays off of Wade's advice to him too.
If anyone is disappointed with the small and short-lived role of Black Tom in this universe, Wernick and Reese don't seem too concerned with making sure this outcome sticks. Reese says later in this interview, "We killed him a little too quickly," and he even jokes about reviving him thanks to Cable's time-travel abilities in the previous quote. After all, the post-credits for Deadpool 2 may have completely changed the timeline anyways, so there's a chance he's alive now in one of the different timelines.
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