This past weekend, it was revealed that Deadpool 2 was apparently testing badly with audiences. It wasn’t just bad, it was said to be disastrous by multiple people who had allegedly seen the film. This was obviously cause for concern for a lot of people, as it’s a very highly anticipated movie.
Steve Gerber of Marvel Studio News has said:
These are not the overall test scores the films received in their respective screenings, nor do they indicate what a broader, mainstream audience will think when they see these films. Weeks ago, I heard multiple accounts from people who loved the movie, but again, that’s not the same as the overall score, which would say whether or not the film was testing well.
I am not dismissing the negative accounts that have been provided to and subsequently shared by others. I’m sure there are some fans who have seen Deadpool 2 and walked away unhappy. I have a good guess as to what upset them.
I have heard about something that happens in Deadpool 2, which I thought sounded rather brilliant, that may bother some fans. It didn’t bother anyone I’ve heard from, but perhaps it irked the fans who reacted negatively at the most recent screening. I’m not going to say what it is because it’s pure spoiler, and a big one at that. I would never want to rob anyone of the chance of experiencing it in the theater without any idea of what was coming.
One comparison I can think of, in terms of audience reactions, is “The Mandarin Twist” in Iron Man 3. It was a big shock in the movie, and a lot of fans hated it, but mainstream audiences were far less bothered by it. To be clear, I am only speaking about the reactions to Iron Man 3 and what happens in Deadpool 2. I am not suggesting or hinting that this potentially polarizing (only for some) event in Deadpool 2 is a similar case of false identity for a major character.
Steven Weintrab from Collider came out and denied the tweets:
Have seen a completely untrue report of ‘Deadpool 2’ testing poorly. From what I heard the first 2 test screenings both scored over 90 with the second one scoring close to the top mark. I’ve also spoken to people that saw it. Everyone said it’s excellent. Fans will love. pic.twitter.com/2WfL63aya9
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 12, 2018
“Deadpool  I know is going to be very fun and funny and fresh because it’s very different from the first Deadpool.”
We will just have to wait and see for ourselves when the movie hits theaters next month. Who knows? Maybe this is just a weird type of marketing for the film – given how strange the marketing was for the first one, which definitely paid off.
What do you think of all this recent discussion about Deadpool 2? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments!