Thanks to good friend of the show, Tom Arild Gulbrandsen, the Two Gay Geeks have learned that X-Force will soon be coming, most likely with the “no longer dreaded R-rating” (thanks to Logan), lots of innuendo and a time-travelling leader guaranteed to make Professor X look like a Teletubby in comparison, and it feels like everything’s beginning to fall into place as the X-universe separates into two distinct parts — the main saga (Xavier, Jean Grey and the X-Men, plus spin-off New Mutants) and the wilder, more violent, more potty-mouthed adventures of Deadpool and cohorts.
Increasing his creative influence, Ryan Reynolds will co-write the X-Force script with Joe Carnahan, who’ll also take the reigns as director. Carnahan previously helmed the reboot of The A-Team and also directs and produces NBC’s The Blacklist, but don’t hold that against him.
So that’s what we know for sure — what we don’t know is what the team line-up will look like, or where this movie will fit into the notoriously impossible to decipher X-Men timeline. Seeing as Deadpool exists independently of the main X-Men saga continuity, X-Force will most likely continue on from Deadpool 2 (which is coming first) and establish a concurrent timeline to X-Men: Supernova and New Mutants, ruling out any crossover with those movies.
But seeing as Logan exists in its own continuity too (as confirmed by Hugh Jackman himself), in the year 2029, there’s every possibility that certain characters from that movie — particularly the Wolverine clone X-23, a main team member in the X-Force comics between 2008-10 — could play a part in this movie. Obviously that would either require X-Force to be set in the future, or Cable (rumored to be played by Pierce Brosnan) to create even more of a continuity nightmare by travelling to the future to retrieve an older X-23.
So which X-Force lineup will we get? Well in the comics, Deadpool himself has fought alongside the X-Force without actually being part of the team, and the involvement of Reynolds here, plus Cable’s role in Deadpool 2, suggests the merc with a foul mouth will be a major part of X-Force, even if he’s not technically a team member.
Who else? The X-Force has been through so many line-up changes since its inception by Rob Liefeld in 1991 that it’s basically impossible to pin down a “classic” team or predict which comic book run the movie will jump off from, but it is believed it will include Cable and almost certainly Domino. The smart money might be on a loose adaptation of Cable and X-Force (2013-14), whose team comprised Cable, Colossus, Domino, Forge and Dr. Nemesis. Being a touch more obscure, though, the latter two could be swapped out for somebody like Psylocke, Archangel or Shatterstar. Then again, a certain founding X-Force member gets an intro in Logan, so that person and X-23 could also be a good shout.
X-Force is probably looking at a 2019 release date from 20th Century Fox if everything goes to plan. Before then we’ll get X-Men: Supernova (likely May ’18), New Mutants (later in ’18) and Deadpool 2 (somewhere in between).
Do you think that X-Force has the type of audience that could draw people out to fill a movie house and watch their exploits on the big screen? Is 20th Century Fox taking a risk for a movie of this type, or will fans go anyway due to the X-Men conection?
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