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But then, this is where things get really interesting. Next, Wade finds himself in the third act of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There, he interrupts the climactic fight between Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Weapon XI, a poor representation of what Deadpool should have been. That depiction of “Deadpool” has been the subject of much ridicule over the years, with Reynolds leading the charge. In fact, the first Deadpool didn’t pull any punches when it came to references to X-Men Origins. So, naturally, Wade now has the means to erase the travesty that was Weapon XI by putting a bullet in his head. And another. And another. And quite a few others after that, just to make sure it never gets back up again.

Wade explains his actions by saying he's correcting the timeline, making sure that 2016’s Deadpool is the only cinematic version of the regenerating degenerate. But Wade doesn’t stop here. Next, he travels to Ryan Reynolds’ home, where the actor is finishing reading the script of 2011's Green Lantern, another film widely ridiculed by fans — and by Reynolds himself. But before Reynolds can sign onto the role, he gets shot in the head by Deadpool, who successfully prevents Green Lantern from being produced.

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Reynolds has always been willingly laugh at himself, and in the mid-credits scene of Deadpool 2, he takes it even further. In the first movie, he joined in on the fun by bashing both X-Men Origins and Green Lantern, effectively apologizing for the role he played in those movies, and the mistakes made by the studios that produced them. Now, he doesn’t just address those mistakes, he actively erases them from the timeline.

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After nine years, Deadpool 2 found an in-story way to course-correct Reynolds’ spotty comic book roles, giving fans a scene that's both warranted and incredibly well-received. It’s something fans have wanted to see, even if they didn't realize it. It’s the perfect ending for Deadpool 2, and one that even manages to open the doors for the future. Now that Deadpool has formed X-Force, and now that he has the means to time travel, the team’s mission can officially begin.

In theaters now, director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapičić as Colossus, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Julian Dennison as Russell and Josh Brolin as Cable.

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