Deadpool Recounts the Long, Eventful Journey of the Two Film Franchise

If there’s anything to be said about Deadpool, it is that nothing is sacred. Not even the masterfully crafted and brilliantly delivered Marvel Universe in which he lives. The MCU has been enjoying a whiz bang ten-year anniversary since Iron Man launched the franchise. Black Panther roared to the top of the box office and Avengers: Infinity War is handily smashing the competition. The Merc with the Mouth decided to take his own trip down memory lane to reflect on the decade long journey to get to Deadpool 2.

Deadpool himself (Ryan Reynolds) recounts the early days when in 2008, the movie was first conceived. He might be fudging the numbers a little to align with the MCU arc, but we’ll take it. It’s definitely one of the least outrageous claims he’s ever made. The first film really did have a long road to the screen, so it’s a fair representation.

Wade made his first film appearance as a super mutant in X-Men: Origins: Wolverine in 2009. Being converted into a mouthless weapon trained on killing Logan wasn’t exactly the film debut he had envisioned. What is Wade without his mouthy wit?

In 2011, things really began to hit a rough patch. Wade takes another dig at Ryan Reynolds’ historic flop The Green Lantern, which Reynolds and wife Blake Lively are never shy to mock. Then came resistance from Fox Studios and the infamous online leak. Test footage was circulated online and Deadpool insists he doesn’t know the source, but it helped get production off the ground. We asked Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick in 2016 if they knew the source of the leak. They also plead ignorance, but agreed it was the rare leak that actually helped matters.

The original film finally made it to theaters in 2016, and a vast, expansive 2 film universe was born. Deadpool said he immediately went on a drug bender, but we’re back. Deadpool 2 features Cable, Domino, and ‘several low-level X-Men.’ A true underdog story. We can’t wait for ‘Phase 2,’ Wade.

Deadpool 2 opens in theaters Friday.

Featured Image: Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.