Fans who saw Deadpool last weekend -- and there were a lot of them, considering the $260 million global box office take -- know that Wade Wilson isn't the film's real hero.
According to the opening credits, that's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film's writers, who wrote themselves a hilarious and egomaniacal credit.
"We came up with that actually," Wernick told Creative Screenwriting. "We just figured that it was a fun nod to the heartache as we’ve had on this thing over the last six and a half years. Screenwriters aren’t at the top of the food chain in the feature world. They often should be, but sometimes they take second billing. It was a fun, fun way for us to poke fun at the hierarchy. We had heroic moments for sure on this movie."
"Also I feel like it was a way of being meta even in the credits," Reese added. "Deadpool knows he’s in a movie and we kind of wanted you as the audience to know right away that there is a writer behind this and they know they’re in a movie so they’re tooting their own horns in the credits. There was something kind of ironically funny about that to us."
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.