20th Century Fox is releasing ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ this weekend, for a limited run, ending on December 24. In the spirit of the season, $1 from the sale of each ticket will go to fight cancer. The film is a PG-13 edit of the previously released ‘Deadpool 2’ which arrived in theaters in May, but to make up for the cuts, this version includes 20 additional minutes of new footage, including a framing device featuring Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool reading the story of ‘Deadpool 2’ to Fred Savage, in a parody of his classic ’80s flick, ‘The Princess Bride’.
But considering that most audience members will essentially be paying to see a movie they’ve already seen, it’s understandable to want to get your money’s worth. So is it worth sitting through the credits? Will ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ include a new post-credits scene or two?
Yes. ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ features the first mid-credits scenes that were released with the R-rated version of the movie, plus two more. One is an actual scene, but the other is a tribute to Stan Lee.
Stan Lee did not create Deadpool or any of the other characters in the film, but, of course, he laid the foundation for their creation by establishing the Marvel Universe. The post-credits footage includes outtakes of Lee’s cameo from the film proper, including one where he asks Wade Wilson why his costume isn’t green. This footage is interspersed with interview footage, including the surprisingly candid admission regarding his “legacy” in which he says:
“I don’t think about it that much, you know? When I’m gone, I really don’t care.”
‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ is actually the first theatrical release based on a Marvel property to be released after Lee’s passing last month, so a tribute is fitting. He will also be honored with a cameo in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ which is also releasing this weekend. And just after his death, an animated version of Lee popped up in Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’.
Lee filmed a cameo for ‘Avengers: Endgame’, and is rumored to have possibly filmed a few more to potentially be used in the case of his passing, but we’ll have to see if that turns out to be true. If not, rest assured that the filmmakers of future Marvel projects will find new ways to pay tribute in their own ways.