It seems like Fox Studios is wasting no time these days pumping out plans for more and more films, seemingly taking cues from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With plans for a Deadpool sequel, two TV shows, and the upcoming Age of Apocalypse film, what more can fans ask for?
Well, rumor has it that next on the slate will be an X-Force film, featuring Cable as the leader of the team.
While the studio itself hasn’t confirmed it, Ryan Reynolds has gone on record saying that “[i]n the future, if we’re doing a bunch more Deadpool movies, we’re really going to explore the X-Men a lot. We’ll see. And maybe the X-Force- X-Force is my priority. I really want to get that in.” This is coming from the guy who has been fighting for a proper Deadpool movie to happen for years, well before X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Meanwhile, Simon Kinberg, the overseer of the X-Men universe right now, has been quoted talking about the X-Force film like it’s definitely going to happen. When asked whether or not it would be R-rated, he responded, “X-Force I could see be R-rated, and who knows? …I’m saying I could see a universe in which [X-Force is R-rated.]”
So yes, there is certainly a healthy amount of speculation going on here, but from a logistical perspective, it makes sense that Fox would want to see this happen considering the characters they’re exploring and the direction the narrative is taking them. First there’s the recent booming success of Deadpool, featuring the Merc with a Mouth and Colossus, both known members of the X-Force. Then, if the after credits scene is to be believed, we’ll be seeing Cable in the Deadpool sequel, the fearless take-no-prisoners leader of the team. Assuming that Domino or Forge is introduced, we practically have a team line-up already. I could even see them pulling Archangel and Psylocke from Age of Apocalypse if that film does well.
Honestly, this is a really smart direction to go in. It makes a lot of sense for the characters being developed, creates a sister series to the current X-Men films, delves into a new, darker tone, and utilizes some of Marvel’s best mutant characters.