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Why Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Cried While Watching Deadpool 2

For fans, seeing Deadpool 2 on the big screen will be the culmination of everything Merc with a Mouth-related that they've hoped for over the last two years. But for Rob Liefeld, the comic book writer and artist who co-created the character of Deadpool with writer and editor Fabian Nicieza, it's a different experience entirely — an emotional, affecting, tear-inducing one.

A week ahead of Deadpool 2 blasting into theaters across the globe, Liefeld watched the flick — the second one featuring the quick-witted, katana-slinging anti-hero he helped bring to life — and all but bawled his eyes out during the third act. No, the tiny streams of water running down his face weren't the result of any side-splitting jokes like some might imagine; in actuality, Liefeld's whimpers came about after he realized how wonderfully Deadpool 2 captured the essence of the character, implemented a perfect track, and concluded the narrative of the sequel.

"I cried at the end of Deadpool 2," Liefeld admitted on Twitter. "Part was the nostalgia of the particular track blasting but mostly the emotion that they had landed the plane in such spectacular fashion. The plane is the movie in this analogy. There is no important plane landing sequence I'm referencing."

But just as Tom Hanks' A League of Their Own character professed that "there's no crying in baseball," Liefeld affirmed that there shall be no tears shed mid-movie. The comic book creative quickly collected himself so as to not appear too emotionally distressed, avoiding potentially alarming the other viewers around him.

"I wiped those tears away as fast as I could before the lights came up because I couldn't have everyone going 'Why is Liefeld crying over Deadpool 2?'" he tweeted. "Movie is a blast. Dream come true. Spectacular hurdle cleared. Get ready for Cable [Josh Brolin], Domino [Zazie Beetz], and the rest!"

Following his Twitter admission, Liefeld carried his still-swirling emotions over to Instagram, where he thanked Marvel for shepherding his creative vision into the comic book world and later letting it leap off the page and into film. "If, for whatever reason, my relationship with Marvel ended tomorrow, I am so appreciative that they gave me my own sandbox to create dynamic new characters," Liefeld said in the caption of a snap of various Cable & Deadpool comic covers. "The fans were always there for me and them!"

Liefeld's response to the hotly anticipated sequel echo the first reactions critics dished up following Deadpool 2's pre-release screenings. Those who caught the film ahead of time have praised it as "subversive and weirdly sweet," "a killer ride," and even "better than Infinity War."

Grab your popcorn, soda, and box of tissues, apparently, to see Deadpool 2 on May 18.