Warning! This article contains spoilers for Deadpool 2… like, all of them. Every single spoiler.
Y'know, Deadpool isn't really like any of the other Marvel movies. Unlike Captain America, Iron Man or any of the other bright, hopeful superhero flicks the studio has been pumping out lately, Deadpool is all about embracing the darkness.
So we weren't totally surprised when the movie shook things the fuck up within the opening minutes.
As the film gets going we see Deadpool's hot stripper babe of a girlfriend, Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin) accidentally killed in a gun raid on Deadpool AKA Wade Wilson's apartment. The two were uber happy and about to start trying for a baby which makes it all the more sadder.
The film actually played into a common trope of 'fridging,' a phenomenon coined by writer Gail Simone where a female character is killed off to provide emotional fodder for male pain and suffering. For, you know, cinematic purposes. Gross.
Initially, we actually thought the Deadpool creators were being tongue-in-cheek about it because they acknowledged how fucked up it was outright in the opening credits. But in an interview with Vox, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed they actually weren't trying to subvert the trope and killed Vanessa because they wanted to bring Deadpool "low." Yikes!
Anyway, we digress. The question at hand here is: is Vanessa really dead? Like, staying dead?
At the end of the film, in the hilarious end-credits scene, Wade is seen stealing Cable's time-jumping device and going back in time to fuck some shit up. In this little series, he goes back and kills 'Ryan Reynolds' before he picks up the Green Lantern script ("You're welcome, Canada!"), and he goes into the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie and kills the alternate Deadpool, ("Just cleaning up the timeline").
Something else he does is go back to when Vanessa was shot to stop the shooter in time. When he does this, Vanessa is 'saved' and the two are still together.
But is this real? Will Vanessa still be kicking around and looking like a total babe and a half in Deadpool 3?
Answer: Most likely!
Even though the writers weren't exactly clued in on their own 'fridging' conundrum, it looks like what Wade does in those final moments counts.
Rhett and Wernick revealed, "Yes, the after credit scene is CANON! Don't expect that device to stick around beyond this movie, though!"
So, technically the events of the end credit scene are canon (canon meaning an event or part of the story accepted as being a genuine addition to the universe), and we will most likely see Vanessa next movie.
Ryan Reynolds told Collider, "It was obviously that was hugely debated internally for us. Do we do this, do we not do this? That sort of idea of Deadpool snatching Cable's time traveling device and using it in an incredibly irresponsible, reckless way was sort of too good to pass up for us. It was too much fun to pass up for us. But I also like to think that Vanessa is alive and well.
He added: "I love her. I love that character. And I love how much she anchors Wade Wilson in Deadpool. And so, I would certainly love to have more storylines with her in the future."
Director David Leitch said: "Yes, we brought her back. It was intentional. It was something I wanted from the beginning. It was my coda idea to steal the time travel device, and that got everyone really excited and started to generate a lot of ideas, especially Ryan who's like, 'I've got some things I want to fix!'"
Fuck yeah, Vanessa.