WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
For the past decade, Marvel Studios has conditioned audiences to remain in their seats past the credits to watch bonus scenes that tease what's to come in the cinematic universe, or offer a laugh. Although Fox's 2016 hit Deadpool wasn't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film still featured a post-credits scene -- albeit not exactly one fans were expecting. In it, Wade Wilson paid homage of John Hughes' 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, while also teasing the arrival of Cable in the inevitable (and not-yet-announced) sequel.
In Deadpool 2, we once again get a fourth wall-breaking after-scene, albeit one that's totally different from its predecessor. Better still, it’s already become a huge crowd-pleaser. The tag not only hints at things to come, it also manages to erase the past in a way that's hilarious, satisfying and yes, somehow organic to the story of the Deadpool franchise.
Early on in Deadpool 2, it’s established that Cable (Josh Brolin), who comes from the near-future, possesses a means of time travel. However, to limit the use of such a device, we're informed that now he's in the present, Cable only has one charge left — enough juice for one final trip, to take him back home. However, circumstances force his hand, and Cable instead chooses to use the device to save Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). That means that time travel is no longer an option ... or so we think.
However, in the mid-credits scene -- actually separated into five vignettes -- Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and her girlfriend Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) repair Cable’s device, which Wade promptly decides to abuse. And yet, although his stops through time start off relatively as we expected, they eventually turn into sonething wholly unexpected.
First on his list is saving the people he lost in the film — the people he loves. No, there aren’t a whole lot of people Wade Wilson loves, but there are at least two. Naturally, Wade travels back in time, to near the beginning of the film, and saves his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) from a grim death. Then, it’s off to save Peter (Rob Delaney), the mustachioed member of X-Force whom Wade swore to keep safe. Yes, Peter lives to tweet another day.