"You watch movies now and within the first five minutes you can chart the beginning, middle, and end," Wernick said. "We always like to be left-of-center, and throw as many curveballs at the audience as we can."
The curviest curveball includes killing off one of the film's top-billed stars, the actor whom Wernick and Reese call their "muse," in one of the film's most delightfully gruesome early scenes. Following Calvin's growth into what resembles a jellyfish monster, Reynolds' character rushes into the ship's lab to try and trap the ticked-off E.T. Despite Reynolds' blowtorch attack, Calvin soon wiggles his way into Reynolds' character's mouth and liquefies his insides while the audience is left watching what happens on the outside.
"It's not often that Ryan has a death scene," Wernick said of his Deadpool compatriot. "It's great to have that happen to him in that movie-star role, so suddenly the audience realizes anything could happen."