‘Deadpool’ Original Script Included Wolverine & Taskmaster Cameos

By February 17, 2016

As Deadpool continues to enjoy its much-deserved success from both critics and moviegoers alike, it’s interesting to go back and think of all the many forms the film could have taken throughout the past ten years or so that it has been stuck in development. These include, but are not limited to, the various numbers of cameos and characters that were meant to have appear in the film throughout the years.

While the film packs in more-than-enough references to Hugh Jackman and Wolverine throughout, Ryan Reynolds recently confirmed that the iconic X-Men character was originally set to make an appearance in the film, and was included in Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script at one point. It turns out though, he wasn’t the only character the Merc with a Mouth would have likely annoyed.

During a recent conversation with EW, Reynolds revealed that not only were there multiple conversations to include Wolverine, but Taskmaster was included in the original script for the film as well:

“We had endless [conversations about other X-Men]. Taskmaster was in the script originally, too expensive. We had versions where we wanted Hugh Jackman in there, we wanted all kinds of cameos from different people, but it just becomes a big mess for the studio.

“We went through such hell developing the script and which X-Men we could keep and which we couldn’t and it just turned into a nightmare. The studio would just say, ‘too expensive, too expensive, too expensive’ to everyone. So finally we were like well, ‘what about Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ and they said, ‘Negasonic, what?’”

With Deadpool exceeding basically every expectation that industry analysts and experts had for it financially, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox is a bit more lenient with the characters they let included in the film’s sequel. The script for the sequel is already in the works from the sounds of it, with a certain X-Force team member already basically confirmed for the film’s sequel, I can only imagine the characters and cameos might actually appear in the sequel.

If I had one wish for this sequel though, I’d just like to see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine interact with an actually accurate onscreen version of Deadpool. I don’t know if it will happen, but I think it’d be a pretty nice stop on what will likely be Jackman’s farewell tour to the X-Men universe.

Deadpool is in theatres everywhere now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable