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(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Deadpool 2” and the extended “Super Duper Cut.”)
“Deadpool 2” ends with one of the best post-credits scenes in all of movies, but the home video edition improves on it by taking the time travel joke to its logical conclusion.
The unspoken rule of time travel is that if you can go back in time, you should try to kill Adolf Hitler as a baby, before he can rise to power, start World War II, and commit genocide against millions of Jews and other marginalized peoples in Europe. And in the “Super Duper Cut” of “Deadpool 2,” Mr. Pool takes his time-traveling duties seriously in an extended version of the film’s end-credits scene.
The theatrical cut of “Deadpool 2” ended with end-credit scenes in which Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) travels back in time to stop the deaths of his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), and X-Force member Peter (Rob Delaney). He also “cleans up the timelines” by killing the version of his alter-ego, Wade Wilson, who appears in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and assassinating Reynolds himself before he has a chance to star in “Green Lantern.”
But in a deleted scene included in the “Super Duper” cut on the film’s home video release, Deadpool then heads back to 1880, where he stops by the hospital Hitler was born in, where Baby Hitler waits in a crib. After grappling with the situation for a few minutes — it’s way harder than he thought to kill a baby, even if it will grow up to be Hitler — the scene ends with Deadpool reaching into the crib and implies he did the deed.
That’s not the end of Deadpool’s time-traveling meta joke adventure, though. The home video release of “Deadpool 2” also has an extended version of the Baby Hitler scene — and it reveals that Deadpool isn’t quite the monster as the original version would have fans believe.
In that version of the scene, Deadpool reaches into the crib and the shot ends on a fade to black. A second later, though, it finds Deadpool holding Baby Hitler.
“You just never had anyone give a s–t about you, did ya?” Deadpool asks as he bounces the baby. “That’s the real problem here isn’t it.”
In another shot, Deadpool realizes Baby Hitler issue is that he needs changing — badly.
“That’s why you’re such a little bastard, no one’s ever changed you!” Deadpool says. “Kind of smells like Hitler’s anus — which would make sense, wouldn’t it.”
Deadpool winds up changing Baby Hitler, but just because can’t bring himself to hurt a baby doesn’t mean he doesn’t use time travel for the good of all mankind. As Deadpool notes, he knows someone who’s perfectly fine with the concept of traveling back in time to kill bad guys as children: Cable. After all, that’s the entire plot of “Deadpool 2.”
“I don’t have what it takes to do this, so I’m just going to change your diaper real quick, and I’m going to come back with my friend Cable,” Deadpool tells Baby Hitler. “He has a real way with kids.”