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Stuff That Was Too Expensive To Make It In Deadpool

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After a stunning weekend that saw “Deadpool” break records to have the greatest opening weekend ever for an R-rated film, it’s time to reflect.

This latest Marvel installment was awesome and left its own unique mark on the super lucrative franchise.

It’s worth noting recent interviews with the Director and writers, revealing that the budget was cut by $7million and that meant lots of things had to be left out.

We had a big, big gun fight in the third act that we took out and we basically had Deadpool forget his guns as a means of getting around it. So there were just reductions.

What else got cut?

Dr. Killebrewkillebrew

In the movie, Ajax is the Big Bad behind the experiments that turned Wade Wilson into Deadpool. In the comics, he worked for Dr. Killebrew, which makes sense. Mad doctors abound in Marvel, and it makes far more sense for one to be doing these experiments than Ajax, who is the Swiss Army Knife of villains in Deadpool—he does experiments, he sells people, he fights, he kidnaps them, etc. Originally, Killebrew was supposed to be revealed as the true mastermind at the end of the movie, but Wernick said in the same Cinemablend interview that it was both the need to have a single core bad guy and budgetary concerns that fueled this cut.


In an earlier version of the script, Cannonball was Colossus’ young X-Men partner. That part was reworked to be given to the very minor character Negasonic Teenage Warhead. In the Empire Film Podcast (via Indiewire), Ryan Reynolds said that getting even two X-Men was a nightmare:

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?”

Miller had another explanation, which was that Cannonball would have “been a stupid hick character.” Negasonic, on the other hand, opened up the realm of deadpan teenagers to the writers.

Katherine Trendacosta lists another 3 characters and potential plotlines that didn’t make the cut for budget and other reasons … see the full article here: Everything Too Expensive to Include in Deadpool

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