This week's Your Nerd Side:
Deadpool 3 star Ryan Reynolds has "leaked" the latest string of set photos from the hotly-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
The actor, who yesterday addressed the recent flurry of leaked set images from Deadpool 3, has seemingly had a change of heart. Or, perhaps, he remembered the old saying, "If you can't beat them, join them." In a post on X, Reynolds wrote, "Deadpool began with a leak. So I’m joining in. But PLEASE don’t overuse the phrase, "Deadpool Leaks" because it might screw up search results if anyone is looking for Deadpool leaks or Deadpool spoilers or perhaps, Deadpool Scoops."
Reynolds then shared five images that are reportedly from the Deadpool 3 set. However, it quickly becomes clear that Reynolds' set photos are fake and that the actor is merely taking a jab at the leakers and scoopers who have been spoiling surprise cameos and story elements over the last few weeks. In one of Reynolds' shared set photos, Wolverine and Deadpool are standing amongst the sci-fi villain, Predator, while in another, Mickey Mouse claps in the background as the Merc with a Mouth walks away with a bag full of money (much to Wolverine's disgust). Quibi and Steve Urkel also each appear in one of the actor's edited set photos.
Why Is Deadpool 3 Getting Leaked?
Unlike the majority of Marvel Studios productions, Deadpool 3 is shot outdoors and in practical locations instead of inside and in front of a green screen. Naturally, this has made it easier for scoopers and photographers to snap pictures of the set, leading to more than one cameo being spoiled ahead of release. On Dec. 6, Reynolds responded to the recent leaks and released a statement on Instagram explaining that it was "important for us to shoot the new DEADPOOL film in real, natural environments, using practical effects as opposed to making the movie indoors and digitally."
He continued, "The film is built for audience joy -- and our highest hope is to preserve as much of that magic as possible for the finished film and the big screen. Part of the reason people post spoilers is because they're excited. I realize these aren't real world issues and it's firmly in the 'good problems' bucket."
While Reynolds is no doubt disappointed about the set photo leaks, it seems like he's not letting it get to him too much. As the actor pointed out, the first Deadpool movie was only greenlit by 20th Century Fox after someone leaked the test footage for the potential project online. The test footage, which had been created in 2011 but not leaked until 2014, was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, causing 20th Century Fox to quickly revive the project and move it into production.
Deadpool and Deadpool 2 are streaming on Disney+. Deadpool 3 opens in theaters on July 26, 2024.