SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Deadpool 2, in theaters now.
It seems studios have finally wised up and instead of giving away too much of a movie in trailers; they're now using footage intended to misdirect fans from what will actually happen. Avengers: Infinity War did this by using fake footage of the Hulk in Wakanda, and now Fox has done the same for Deadpool 2.
After seeing several bombastic trailers, fans were expecting loads of action sequences involving Deadpool and his X-Force teammates such as Terry Crew's Bedlam and Lewis Tan's Shatterstar, but they were certainly in for a rude awakening. In trailers leading up to the film's release, Deadpool is shown leaping out of a plane with his assembled X-Force crew. However, everyone (except Deadpool and Domino) parachute to their deaths due to high winds. According to the movie's writers, this was intended to fool audiences into thinking that Ryan Reynold's Wade Wilson would indeed be getting help against the time-traveling Cable.
"Shatterstar helped, because he was an original member of X-Force. I think that’s the one that made people think, 'OK, this is legit,'" said co-writer Rhett Rheese in an interview with CBR. "Also, we had actors who were really generous, and they were willing to shoot footage that they knew and we knew wasn’t going to end up in the movie, but was only going to be in marketing material."
"So we had Terry Crews out there fighting stunt guys, knowing that it was only going to be in commercials — and we did use it, it’s in commercials and it’s in trailers," he added. "It was all to help mislead the audience on this big gag. It was very elaborately constructed to make sure people bought it."
X-Force's demise led to Cable eventually joining Deadpool and Domino to save the soul of a youngster, Russell, who was on the path to becoming a villain called Firefist. So, in a sense, this humorous plot twist did create room for the real X-Force to appear in the future. "There was a moment in time we were going to do standees, their own posters, we were going all in on this idea," added co-writer Paul Wernick.
"We were really going to try and convince people that they were going to be alive so that nobody sniffed it. And I think it worked, in the sense that nobody sees that coming," added Rheese. However, the writers maintained that because of Deadpool using time-travel to save loved ones in the mid-credits -- his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and the simpleton known as Peter (Rob Delaney) as two examples -- any of these members can be revived, once they prove beneficial to the narrative, of course.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film is playing in theaters everywhere.