Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld explains why watching the sequel made him cry

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May 11, 2018, 12:50 PM EDT

We're now just a week away from the release of Deadpool 2, the much-anticipated sequel to Ryan Reynolds' 2016 superhero comedy blockbuster. The film's been riding a wave of creative marketing that's including some incredibly entertaining trailers, but yesterday the real moment of truth came when the film screened for the first time. Reactions to the film were generally quite positive, but few can match what Deadpool's co-creator Rob Liefeld felt as the credits rolled.

Liefeld, you'll probably remember, isn't just the guy who brought Deadpool to the comics page for the first time. He's also been a cheerleader for the film version since long before Deadpool became one of the most successful R-rated films of all time. Now that Deadpool is a full-blown franchise, Liefeld has another reason to be bursting with pride, as Deadpool 2 not only brings his beloved creations Cable and Domino to the big screen for the first time, but serves as a lead-in to a planned film for his mutant superteam X-Force.

In that sense, there was a lot riding on Deadpool 2 for Liefeld (and for everyone involved in making the film), because it's not just a sequel film for an already successful character. It's also a film that's trying to simultanteously top its predecessor and reach out to a more ambitious future. 

So, with all of that in mind, this is how Liefeld felt after seeing Deadpool 2.

Obviously Liefeld has a deeper personal emotional connection to the Deadpool franchise than the average moviegoer, but that doesn't take anything away from the impact the film had on him. Think back even just five years ago, and a movie featuring these characters, opening in this month, with these kinds of expectations probably seemed a little crazy.

Now the film is poised to be a hit, with follow-ups in the pipeline, and it all stems from ideas Liefeld and his collaborators had more than two decades ago. Plus, as with the first film, there's a genuine heart to be found in Deadpool 2, spurred on by the music cue (which we won't spoil for you) that Liefeld is referencing here. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising if more than a few fans had the same emotional reaction by the time Deadpool 2's opening weekend wraps up.

Deadpool 2 is in theaters May 18.