Rob Liefield and Fabian Nicieza created the comic book character Deadpool for Marvel in 1991. It's 27 years later and the Merc with a Mouth is starring in his second feature film, Deadpool 2. Liefield was given the opportunity to see the film ahead of its release and, apparently, the experience moved him to tears. Not totally surprising since the film features a few other of his creations, including Domino and Cable, but probably not the reaction most people would expect from a superhero film known for its laugh-out-loud humor.
Liefield described his experience on Twitter:
I cried at the end of Deadpool 2. Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy, there is no important plane landing sequence I’m referencing.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 11, 2018
I wiped those tears away as fast as I could before the lights came up because I couldn’t have everyone going “ Why is Liefeld crying over Deadpool 2?” Movie is a blast. Dream come true. Spectacular hurdle cleared. Get ready for Cable, Domino and the rest!— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) May 11, 2018
The rest of us will have to wait a few days to know which song plays at the end of Deadpool 2 that would incite such a surge of nostalgia in Liefield. It is, however, a huge comfort to know the character's creator not only approves of Deadpool's film-franchised depiction but that he describes the latest film as a "dream come true." Liefield created Deadpool and the X-Force, which will be introduced in Deadpool 2, because he wanted to get edgier and more violent than Charles Xavier's X-Men were allowed to be. It sounds like Liefield is satisfied with how that violence and edginess comes across in the new film.
Other viewers' initial reactions are already coming in across the internet with the tone of impressions being primarily positive. The film is tracking toward a $150 million opening though it faces tough competition with Avengers: Infinity War steadily pulling in viewers and the immediate release of a new Star Wars film (Solo: A Star Wars Story) the week after it opens.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable and Julian Dennison as Russell. The film hits theaters on May 18.