Joke Targeting Disney Was Forcefully Removed From Deadpool 2

The “merc with a mouth” has made fun of pretty much everyone and everything in the pop culture industry without any conscious whatsoever, an aspect that has been greatly enjoyed by the audience. However, when it comes to Deadpool 2, there was one particular joke that was deemed too uncomfortable — at least by 20th Century Fox.

Speaking with EW in a recent interview, actor Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson) revealed that the upcoming sequel originally had his character poking fun at Disney. Since Reynolds is also a co-writer on the project, it is assumed that he personally penned the joke in this instance. 20th Century Fox, though, stepped in to forcefully remove it.

“This is a sore spot for me because there’s a joke in the movie that is not in the movie now because — I’m probably not even allowed to say this — Fox made me take it out,” said Reynolds. “It had more to do with Disney, and they made me take it out. As I look back at it, I think maybe that was a wise decision.”

There is no word on what the joke entailed. Deadpool (2016) broke the fourth wall to set crosshairs on the X-Men, Lord of the Rings, Green Lantern, and more. The upcoming sequel, in similar fashion, makes fun of the DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe. The joke targeting Disney may have been removed because the company is currently involved in acquiring 20th Century Fox in a landmark deal.

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch this time around, is scheduled to release on May 18, 2018. The movie stars Josh Brolin (Cable) and introduces the X-Force for the first time.