Joe Quesada, the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Comics, has seen Deadpool 2, and says that it has one of the best post-credit scenes in the history of cinema.
The film, following up from 2016’s Deadpool, has the title character (played by Ryan Reynolds) gather a group called X-Force to battle Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-traveling soldier bent on killing a boy named Russell (Julian Dennison).
He made these comments on his Twitter account. First he praised the movie itself, saying that he had laughed more than at almost any other film, and thanked Fox for inviting him. (Though Deadpool is a Marvel Comics character, the movie rights to him are currently owned by Fox Studios.)
“And stick around for what are hands down the best after credits scene in movie history!” he added in a follow-up tweet. “Pure Marvel joy through Deadpool’s lens.”
That’s a big claim, given that the post-credit scene has been made famous by Quesada’s own Marvel Studios. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had examples that range from the heights of epic to the most pointlessly silly, so Deadpool 2 must have done something great if even Marvel’s own people prefer it.
For those who don’t mind spoilers, we can reveal what reportedly happens in the scene (skip the next two paragraphs if you DO mind).
Deadpool asks his companions Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) to use Cable’s technology to travel back in time and save his fiancee, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and teammate Peter (Rob Delaney), both of whom died during the film. He also instructs them to kill the version of Deadpool that Reynolds played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (this fixing the confusing X-Men timeline) and also to shoot Reynolds just after he approved the script for Green Lantern.
The scene not only accomplishes something that fans will appreciate for the coming sequels, but is ridiculous and full of meta-jokes, just like we’ve come to expect. Reynolds and the rest of the Deadpool crew have demonstrated over and over again their dedication to making fun of everybody, including (maybe even especially) themselves.
Deadpool 2 comes out on May 18, and it looks ready to finally dethrone Avengers: Infinity War at the box office and make a $350 million worldwide opening gross.