Deadpool 2 is officially out in theaters, and the internet is full of stories about Easter eggs and big honking spoilers. Before you accuse news outlets (like this one) of spoiling the movie though, consider that Ryan Reynolds 100 percent spoiled the ending of his own movie in an official promotional statement more than a week before the movie came out.
In case it wasn’t already obvious, this post contains spoilers for Deadpool 2.
On May 9, more than a week before Deadpool 2’s May 18 premiere, Ryan Reynolds tweeted out a letter that made fun of Avengers: Infinity War’s big push for secrecy. That effort, #ThanosDemandsYourSilence, became #WadeWilsonDemandsYourSisterSorryStupidAutoCorrectSilence in Deadpool’s spoof. It all seemed very silly, until the third paragraph:
Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot. One of them is not Ryan Reynolds. We’re asking that when you see Deadpool 2, you don’t say a fucking word about the fun shit in the movie. Cause it’d be super lame to spoil the fact that Deadpool dies in this one. Kidding. Not kidding. Kidding?
So, uh, if you’ve seen the movie, you know that Deadpool does indeed die in Deadpool 2. He has two near-death experiences — one which comes in the first 5 minutes of the movie — and he dies for real at the end. However, thanks to Cable’s time-traveling device, Wade Wilson is spared from a permanent death, meaning Deadpool 3 isn’t off the table.
Even though the death didn’t quick stick, Deadpool’s demise is still a huge part of the movie’s plot and that final “death” is the emotional climax of the movie. Deadpool 2 is intentionally pretty flippant with its narrative stakes, so knowing that the Merc is going to die at some point doesn’t really take anything away from your enjoyment while watching the film, but it is extremely Deadpool-core to have the star “jokingly” spoil the actual events of the film. It’s a pretty good goof.
Deadpool 2 is now in theaters.