Forget Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Antman and the Wasp. There’s only one superhero film we need to see this year, which is of course, Deadpool 2.
The sequel, to the surprising 2016 hit film, is highly anticipated by fans who all have very high expectations.
Thankfully though, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool 2‘s test scores have come back even higher than the first, as audiences loved seeing the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ back on the big screen.
To see what Deadpool is going to get up to when he returns to the big screen later this year, check out the trailer here:
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After completing six days of reshoots last month, Deadpool 2 earned a high score of 98 in its final screening with test audiences.
This is an improvement on the scores for the first two screenings which came in at 91 and 97.
During the last test, film studio Fox tested two separate cuts with different audiences – one scored 94 and the other 98, which is the version we’ll be seeing in cinemas come May.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, a source described the environment in the screening ‘as being electric and akin to watching the Super Bowl’.
The score improves on what the original Deadpool movie received, which was a 91.
However, it goes to show, these scores can sometimes mean nothing since the film went on to make $783 million worldwide – becoming the highest grossing X-Men film of all time.
If you’re unfamiliar with what test screenings are, studios recruit audiences who are shown a cut of a film and then asked to rate it using boxes marked ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, ‘good’, ‘fair’, and ‘poor’.
Following this, studios conduct discussions and questionnaires with their audiences before deciding upon whether any changes need to be made to the film.
For example, with Deadpool 2, after the first test screening, the movie underwent reshoots to add more of what the audiences enjoyed seeing.
Although we don’t know much about what Deadpool 2 is exactly about, we’re sure it’ll be full of more blood soaked action, dirty jokes and sarcastic wit.
We do know Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool will be joined once again by his moody teenage pal, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, in a traditional X-Men suit and of course his landlord, Blind Al.
David Leitch, who was in charge of last year’s disappointing action thriller Atomic Blonde, has stepped up to the director’s chair taking over from Tim Miller, who helmed the first.
Josh Brolin is the newest addition to the cast playing Cable, a time travelling cybernetic mutant soldier.
Signing up to a four-film deal with the studio to play the character, director Leitch discussed the casting of Brolin in an interview with Collider:
I always wanted a great actor to come to the table for Cable and I wanted somebody who could embody the character.
Josh is obviously a prolific actor and genuinely in his roles, he finds a humanity to every character he plays, even when he’s playing some things that might be seen as caricatures, he finds a humanity.
So I was super excited we landed him. I know there were a lot of names in the mix and great people who could have landed this too, but I’m 100 per cent grateful we ended up with him.
He’s the embodiment [of Cable] and the energy between him and Ryan is amazing. We’re having so much fun making this movie.
We can’t wait to see how Cable mixes things up for Mr. Pool in the sequel!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.