Though it is itself a superhero movie, “Deadpool” and its sequel are full of meta-jokes that make fun of other superhero movies. The first movie even had a post-credits scene specifically designed to make fun of post-credits scenes. It riffed on the post-credits scene of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in which Ferris (Matthew Broderick) comes out of the bathroom in a robe, to find the audience still watching him, and tells them to go home.
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) does a similar joke, robe and all. He jokes that there wasn’t enough money to do a post-credits teaser for “Deadpool 2,” so he just explains that it’ll include Cable.
So is there another funny potential teaser at the end of “Deadpool 2?”
Without spoiling too much, we can tell you that yes, there’s something to stay for when the “Deadpool 2” credits role. In fact, it’s not a post-credits scene, but a mid-credits scene. You’ll want to stick around at least until after the portion of the credits that includes a number of hand-drawn “Deadpool” characters to see everything the movie has to offer.
Spoilers beyond this point!
The mid-credits scene for “Deadpool 2” is part plot point, part massive joke about star Ryan Reynolds.
It concerns the time travel device that Cable used to come back in time early in the movie. At the end, Cable uses its last charge in order to prevent Deadpool from dying, but in the mid-credits scene, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) is able to repair it, and she hands it over to Wade.
Deadpool first uses the time travel device to go back to the beginning of the movie and save Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Then, he goes a little further in time to the X-Force’s ill-fated attempt to parachute onto the convoy carrying Russell (Julian Dennison), where he stops Peter (Rob Delaney) from getting zapped by acidic vomit from Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard).
Next, Deadpool goes ahead and makes some changes to his corners of the superhero movie world. He travels back to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” where Reynolds first played Deadpool alter-ego Wade Wilson. That movie shows Wade in the Weapon X program with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and at the end, Wade is turned into a mutant monster bad guy with his mouth sewn shut and controlled by a computer. In “Deadpool 2,” Deadpool visits “X-Men Origins” and quickly murders the universally panned version of the character.
Deadpool then cleans up one other issue in the most meta joke in the movie. He travels ahead and finds the actual Ryan Reynolds reading the script for 2011’s “Green Lantern.” Rather than let himself take part in another badly received superhero project, Deadpool shoots the actor version of himself.
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