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Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld praises Donald Glover's 'brilliant' leaked animated series script

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Jun 26, 2018

It's been another good year for Deadpool. Deadpool 2 is one of the top-grossing films of the year so far, with more than $700 million at the worldwide box office, an X-Force movie is looming (depending on how that whole Disney-Fox arrangement works out), and the Merc With a Mouth remains one of Marvel Comics' most prominent characters. That doesn't mean every Deadpool project out there gets to make it to fruition, though.

Back in March, we learned that a developing Deadpool animated series from Donald Glover (AtlantaSolo: A Star Wars Story) and his brother Stephen had been dropped from FX's production schedule even after receiving a 10-episode order back in 2017. The network cited creative differences between itself, the Glover brothers, and Marvel Television, leaving fans' hopes dashed. For his part, Glover took to Twitter to post a "leaked" script, clearly at least partially composed in the wake of the cancellation news, and to deny whispers that he was too busy with other projects to fully commit to Deadpool. The tweets have since been deleted, but not before the script made the rounds and was widely praised by fans.

One person who also got a chance to see the script, apparently, was Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld. At the premiere of Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp over the weekend, Variety took a moment to ask Liefeld what he thought of Glover's efforts.

"Oh boy, OK I can talk about this now. I thought the whole thing was brilliant, and I really can't say anything more than that because then I'll get in all sorts of trouble from every side, but I mean, I mourn the loss of that entire project," Liefeld said. "Donald was a genius, is a genius, and I'll always wonder how that would have worked out, but Marvel says, you know, 'Rob, good things are coming,' and good things have always come, so I'm gonna believe them and hang on for dear life."

Just how close we actually were to seeing Glover's Deadpool series onscreen, and how much work Liefeld may have seen beyond the tweeted script, isn't clear, but Liefeld was clearly relishing the opportunity to see his creation shine in yet another medium. It's also not clear what Liefeld meant by "good things are coming," and he's obviously not going to spill secrets on the red carpet. Deadpool is one of the brightest stars in superhero fiction right now, though, so no matter where things go with Disney and Fox in the near future, we can expect to see a lot more of Wade Wilson and his fourth-wall-breaking antics.