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Deadpool 2: First Script Featured The Merc With A Mouth As A Father

Deadpool? More like Dadpool.

Most comic book fans would argue that the foul-mouthed, trigger-happy Deadpool isn't exactly father figure material, but the man behind the Merc with a Mouth would beg to differ. 

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly for his exclusive cover story, Ryan Reynolds revealed that he and Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick originally envisioned Deadpool as a father in the sequel — and that the film's first script actually featured him as one. However, the trio quickly realized that making the red-and-black-leather-clad anti-hero a dad was simply beyond the realm of reality. 

"The genesis of it was 'What if Deadpool had a child?' Like, what if we started five years later and what would that be like? By page 1.5, it was totally untenable," Reynolds explained. "We were just like, 'Nope. Nope. No, no, no. This is never, ever going to work.' We went back to the drawing board and kind of reworked it in a way about wanting to have a child, which is something that so many people I know experience on a daily basis — wanting to have a child but can't."

Though the Dadpool idea was quickly scrapped, Deadpool 2 won't go without elements of a family dynamic. As Reynolds detailed, the quickly approaching sequel is both a raunchy, irreverent, R-rated romp and a film that explores the importance of family. "The first movie is a love story masquerading as a comic-book movie, and this one is kind of a family film masquerading as a comic-book film again," the actor stated. 

Deadpool will still act as something of a guardian in the follow-up flick, taking it upon himself to protect the young mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) from Cable's (Josh Brolin) evil clutches. To do so, he forms a "super-duper f***ing group" called the X-Force, which includes Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), and daddest dad there is, Peter (Rob Delaney). 

Deadpool 2 is due out on May 18.