As is standard with modern comic book movies, Deadpool 2 includes a bonus scene during the credits as a special treat for fans. According to the writers of the film, though, it’s not the scene originally shot for the end of the movie. However, the initial plan just didn’t sit well with audiences when tested.
According to Rhett Reese, one of the movie’s writers, the Merc with a Mouth was going to use Cable’s time travel abilities in one very interesting way. “Deadpool goes back and kills baby Hitler at the very end. That’s what was supposed to happen,” he tells UpRoxx. “We shot it and we put it in front of an audience. He’s got the crib and he’s standing in the German nursery and he’s leaning over the crib to do it and there was kind of this, ‘ohhhhh.’ And we thought we don’t want to leave the crowd on an ‘ohhhhh.’ So it ended up coming out.”
He continues, “Our last moment was Deadpool saying ‘Maximum effort!’ as he goes in to throttle the baby. It does make you squeamish.” Cross your fingers that this particular makes it onto the home release of the film, given that it does exist out there somewhere.
While that might not have connected with audiences who saw early cuts of the film, it’s not even the strangest version of the scene. Paul Wernick, who co-wrote Deadpool 2 with Reese, remembers it playing out differently in one version of the script. “There’s even a draft of that scene where we back it up even more where he’s standing over baby Hitler and says, ‘God, that is a toughie.’ He finds a Sharpie and draws a mustache on the baby–a little baby mustache–and says ‘Maximum effort!'”
It’s hard to blame the movie’s creative team for not letting moments like these be the final impression on audiences. Still, it would be interesting to see what the reaction would have been, had the movie actually ended with Deadpool killing baby Hitler.
Funnily enough, that wasn’t the only proposed post-credits scene that didn’t end up making it into the movie. As Reese and Mernick reveal, there was also a potential scene that would have seen Chris Evans reprise his Fantastic Four role.
“There were different codas kicked around. There were more X-Force interviews that were talked about. One was Chris Evans as Human Torch,” Wernick admits. As Reese explains, though, the idea never got far enough to pitch it to Evans. “Someone had the idea we actually did and we thought that was better. But we definitely had a lot more X-Force interviews with bizarre, random people coming in to interview,” he says.
Looking further ahead, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has discussed some of the characters he’d like to see starring alongside the Merc with a Mouth in the future. Speaking to Comicbook.com, Liefeld indicated he wants to see the movies go big with cameos.
“Let’s get the entire Six Pack who Cable used to run with,” he said. “Let’s get Bridge, let’s get Hammer, let’s get Grizzly. No, no, no, especially if there’s more Cable we can go in that direction. I did a graphic novel last year that introduced a new nemesis for Deadpool. I was thinking smaller budget. Now, the budgets are insane. There is so much great stuff yet to come.”
Given that Josh Brolin appears in both Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 as different characters, it would have been exciting for Evans, who plays Captain America, to do the same. Either way, the final version of Deadpool 2 does include a mid-credits scene, so make sure you don’t leave early.