VANESSA: So, am I supposed to just smile and wave you out the door?
WADE: Think of it like spring cleaning, only if spring was death.
There's that sardonic tone we were just talking about. Vanessa is sad, afraid, and frustrated; Wade's deflecting from any real exchange of emotion by cracking jokes. He wants to appear detached and tough when inside he's gutted.
WADE: Hey, don't take any s*** from him, Cunningham. How tough can he be with a name like Francis?
Angel Dust looks at Ajax, like "Is this true?"
WADE: That's his legal name. (chuckling) He got "Ajax" from the dish soap.
Wade hits a nerve here. Revealing Ajax's real name and that maybe Ajax isn't as powerful and confident as he wants to appear causes Ajax to ramp up the torture and spend the rest of the movie making like Destiny's Child circa 1999 and asking Wade to say his name.
WADE: Did I say this was a love story? No, it's a horror movie.
The appearance of the film itself can be deceiving. At times, Deadpool practically an offbeat rom-com. (Okay, so really offbeat.) At other times it's a revenge tale. Still other times, particularly when Wade is in Ajax's squalid workshop, it's horrific and downright unsettling.
AJAX: Quick question: What's my name?
Wade doesn't reply.
AJAX: Didn't think so.
Ajax has worked hard (we presume) to reinvent himself as Ajax, so when Wade brings up Francis, it sticks in Ajax's sadistic craw and stays there for the duration. This is just the first of multiple instances when Ajax asks Wade to say his name. Ajax thinks it's a power move; too bad Wade never gives him the satisfaction.
AJAX: You don't want to kill me. I'm the only one who can fix your ugly mug.
Ajax knows how much his appearance matters to Wade, and he uses that fact to keep himself alive, all the while misleading Wade and letting Wade think that he can actually fix his face.
WADE: I'm a monster inside and out. I belong in a f***ing circus.
WEASEL: Wade, Vanessa loves you. She doesn't care what you—
Wade lowers his hoodie.
WEASEL: Oh! Oh.
WADE: Do you like what you see?
WEASEL: No. You look like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado.
Weasel proves Wade's point here, but it seems like he's just doing it for comic effect. What do you think?
WEASEL: Yeah, well you gotta do something to remedy this because as of now, you only have one course of action.
WADE: Damn straight. Find Francis.
WEASEL: Star in horror films.
Weasel is such a helpful, practical friend.
WEASEL: …The douchebag does think you're dead, right?
WEASEL: That's good. You should keep it that way.
WADE: What, like wear a mask?
WEASEL: Yes. A very thick mask. All the time. I am sorry. You are…haunting. Your face is the stuff of nightmares.
WADE: Like a testicle with teeth.
WEASEL: You will die alone. I mean, if you could die. Ideally, for others' sake.
WADE: That'll do.
This exchange shows that Wade's in on the joke when it comes to his appearance. We mean, of course he is. We're willing to bet Wade's already come up with three-dozen insults about his gnarly new face before he sets foot in Sister Margaret's. Still, Weasel's reactions don't do much to encourage Wade to get over himself and go talk to Vanessa.
RECRUITER: Mr. Wilson?
RECRUITER: You're looking very alive.
DEADPOOL: Ha! Only on the outside.
Ironically, it's Deadpool's outside appearance (conveniently hidden from the recruiter by a costume) that makes him feel so dead inside.
DEADPOOL: I should've come and found you sooner. But, baby, the guy under this mask, he ain't the same one that you remember.
Except that, aside from his mottled skin and super powers, he pretty much is. Vanessa has every right to get as mad at Wade as she does once he's all, "Surprise! I'm alive! So sorry I forgot to mention that."
DEADPOOL: Are you sure?
VANESSA: I'm sure.
She removes the mask.
VANESSA: Hey. After a brief adjustment period and a bunch of drinks, it's a face…I'd be happy to sit on.
Call back! In the end, Vanessa proves that her anger and hurt were justified, and that Wade was wrong to assume she was so shallow that she'd kick him to the curb just because he traded terminal cancer for a complexion that looks like raw meat.