Ryan Reynolds fights back against leakers with doctored set photos from “Deadpool 3”

Ryan Reynolds fights back against leakers with doctored set photos from “Deadpool 3”

Ryan Reynolds is the merc with photoshop.

Ryan Reynolds asked fans earlier this week to stop sharing spoilers for Deadpool 3, which is currently filming. His appeal arrived after a significant spoiler — one that won't be detailed here — in the form of a set photo that was leaked online.

However, Reynolds isn't one to simply say something and walk away. Instead, he's fighting the leaks with faux leaks. He has shared fake set photos on social media that show Deadpool palling around with Mickey Mouse (and moneybags), Predator, and Urkel. There's even some deeper cuts with a reference to Seth Meyers' cue card handler Wally Feresten and Quibi.

"Deadpool began with a leak," Reynolds wrote on X, the site formerly named Twitter. "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."

In addition to ridiculing the leaks, Reynolds has coyly played the algorithm. Given how X prioritizes tweets with interactions that come from high-profile accounts, his tweets — and the responses from fans — could be the top search result for anyone searching for "Deadpool leaks," et al. His posts have the potential to tamp down those frustrating leaks.

Though, Reynolds does acknowledge that leaks have played a part in the character's filmic legacy. The first Deadpool was greenlit after test footage leaked and rallied Marvel fans around allowing Reynolds to take the reins of the character that was bafflingly muzzled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

This tactic comes just a day after Reynolds posted a plea on Instagram. "Surprises are part of the magic of theatrical movies," he wrote. "It's important for us to shoot the new Deadpool film in real, natural environments, using practical effects as opposed to making movies indoors and digitally. Telephoto lenses continue to spoil surprises and create a difficult situation for everyone."

"Here's hoping some of the websites and social channels hold back showing images before they're ready," 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. I love making this movie."

The new film reunites Reynolds' Deadpool with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. The film is being directed by Shawn Levy, who also directed Reynolds in Free Guy and The Adam Project. It's expected to be the first film that brings Deadpool firmly into the MCU following Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox.

Deadpool 3 is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 26, 2024.

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