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Deadpool 2's biggest unanswered questions

Deadpool 2 is finally here, and it left fans with more than just a couple hours of rude quips, rapid-fire jokes, pop culture references, and (of course) killer action sequences — it also left them with a lot of questions. Sure, continuity isn't exactly the most important thing in a Deadpool movie, as hilariously proven in the mid-credits scenes. And as the movie itself pointed out with a wink, some shortcuts — like Cable only being able to use his time travel device one more time — are more a matter of writing convenience than anything else. 

Still, there are some questions we'd definitely love to have answered after this movie, even if those answers have absolutely no meaning. So grab your stack of X-Force comic books and get ready for a bumpy ride, because there's a high wind advisory in effect for the rest of this spoiler-filled look at the biggest unanswered questions in Deadpool 2

Where ARE the other X-Men?

Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the Deadpool gang have made a lot of hay over the fact that the only X-men who appear in the two Deadpool movies are Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. While this was just a wink and nod one-liner in the first film, this time around, the rest of the team actually makes a hilarious cameo, deliberately avoiding Deadpool because... well, wouldn't you?

As funny as that was, though, we have to ask: where exactly are the rest of the X-Men during the climactic final fight against Juggernaut? One of the most dangerous mutant menaces in the world is attacking an orphanage filled with vulnerable mutant children. This is quite literally the exact reason the X-Men exist in the first place. And yet the only ones who bother to show up are, you guessed it, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (along with her girlfriend Yukio). What else could possibly be going on that's so important that Professor X, Jean Grey, Wolverine, and the rest of the A-team couldn't be bothered to make an appearance? 

Funny, sure. But still weird. 

What happened to the rest of X-Force?

Arguably the funniest sequence in Deadpool 2 is the amazing comedy of errors in which the newly formed X-Force tries to parachute down to attack the convoy carrying Russell, only for almost every single one of them to be horribly — and hilariously — killed off in graphic and preposterous ways. Saddest of all, of course, is the death of gregarious everyman Peter thanks to a face full of acid vomit. 

Luckily, during the end credits scene, Deadpool uses Cable's time machine to go back in time and change events so Peter is saved. Which begs the question: what happened to the rest of X-Force? Did Deadpool bother to save the lives of the rest of the team he assembled? We never find out, though his comment about how nobody liked Shatterstar suggests at least one of the team might not be back for Deadpool 3. Here's hoping we get to at least see more of Brad Pitt's Vanisher next time, though. 

What's Cable's deal?

Josh Brolin is having quite a summer at the movies. But while his version of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War is pretty close to the comics, there are still a lot of unanswered questions around Cable, all of which add up to one big question: what's his deal?

In the comics, Cable is born in our time period, and sent to the future to save him from a techno-virus that is slowly turning him into a robot. He's also the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey's evil clone, and uses his inherited telepathic and telekinetic abilities to keep the virus in check. Oh, and he comes back from the future to protect the prophesied mutant messiah, Hope, who he adopts as his daughter.

So, like... is any of that at all happening in the movies? Is he still Scott and Jean's son? Is Hope an adopted mutant messiah? Does he have the technovirus, or is that just a robot arm? Does he have mutant powers? At several points in Deadpool 2 his weapons fly across the room to him — is that telekinesis, or some kind of technological gadget?

In short, we know almost nothing about the movie version of Cable. Here's hoping we get to know a lot more about him in the future — no pun intended. 

Is Vanessa actually Death?

So, is Vanessa actually the avatar of Death?

Bear with us on this one. 

In the first Deadpool, Wade Wilson has a super healing factor that even kept him from dying when he was stabbed through the brain. That's pretty powerful. But in Deadpool 2, his power levels seem to be ratcheted up more than a few notches. In fact, he completely blows himself apart in the opening sequence, with his head flying off and all his limbs going every direction, only to get pieced back together. In effect, Deadpool is now immortal, something he mentions several times in the film, claiming he just can't die. 

This is actually true in the comics, as we see in a storyline during which Wade falls in love with Death, who takes the form of a beautiful (and sometimes skeletal) woman. Death has a jealous ex, though, who you might know — Thanos. He curses Deadpool with immortality so that Wade and Death can never be together, only meeting occasionally in brief flashes of the afterlife when he is literally on death's door — only to be yanked back to life no matter how hard he tries.

That sounds a lot like the relationship Wade and Vanessa have throughout Deadpool 2 after she's killed in the opening sequence. Sure, he eventually brings her back to life during the end credits sequence. But still, we have to wonder if Vanessa is actually Death, which would explain why he can't die, why he sees her when he's close to dying, and even why he got cancer as soon as they started a relationship. Hmm!

Will there be a Deadpool 3?

Finally, the big question on everyone's mind: will there even be a Deadpool 3?

With Deadpool 2 set to become another box office smash, it's a no-brainer that the folks at 20th Century Fox would love to make another one, and fans are certainly ready to line up at the drop of a hat. But Ryan Reynolds recently told Entertainment Weekly that he's not so sure. Why? Well, for the best of reasons: he's not convinced it would be a good story. 

"I don't know that there would be a Deadpool 3. I really don't. I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him," he explained. "I don't think that you can keep doing that. I do see him as being a part of X-Force, obviously. I would love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like a mano a mano or a great female character from the X-Men universe. I just think if you're going to do another Deadpool solo film, you've got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do."

Luckily, there's an X-Force film currently in development, and the end of the film certainly seems to set up a team spinoff. So one way or another, there looks to be more Deadpool in our future.

And hopefully, more Peter too. That guy is the best. 

Why did Cable stay in the present?

At the end of Deadpool 2, Cable decides to not return to his own time, opting instead to stay in the present and try to prevent the calamities to come. Or so he says.

Cable's explanation for his choice is tough to swallow. In a film crowded with mercilessly violent characters, Cable's one of the most vicious. The time traveler doesn't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way, whether they're criminals or law enforcement officers. In his attack on the Ice House, he hardly distinguishes between the inmates and the guards. Later, when he attacks the convoy, he knocks helpless prisoners off the speeding trucks, clearly not caring about who has to pay for his revenge.

So this is the guy who's going to delay his triumphant return to his wife and child just to make a difference? Doesn't that seem a little bit too fluffy for Cable?

Right after Cable sees his daughter's blood no longer soaks the teddy bear he carries with him, he reviews something on the disc he uses to travel through time. It seems likely Cable saw something go down in the near future, and that whatever he saw has more to do with his choice than any heroic ideals.

It's also worthwhile to consider that in the beginning of Deadpool 2, when Cable first finds his wife and child, he already has his time travelling machine ready to go, hanging off a strap on his chest. Either in Cable's future everyone just regularly carries time machines on them just in case, or there's a lot more going on than Cable is willing to tell his new allies.

Why isn't Dopinder in jail?

When we left Dopinder in Deadpool, he had just been in a car accident. We heard his cousin, Bandhu, in the trunk of his cab. We learned earlier that — because Bandhu had seduced Dopinder's love Gita away from the cab driver — Dopinder kidnapped Bandhu. Once Dopinder gets rear-ended in Deadpool, we hear his cousin's screams.

In Deadpool 2 we learn that Dopinder is still driving a cab, he wants to be a contract killer like Deadpool, and that he's been working at Weasel's bar in the hopes of learning the trade. But we have no idea how Dopinder managed to get out of a car accident with his kidnapped cousin in the trunk without serving some jail time, or how he still has a cab license.

Deadpool makes a quick comment about believing Dopinder killed Bandhu, but we never get any confirmation of that. We also don't know what happened to Gita. Did Dopinder's plan work? Or was Bandhu just the first in a long line of seductive cousins? Does that have something to do with Dopinder's new dream of becoming a contract killer? Does he somehow think that will win him Gita's hand?

Who else was killed from the Ice House?

Obviously, there probably aren't many prisons anyone would want to be in, but you definitely don't want to be an inmate in the Ice House circa Deadpool 2. Between Cable's assault on the prison and his attack on the transport convoy, a lot of super-powered criminals died in Deadpool 2, either at the hands of Cable, overzealous prison guards, or just dumb luck.

We know Rusty, Wade, Juggernaut, and Black Tom Cassidy were all inmates at the Ice House. We saw Black Tom take a bullet, but what other villains (or maybe even wrongly imprisoned heroes) were killed in Deadpool 2? What other noteworthy mutants had any future franchise plans cut short when Cable kicked them, literally, to the curb?

Perhaps the events at the Ice House and the convoy could be part of the set up for X-Force. Maybe a sudden spike in violent mutant crimes — due possibly to the nearly complete destruction of an prison for mutants as well a convoy transporting some of the most dangerous — is what gives Cable, Deadpool, and the rest of the team their initial purpose.

How did Future Russell survive?

Cable tells Deadpool and his allies that his entire reason for being in the present is to kill Russell — hence, stopping him from killing Cable's family in the future. But if you don't question whether he's telling the truth, you may still wonder whether he's telling the whole truth.

During the car ride to the climactic battle at the Essex School, Cable tells Deadpool that he – and presumably a huge chunk of humanity — don't survive into the future, implying that a series of human-caused calamities killed most of the world's population.

But if that's the case, then how does Russell survive into Cable's future? Sure, his powers give him the potential to be a tough customer, but so do Deadpool's. With his healing factor, you would assume Deadpool would be as extraordinarily long-lived as Logan. Actually, you might expect Deadpool to live a lot longer, since he doesn't have any adamantium-laced bones poisoning him.

It could be just an oversight by the filmmakers, or it could be that we're meant to assume future Russell was meant to be one of the "lucky ones" in terms of the coming catastrophes. But considering the mystery surrounding Cable, it seems smart to not assume anything.