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It's hard to be a movie-fan and not love extended cuts - especially for a good film. Sure, there will be some material included that clearly needed cutting, but at the same time it's always exciting to both peak a bit of the creative process and get a bit of bonus footage that might have otherwise never been seen. The newest example of this is the Super Duper Cut of Deadpool 2 that has been released as part of the blockbuster's home video release, and with 15 extra minutes included, it's really quite a treat.
But prior to purchase, what can fans on the fence about the cut expect? For those of you who are curious, we have put together this feature, cataloging the major differences between the theatrical cut and Super Duper Cut of Deadpool 2 (meaning that it won't include the parts with alternate dialogue or small bit changes). There is some pretty notable stuff for audiences to chew on, and the special material can be found right in the beginning of the movie:
Extended World Tour
Following its explosive flash forward, Deadpool 2 opens finding the Merc With The Mouth on a killer world tour, taking down bad guys in various Asian and European locations. By itself it's a great sequence, but the Super Duper Cut wonderfully offers much, much more. The individual parts of the montage are each enhanced and extended, with the true highlight being the action in Japan. Rather than being cut up like it is in the theatrical edition, the bathhouse scene is instead all done in one amazing, single spinning shot -- and it's honestly beautiful work. It's a shame that it had to be trimmed, but it probably just couldn't exist in full form with the bits in China and Italy being abbreviated. And I'll get into why the edits were ultimately necessary in the next bit...
Extra Suicide Attempts
The theatrical version of Deadpool 2 has the titular hero being very specific in his method of suicide. After letting as much gas as possible leak into his apartment, he lies down on top a bunch of gasoline barrels and blows himself into a million pieces. In the Super Duper Cut, however, he has a few more failed attempts at dying to try. Specifically, he first takes a very dangerous trip to the zoo, and then takes a quick step off the top of a tall building. It's great material and really funny, but it's pretty obvious why it was removed. Between the montage and the material mentioned in the previous section, there is a whole lot happening before the plot starts kicking in, and doesn't get moving as quickly as it should.
Russell Arrives At Essex House
Russell's arc is mostly untouched by the extended footage in the Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut, but there actually is one big alteration to his timeline. While the theatrical version suggests that the kid has been at Essex House for quite a while, the scenes that are used for flashbacks are re-implemented into the extended edit has full scenes featuring Russell arriving at the mutant torture factory disguised as an orphanage. It makes it seem like he had only been there for a few days before the incident that brings in the X-Men, which weirdly doesn't track in the rest of the film and the experiences the character shares later in the story. It doesn't work nearly as well as a lot of other things in the Super Duper Cut, and it's one of the things that is better in the feature you already saw on the big screen.
An Extended Stay At The X-Mansion
Deadpool 2's theatrical cut doesn't make it seem like a lot of time passes between Colossus bringing the Merc With The Mouth to the X-Mansion and the anti-hero going on his first mission as an X-Men Trainee -- but that's because there is a key sequence missing that extends his stay. The Super Duper Cut includes not only alternate gags and jokes that vary greatly from what we've seen, but also extra material like Wade replacing the tape labels on food in the refrigerator with fancy Velcro. It also has the effect of turning a joke in the original version into a weird payoff (the key words are "soap dispenser). This is honestly one of my favorite bits in the extended edit, and I kind of wish it had been included for the big screen experience.
Russell And Juggernaut Go Shopping
Of all the scenes mentioned in this feature, this one is definitely the shortest -- but it's such a fun beat that it is worth bringing up. Set after the convoy crash while Deadpool is re-growing his legs at Blind Al's place, the scene finds Russell and Juggernaut causing a bit of chaos, specifically at a superstore where they have been shopping. Apparently the hot-headed/fisted kid wanted to pick up some new duds before their raid on Essex House, and while Russell gets some stuff, it winds up being a failure for the big guy. It's a nice little scene because it helps explain what the "villains" are up to as all of the heroes are reconvening, but also doesn't wind up being super necessary, explaining its removal for the theatrical version.
Deadpool Tries A Lot Harder To Recruit Colossus
By the time the third act stars in Deadpool 2, Colossus has plenty of reason to be mad at the eponymous mercenary. After all, he tried to train the little guy to become a hero, and instead watched him shoot a nurse with secret sex lips in the forehead. As such, it makes sense when he doesn't respond to Wade's Say Anything-esque plea for forgiveness -- but the Super Duper Cut offers a different response from the Russian mutant. Rather than just ignoring him, Colossus winds up confronting the wannabe good guy... and there is also some great extra stuff with Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio as a bonus. It doesn't add a great deal narrative-wise, but it is quite funny, and a nice addition to the feature.
More Of The Juggernaut Fight
Coming from a stunt background, you would have assumed that director David Leitch would have been precious about Deadpool 2's action sequences -- but that isn't really the case. In order to get the theatrical cut down to a tight two hours, he was willing to cut down on what are some fantastic battles. A perfect example is towards the end of the movie as Cable and Domino are fighting against Juggernaut. The Super Duper Cut not only has a wonderful extra bit of Domino's wonderful luck powers (making innovative use of a seesaw), but notably also includes some very different music, with "Welcome To The Party" by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia replaced with "Fight Dirty" by Mischief Brew & Guignol.
Wade Gets A Bit More Time With Vanessa In The Afterlife
Speaking of changing music, Deadpool 2's Super Duper cut makes another significant change in the song department late in the film -- specifically after Wade has successfully managed to kill himself with a power-negating collar and a bullet. The theatrical cut notably includes a wonderful acoustic rendition of "Take On Me" by Ah-Ha (which is actually vaguely referenced in the aesthetic as well), but the longer edit replaces it with a remixed version of Celine Dion's credits theme, "Ashes." This is likely because the new version is extended and may not have properly synced up, but what it does put on the table is some wonderful real emotion and love showcased between the lead hero and Vanessa... who he does eventually manage to rescue from death's grip.
Killing Hitler... Or Not
Of all the material cut from Deadpool 2, this is probably the most notorious. Writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed early on that there was originally going to be a scene in the end credits where Deadpool goes back in time to kill baby Adolf Hitler, and fans can now watch it for themselves in the Super Duper Cut. Coming after a number of alternate takes of the other mid-credits scenes (with the X-Men Origins: Wolverine one being a bit funnier than its theatrical counterpart), the bit takes our hero to a nursery in late 19th century Austria where he is forced to make a very hard choice. It's a great moment that I now wish had been kept in -- though it should also be acknowledged that you need to stay until the very, very end of the film to get the full experience.