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A few months ago, FX announced that Donald Glover's animated adaptation of Deadpool would not happen, after all. The animated Deadpool series had been set for a 10-episode season at FXX. The network cited what it referred to as "creative differences" as the cause behind deciding to cancel the project from Donald Glover and his brother Stephen. Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld is speaking out about the world missing out on Glover's vision, saying:
I thought the whole thing was brilliant. And I really can't say anything more than that or I'll get into all sorts of trouble from every side. But I mean, I mourn the loss of that entire project. Donald is a genius, and I'll always wonder how that would have worked out. But Marvel says: 'Rob, good things are coming.' And good things have always come, so I'm gonna believe them and hang on for dear life.
Rob Liefeld joins many fans mourning what will never be. The cancellation of the Deadpool animated series meant parting ways with Donald and Stephen Glover's vision, as well as the project as a whole. Liefeld prefaced his comments to Variety saying that he was relieved to be able to comment on the series. Given what he said, it seems like Marvel has currently unknown plans for the character, perhaps even unconnected to the Deadpool movies, although only time will tell. What those "good things" are remain a mystery for now.
The news of FX cancelling the series came in March, which was two months before Deadpool 2, the sequel to the super-successful 2016 film that launched the character back into newfound relevancy, was set to hit theaters in May. The animated series was announced almost exactly one year prior to the sequel's release in May 2017. Given Donald Glover's success at FX with his critically acclaimed ratings hit Atlanta and Deadpool's unwavering popularity, it is sad a project primed for such tremendous success is no longer in the works.
Nevertheless, FX has made that call and the character's co-creator Rob Liefeld and fans are left to wonder what might have been. Whether or not Marvel will make another attempt at an animated Deadpool series remains a mystery. For his part, Liefeld is not the only member of the Deadpool universe to express disappointment over the project not coming to fruition. Ryan Reynolds also expressed how much he would have "loved" to have seen what Donald Glover would have done with the series.
As for Donald Glover and Deadpool, both are doing very well for themselves. Glover is reportedly being eyed to star as Willy Wonka in the upcoming reboot and for a role as the villain in the sequel to Black Panther. As for Deadpool, the sequel has done very well at the box office. So fans of the character should expect to see more of the character on screen, just not on the small one.