It’s easy to think that anything goes in a vulgar series like Deadpool, which has distinguished itself within the Marvel universe by spraying the screen with gobs of gore and blush-worthy dialogue. Believe it or not, however, there were some bits that definitively crossed the blurry line that star Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch scrawled out.
One involves a post-credits scene that involved Deadpool traveling back in time to kill Hitler, a premise that doesn’t sound so risque until you factor in that it’s an infant Hitler in danger here. The good news, though, is that the scene, which was shot but excised, will more than likely be available once the flick hits Blu-ray. Leitch confirms this in a new interview with Esquire, during which he also touches on that hilarious X-Force slaughter and everybody’s favorite new character: Rob Delaney’s adorably unremarkable Peter.
But here’s Leitch on the Hitler scene, which he clarifies isn’t actually seen, but rather left ambiguous.
“We never see that. We sort of leave it open to the audience. And that’s what I love about that scene is, because it really makes you think about the character and who Deadpool is, and what was the moral of the story we just told you. And now we’re applying it to this crazy situation. And here we are standing with the potential to change history and it’s like, How are we going to change it?
In the third act, there’s a scene with all of them in the apartment, and there’s a reference to [killing Hitler]. It was a discussion about how do we all feel about this in terms of what’s the last impression we want to leave with the audience. There are so many things that are working well at the end that you want to leave the audience with that impression. As much as I love this joke, we end on a really high note and that’s the way it should end.”
Leitch also confirms that the post-credits scenes that did make the cut, including one that harks back to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, aren’t some kind of “fever dream.”
“It takes place in real time and it is what happens: going back in time and righting those wrongs. The result of those actions are true and real and not false or to be speculated on. I can see why people could be confused like, “They were just messing with us.” But at the end of the day, we have this movie that was built on an emotional driver and we got to experience that Wade-Vanessa relationship in a really tragic and emotional and heartfelt way. We felt this beautiful resolution, and five minutes later we’re like. Whoops. And we pull the rug out. That’s classic Deadpool.”
Maybe most exciting, however, is Leitch’s thoughts on the future of the Deadpool franchise.
“But I also think there’s a lot of really fun, compelling ideas that we haven’t thought of yet. Deadpool in space. I don’t know—you can put him everywhere. If you look in the canon, there are whacky installments of Deadpool. Cross-genre stuff would be fun with Deadpool. Deadpool pirates. A Deadpool WWII movie. I think the opportunities are endless, and it’s just something that speaks to Ryan and the creatives involved. We can do this, so let’s do this.”
Deadpool in space? Throw in Jason Voorhees and Warwick Davis’ Leprechaun and we’re in.