SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2. If you have not yet seen the film, please bookmark this page, and save the read until after your screening!
Despite being R-rated and much smaller in scale than most superhero movies, 2016’s Deadpool did keep up a mainstream trend in one way, as it included a special post-credits scene for fans. A reference to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the tag had the titular Merc With The Mouth dressed in a bathrobe and making promises about Cable’s introduction in Deadpool 2. Now that sequel is finally here, and it too has a memorable, wonderful set of end credits scenes to enjoy.
What happens in these sequences? How does it affect what audiences saw in Deadpool 2? What are some ideas that didn’t make it to the big screen? We have the answers to all those questions and more below and on the next few pages, so without further delay, let’s dive in!
What Happens In The End Credits Scenes
Deadpool 2 ends on a mostly positive note, as Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) finds his peace with himself among his new family — but the end credits scenes basically serve to make is a SUPER happy ending. While Cable (Josh Brolin) says earlier in the movie that his time travel device is two-use only, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Breanna Hildebrand) and Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) fix it so that it can be used a hell of a lot more than that. Unfortunately, they make the mistake of putting it in Deadpool’s hands, and he uses to do anything he wants — a bad decision that the couple quickly realizes together.
As Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” cues up on the soundtrack, Deadpool makes his first stop by traveling back to one of the earliest scenes in the film. Specifically, he goes back to a few seconds just before Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is killed, and makes sure that he is much more adept with his cream cheese spreader throwing abilities. With the love of his life spared, he declares that they need to name their kid Cher, and then ventures off for more timeline screwiness.
Deadpool then arrives mid-way through the X-Force’s parachute blunder — but if you think he’s going to bother saving Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), or Vanisher (Brad Pitt) you just don’t know Deadpool. Instead, the Merc With The Mouth uses this opportunity to exclusively save the life of the gloriously-mustachioed Peter (Rob Delaney), who he has clearly fallen for hard. Wade tells Peter to just walk away and leave the mission behind, saving him the horrible fate of being vomited on and melted by a dying Zeitgest. This weight of this is clearly lost on the normal fellow, as his last request to DP is that he give Domino his email.
Stop #3? The third act of Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is one of the darkest moments in Deadpool history. Fans are brought back to the most notorious scene in that film, where it’s revealed that Wade Wilson has been transformed into a mouthless mutant with razors in his arms and laser eyes. Only in the Deadpool 2 version that doesn’t happen. As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) looks on, snarking, “Stryker finally found a way to shut you up,” the real Deadpool comes up from behind the abomination and shoots him in the head. This isn’t quite enough, though, as he feels compelled to essentially unload an entire clip in the version of Deadpool that everyone wants to forget.
After that we get to the fourth and final mission, which finds actor Ryan Reynolds sitting pretty in his home and at his desk. In his hands is the script for Green Lantern, and with sheer joy the young man says to himself, “Welcome to the big leagues, kid.” Before Reynolds can make this terrible, terrible career decision, however, Deadpool comes up from behind him and blasts a hole in his skull. The titular hero then delivers the last line of Deadpool 2: “You’re welcome, Canada.”
It’s an epic sequence that is unquestionably one of the best ever seen in the comic book movie genre. But what does it mean for Deadpool 2? We’ll get into that next, with quotes from writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick!