Deadpool 2 is one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2018, thanks to the massive audience response to the first film back in 2016. The Merc With a Mouth's legion of fans is even bigger than it was before he made the leap to superhero cinema stardom, and that means both big box-office expectations and high Deadpool devotee hopes for the sequel.
Those high hopes were part of the reason some fans started to grow a bit worried earlier this month when reports of reshoots for the film began to bubble up online. Reshoots for major blockbusters are not at all uncommon (just ask anyone who worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), but rumors that the additional photography was fueled by poor early test screening results, coupled with the fact that the film is due out in just two months, put fans on edge.
According to Rob Liefeld, who co-created Deadpool back in 1991 and who's been a major force in bringing the character to the big screen, there's no reason for alarm.
Liefeld, who was one of the loudest voices lobbying for Deadpool to get his own solo film in the first place, took to his very active Twitter page Tuesday morning to reassure fans that the reshoots — close as they are to the film's release date — are not a strange occurence.
While reshoots for such a massive film this close to its theatrical release might be slightly less common than blockbuster reshoots in general, Liefeld is right. Editors really can cut together key scenes in the hours right after they're shot, and post-production can continue until very, very close to the time the film needs to be distributed. Plus, reports from just last week claimed that the most recent reshoots weren't to correct any kind of problems with the film, but rather to simply add more of Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin) to the sequel after positive early test screening responses.
All that said, you might not end up liking Deadpool 2 as much as you liked Deadpool. You might like it more. We won't know for sure until it's in theaters, but for the moment Liefeld's doing his best to ease the minds of fans.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters May 18.