Spoilers ahead for Deadpool 2.
Since it arrived in theaters back in May, Deadpool 2 has continued to delight its captive audience. Wade Wilson's second solo film delighted just as much as the first, using a ton of surprising plot turns in the process. This began early in the film, when Morena Baccarin's Vanessa was killed off in the first act, changing the franchise as we knew it by taking away Deadpool's primary motivation. And while the film's post-credits scene essentially retconned it out of existence, Vanessa's death proved Deadpool 2 wasn't playing by the rules. Now Baccarin has shared an awesome behind the scenes video, showing her fatal bullet wound being painted on. Check it out.
Talk about a trigger warning. Vanessa's death is still very fresh, especially after the massive body count in Marvel's Avengers: infinity War. Characters are being killed off in superhero movies, although it's unclear if they'll stay that way. Just look at Vanessa.
Morena Baccarin's Twitter video shows the expert craftsman that goes into each and every bullet wound on set. In a franchise like Deadpool, where bullets are constantly flying, it can be easy for audiences to forget the work that goes into each effect. There are squibs, makeup, and plenty of bloody costumes that make each shot work within the film. While Vanessa wasn't a huge presence during Deadpool 2, her few short scenes required just as much attention to detail as the rest of David Leitch's blockbuster.
While she wasn't alive for much of Deadpool 2, Vanessa still helped move the story forward, giving Wade Wilson a reason to find a new family. That's what starts his forays in the X-Men and X-Force, and he eventually finds a tribe with Domino, Cable, and Firefist. Deadpool's grief also gave the film an emotional core to tug at, and explain why the title character was going through so many changes.
That's part of why Vanessa's resurrection was such a surprising choice. Using the macguffin of time control to keep Morena Baccarin in the franchise somewhat diminished the events of Deadpool 2, and made it clear that the franchise wasn't going to be strict with its canon. Now the possibilities are open for her role in Deadpool 3 and/or X-Force. Fans have been hoping Vanessa would eventually turn into the superheroic Copycat, but so far it's unclear if that'll ever happen.
You can watch Deadpool 2, complete with Vanessa's death and resurrection, on digital now. And Deadpool fans can own their own physical copy on August 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.