I know what you’re thinking. How can anyone have any questions about Deadpool 2? It’s supposed to be a silly film that you’re not supposed to take seriously. Yes, I get it and a part of me does agree with you. Like the first movie, you’re not supposed to take Deadpool 2 like it has some super strict mythos and any inconsistencies in the plot can all be excused with the reason that “it’s a Deadpool movie!” It’s a movie where the main character knows he’s in a movie, after all! If the filmmakers don’t take it seriously, why should the viewers?
Well, if you’re reading this and asking those very same questions, I gotta ask you why are you taking this so seriously? This is a list of inconsequential questions about Deadpool 2! This is just a collection of some of the questions that popped up in my mind while watching it. Some of them are silly and some of them, well, may have some long lasting impact to the Deadpool movie universe… if you can call it that.
Anyway, before I do continue with this list of inconsequential questions for Deadpool 2, I have to put out the obligatory SPOILER warning as I will be talking about specific plot points and characters. With that out of the way, on with the (inconsequential) questions!
Questions #1: Why do all the X-Men still look young?
Deadpool 2, much like the first movie, is mostly a comedy than a superhero flick. In fact, Deadpool loves to poke fun at other superhero films like the X-Men movies and his second outing is no exception. One of the most hilarious scenes comes early as Deadpool, who is forcibly recruited into the X-Men, complains to Colossus that, like in the first movie, he doesn’t see any other of the students of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters walking about. This is a homage to a running gag that was told in the first movie. However, in a brilliant twist, it turns out that most of the X-Men are there and are just hiding out from Deadpool. You can clearly see Beast, Quicksilver, Cyclops and Professor X, looking very much the same way they looked during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse as Deadpool delivers his rant. Beast then sheepishly closes the door to hide themselves from the Merc with a Mouth.
But waitaminute! Why do they look as young as they did in in 1983? You know, the time when X-Men: Apocalypse took place?
Deadpool 2 should take place during present time, meaning that more than three decades have passed since Apocalypse tried to take over the world! Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy, Professor X and Beast, respectively, look pretty much the same as they did then. Maybe I can buy them not aging all that much but why does Quicksilver still look like a teenager? He should be in his mid-fifties today! Does the mutant gene keep you looking young as well?
Speaking of surprise cameos…
Question #2: Where did Juggernaut come from?
Deadpool 2 had its share of surprise appearances, didn’t it? Besides the aforementioned cameos of Quicksilver, Professor X, Beast and the rest of the “younger” X-Men, we also got a few stars that had some “blink and you miss it” cameos like Brad Pitt as the Vanisher and Matt Damon and Alan Tuydk as the rednecks Cable first encounters when he travels to the present from the future.
Those were all just cameos and they didn’t factor into the story. There was one surprise character that did show up in Deadpool 2 that played a major part of the plot: Juggernaut. He escapes with Russell/Firefist from the transport that left the mutant prison, the Icebox. Why was he in the Icebox in the first place? Well, I’m guessing he was captured after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
But wait! The Juggernaut in The Last Stand wasn’t related related to Professor X. He also looked much smaller in the X-Men film. In fact, there’s no way the Juggernaut from The Last Stand would be captured since the original X-Men timeline was wiped out due to the events of Days of Future Past. At least that’s how I saw it. So, where did this Juggernaut come from? He does say he’s related to a telekinetic mutant who’s in a wheelchair, which is a perfect description for Professor X. Yet in the new timeline that started in X-Men: First Class, which should be the “current” timeline, Charles Xavier didn’t seem to have a brother. So, where did this version of Juggernaut come from?
While we’re talking about the final scene…
Question #3: Where were the rest of the X-Men during the final battle?
After Deadpool accepts to Colossus proposal to become a member of the X-Men (as a trainee), his first official mission involves heading to the Essex House of Mutant Rehabilitation with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to calm a mutant teen with the power to throw energy blasts from his hands. Russell, who calls himself Firefist, is causing havok outside the orphanage/detention center and the police are unable to control the situation. Thankfully, news vans were on the scene, which is probably how the X-Men found out about it.
The end of the film sees Russell/Firefist and Juggernaut return to the Essex House of Mutant Rehabilitation and the troubled mutant teen plans to kill the headmaster for torturing him. This will be his first kill and will lead Firefist into a murderous path that will eventually lead to Cable’s wife and child getting murdered by his flaming hand. Cable uses a time machine to jump back in time with the plan to kill Russell before this happens. He eventually enlists the help of Deadpool and the remaining members of X-Force, which is essentially just Domino, to stop Russell. Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio do show to help with Juggernaut. But where are the other X-Men?
It’s totally possible that they’re on another mission somewhere in the world but shouldn’t recapturing Juggernaut, one of their greatest foes, be one of their top priorities? Also, since Russell is attacking an orphanage filled with young mutants who are being tortured, why haven’t the X-Men interfered? Do they dislike Deadpool so much that they’re okay with other mutants getting hurt in his fight? Not cool, X-Men! Not cool!
Speaking of Cable jumping back in time…
Question #4: Does the time travel device allow them to jump back into their “old” bodies?
Cable’s mission is a self-appointed one as, in his time, Russell has fully adopted his Firefist persona and has grown up with a thirst for blood after killing off the headmaster. Firefist kills Cable’s wife and daughter (named Hope, which I just had to mention) and, in a bid to prevent this from happeneing, Cable travels back in time to kill Firefist before he becomes the murderer. Why didn’t he just go back even further and kill him as a baby? Well, because the writers just copied the plot of Terminator 2, I guess.
Cable travels to our present time and does attempt to kill Russell as a teen, just like in the Terminator series. Well, almost. Cable didn’t have to go in the buff and he was able to bring all of his futuristic equipment with him. Now, here’s where things get weird. Later in the film, Deadpool sacrifices himself to save Russell from Cable’s bullet. This action does stop Russell from becoming a murderous psychopath. Cable, despite only having enough charge for one more trip through time, decides to go back to the moment before the final battle to slip in Vanessa’s metal token into Deadpool’s jacket. The token blocks the bullet and Deadpool doesn’t die.
But why does Cable jump back into his own body? Shouldn’t he and his body gone back in time? It actually seems as if this is how the time travel device works as, during the after credits scenes, Deadpool travels back in time and jumps into his “old” body to save both Vanessa and X-Force member Peter. Yet, Deadpool still transports his current body in time to kill Crappy Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and “prevent” Ryan Reynolds from making the Green Lantern film! Why is time travel here so inconsistent?
Speaking of the after credits scenes…
Question #5: Are Vanessa and Peter really alive now?
As mentioned above, Deadpool uses the after credits scenes to pull off a few time travel stunts. He did these things to, quote, “clean up the timeline.” But are these things canon? Obviously, the scenes where he kills Crappy Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds were just jokes. But what about the ones where he saved Vanessa and Peter? Did those things actually happen? I mean, I was crushed when Vanessa died but Peter? How could they kill off Peter? He was an integral part of X-Force!
I really hope Deadpool going back in time is going to be considered canon. I really want to see more of Peter in the future!
BONUS Question: Why didn’t Hugh Jackman make a cameo?
C’mon, guy who played Wolverine for almost two decades! They managed to get the likes of Matt Damon, Alan Tudyk and Brad Pitt to make a cameo! You couldn’t find the time to just pop in to make a single solitary joke?
No, that does not count! It was cool and all but it still doesn’t count!
Have any other unanswered questions you got from Deadpool 2? Let me know what they are in the comments section below!