Rob Liefeld, co-creator of Deadpool (along with Fabian Nicieza), is starting a war of words with Han Solo.
At Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con this past weekend, Liefeld broached the subject during his own panel, suggesting that Disney was foolish for opening Solo: A Star Wars Story a week before Deadpool 2.
According to The Wrap:
"Disney is delusional and is opening Han Solo a week before Deadpool. And they are going to get their asses kicked! Seven days later; mark my word, skeptical man! [points to audience member] Mark my words: Han Solo, get the hell out of the summer, ’cause seven days later, an army of mercenaries is coming to send the Falcon into hyperspace! Disney I apologize in advance, but I’m telling the truth: Deadpool is going to kick your ass."
That may seem like a stretch, considering the marketing juggernaut of the Star Wars universe, but if you look at box-office history, Deadpool 2 might have a shot. According to Box Office Mojo, Rogue One, the first Star Wars "anthology" film, opened with $155 million, and a lifetime box-office gross of $532 million. Deadpool opened with $132 million and a lifetime box-office gross of $363 million.
Yes, the Rogue One numbers are larger than the Deadpool numbers. But Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a nearly $250 million opening weekend, and nearly $1 billion gross. That's a huge reduction from one film to the next.
Think about this: Star Wars saturation at some point has to reach a tipping point, right? By the time Solo comes out, it will be the fourth film in the Disney era. While the episode films won't likely decline that sharply, the anthology films may. On the flip side, Deadpool 2 will only be the second Deadpool film, and the saturation level doesn't appear to be on the horizon, with no Deadpool cartoons or product tie-ins, and far fewer toys and other merchandise.
The success of Deadpool was a huge surprise. The Star Wars brand is as well known as McDonald's or Coca-Cola. But before Deadpool's release, few people outside comic book and genre fans had ever heard of the Merc With a Mouth. 20th Century Fox released Deadpool in February, which is traditionally a box-office dumping ground, yet the film had the biggest February opening ever.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25, 2018. Deadpool 2 opens the next weekend, June 1, 2018. Anyone want to make bets on who will win that first weekend in June?