‘X-Force’ Writer Jeff Wadlow Offers Story Update: Is Cable Involved?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 12:31 pm,

X Force X Force Writer Jeff Wadlow Offers Story Update: Is Cable Involved?

In the wake of Disney and Marvel’s record-shattering successes, who can blame 20th Century Fox for attempting to launch additional X-Men spin-off franchises? Bryan Singer is returning to the super-powered mutant realm with X-Men: Days of Future Past - which will unite the cast of the previous X-Men films with their younger counterparts from X-Men: First Class - and while the upcoming standalone entry The Wolverine exists somewhere apart from the events of Days of Future Past,  comments from director James Mangold suggest that a post-credits scene could tease something related to DoFP.

We now know that in addition to Fox’s big announcements at Comic-Con, they have every intention of adapting the popular X-Men spin-off comic X-Force into a movie. On the heels of that news came the identity of the project’s writer: Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow.

In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Wadlow offered a quick update on the progress of his script:

 “I’m pretty deep into it… I have the whole story completely worked out. I’m about 20 pages into my draft. If I wasn’t promoting ‘Kick-Ass,’ I would probably have a draft [already], but ‘Kick-Ass’ is going to slow me down just a little.”

With the recent confirmation that time-traveling mutant Bishop would join Days of Future Past (along with Warpath, a founding X-Force member), another prominent time-traveler could very well be involved: the mercenary known as Cable, the original leader of this more militaristic mutant force.

When pressed for details on who would be leading this version of the team, Wadlow was light on specifics… but perhaps tellingly so:

“Here’s the thing, I love the current run of ‘Uncanny X-Force.’ I love the classic run. Part of my take was addressing this idea that ‘X-Force’ can be many different things, and that’s what got the studio excited. I think the fans will be excited, too.”

X-Force began when Cable – the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey in one universe and an older version of Wolverine in another – traveled back to the present from an apocalyptic future and took on the role of mentor for the New Mutants (which had a once-mooted film project that may have evolved into this one).

Uncanny X Force X Force Writer Jeff Wadlow Offers Story Update: Is Cable Involved?

This is speculation, but Wadlow’s singling out the more recent run of Uncanny X-Force (whose members are WolverineArchangel, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Deathlok, Fantomex and Deadpool) might be a hint that he intends to bridge both the founding team (as pointed out above, Warpath is in Days of Future Past, along with fellow founder Sunspot) and the current team, perhaps in an attempt to reintroduce Deadpool into the film universe.

The currently stalled effort to get the Merc with a Mouth his own movie has been a fairly depressing saga, but Fox – along with Fox’s Marvel movie consultant (and Kick-Ass comic book creator) Mark Millar – seem to finally understand that this particular branch of the Marvel-verse is far too expansive to just stick with the core group of X-Men, some of whom may not be returning. X-Force may be the ideal vehicle to showcase a new, young cast of mutants while allowing mainstays like Wolverine to jump in and out as the franchise permits.

Expect plenty more X-Force news as details become available.


The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.

Source: Cinema Blend

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  1. Id Hugh Jackman gonna play Wolverine. I will go see any crappy movie that he plays Wolverine in.

    • Is*** not Id

    • Good thing you feel that way, because although he is good in his place, if they keep over-using him he is gonna be in films that get crappier and crappier.

  2. Looks to me that Fox can’t used CABLE because they don’t own his rights. Marvel Studios owns Cables’ rights! Back in 2009 variety published an article that Marvel was hiring writers to lunch their lesser know properties which include Cable.

    • No, Marvel does not have Cable’s movie rights.

      • Is this based on the “Mutant/Xmen” deal between Fox and Marvel?

        Or is there something more specific you would be referring to?

      • Hmmm, interesting question. Cable does need to be in X-Force’s flick, and Wolverine should not be. So sick of Spaghetti, let’s have pizza for a change!

  3. Deadpool better friggin be in this movie!

    • I imagine that he will be in this as a test to see how people will react to him and then he will probably get a solo film after. I still think its ridiculous he hasn’t had his own movie confirmed yet, Deadpool film rumors have been going around even before X-Force was even mentioned, they have even done test footage for Deadpool and their core actor (Ryan Reynolds) is seems really into the project so WTH

  4. Tho new to the X-Force and it might be too early, I’d like to see Hope Summers in this movie.

    • Who were Hope Summers’ parents? She is a more modern character than when I used to read the comics, and I am not as familiar with her.

  5. The wolverine led x-force was the business and ended too soon. I’m also loving the ongoing cable and x-force though, the artwork is amazing. So if they were to adapt either of these I’d be happy.

    One thing though, how could they possibly fix deadpool convincingly after they butchered him in XO:W? You know what, best not to think about.

  6. I read this about three days ago, I am hoping that Archangel, Dead Pool, Psylocke, Domino, Feral, Forge, Bishop, Beak, Cable, Cyclops, and Wolverine are in it, and maybe some others I mean look at the cast of Days Of Future Past but these guys and girls need to be in it for sure. So many great X-men films coming I am Pumped for these. Hope to get a sequel after days of future past that kinda shows how the First class X-men changes thing going into X-1 because of the whole Time jump Wolverine does in DOFP. Now Cyclops does not have to die or X-men Origins Wolverine for that matter. I would love to see Sinister, The Nasty Boys, and Apocalypse in these. cannot wait for more news!

    • I am not familiar with The Nasty Boys (except as old WWF wrestlers!!), but Sinister and Apocalypse need to get into the action one of these films soon. Now that would draw a crowd!

      • Oh, and Cyclops needs to come back somehow!!!!!

  7. If this is true, I don’t see why they wouldn’t have Deadpool in it.

    • deadpool would be great.

  8. one of the things that intrigues me about this spin-off is how they would connect it to the previous movies.

    Will they adress Cable is already known by the core X-Men, including maybe Cyclops (if he returns at the end of DOFP)?

    if Cyclops returns, it would be awesome to see an early scene on X-Force showing that Cyclops and Cable already know each other. Since there would be a decent time jump from DOFP end to X-Force beggining. This way they would connect both series easily without the need to tell how Cable came to present time, meet the x-men and all of that, so once Fox wants to do next X-Men Crossover, the main X-Men and Cable already know about their existence.

  9. My question is if Fox is going to try and get this movie out in 2015, and make that movie even more insane.

  10. Hasnt fox learned yet that rushed movies equal far from stellar profits??? Im not holding my breath on an X-force movie…fox has clearly no idea what they are doing.

    If they were smart they would introduce all new actors & go with the new mutants who would eventually branch off into X-Force. Dont try to put established X-Men characters into an X-force movie…it just confuses people & leaves more loose ends that need to be tied up.

      • Cable, Cannonball, Sunspot…good call!

      • I’m loving your list. Mine would be Cable, Cannonball, Sunspot, Warpath, Domino, Boom-Boom, Shatterstar (The volume 2 roster) and Deadpool incorporated but not in the team from the go.

        If they are to mix the X-Forces I would like to have Psylocke because if they did her right she would be very popular in later films.

  11. Cable sez:
    “Where’s Cyclops?! Who’s my daddy?” Gotta bring back Cyke if you’re gonna have Cable. Unless he visited a sperm-bank and froze his malted milk before gettinbg zapped in X-Men #3. And wasn’t Cable’s mother actually a jean Grey clone, Madelaine Pryor? And remember, before he was “mama’s little nipper”, this boy was “daddy’s little squirt”…….(yeah, nuts to you, too!).

    • Not necessarily…you only need mention Cyclops in name. Remember Mr Sinister has been manipulating the Summers family for centuries.

  12. First one who sez, “If you can’t have Cable, get a satellite dish” gets smacked!

    • “I’ll do the jokin’ around here, Baba-Louie!” (with apologies to Quickdraw McGraw).

  13. Damn. My head hurts after reading that!

    • Hee-hee, grab an asprin, Spockeroo! The movie X-Universe only gets more cluttered and disorganized from here!!

  14. First off, why does every article that talks about Cable say Jean Grey is his mother in the comic book origins? They might take the easy way out and go that way with a movie version because I do not expect them to have the writing chops to explain Madelyn Pryor without screwing something else up, but the lack of clarity involved with what the source material was to begin with might be why everyone has twenty different ideas of how the movie version of these stories are supposed to look.

    Another thing I am confused on is Deathlok, who I remember as being government cyborg that floated around the D level of Marvel back in the 80′s. Did that character get thrown into whatever Faustian deal Marvel made with Fox(like how Viper has all of a sudden become some major part of the Wolverine narrative). And if he is a part of this new X-Force they did, how is Fox going to explain his character when they have not adapted other characters into the movies without making them mutants (Deathstrike and that Ultimate’s version of Juggernaut).

    • Because most people who write these articles have no idea what takes place in the comics.

  15. If they want to bring Wolverine again they should hire a new actor. And have some proper non Wolverine centric story.

    • x-force line up:






  16. Cyclops and &Madelyene Pryor.

    love ya!

    And. Seriously. We all know Fox hasn’t done anything X justice.

    They just want to make Wolverine cool.

    They have none of my support, personally.

  17. Screen Rant really needs to stop saying that Cable is the son of Jean Grey.

    • Cable is the genetic combination of Cyclops and Jean Grey. Pryor was Greys clone. I have no problem with saying his parents were Scott Summers and Jean Grey.

      • You may not have a problem with it, but it’s not accurate.

      • That is retcon semantics and not totally accurate. Jean Grey was presumed dead when Madelyn Pryor first appeared. The whole clone thing was never what Claremont intended, and at this point it is clear that the comics and films just utilize the characters likenesses in an ever changing collection of stories that no one will be able to keep track of.

  18. What if Vin Diesel is actually playing Cable?
    And all that supposed Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy gigs are just misdirects.

    That’s a big WHAT IF.

    • Ooooohhh goood call!

  19. Not necessarily…you only need mention Cyclops in name. Remember Mr Sinister has been manipulating the Summers family for centuries.

  20. Not to be a giant nerd or anything, but Angel, Nightcrawler, (AoA version), Dethlok and Deadpool are no longer with X-force.

    There are currently two teams and the rosters consist of:

    Dr. Nemesis

  21. Wow, I never realized how much Liefeld’s X-Force looked like a cheesy 80′s hair band.

  22. I think the concept of an x-force was born before Cable appeared. In the New Mutants, right after Demons invaded new york and Magik was reverted to a child during Inferno, Magnetos was discovered by the new mutants to be secretly a member of the inner circle of the hellfire club. The new mutants rebelled and went AWOL for some time.

    they were leaderless and free agents, they fought in Asgard and then returned home to be found by Cable, who appointed himself their guardian.

    But they seemed to be getting along on their own in the interim between Magneto and Cable. They were an x-force, strike first and keep on the move.

    And no need to go looking for Amara/Magma, just get Gwyneth Paltrow to appear as the new extremis Pepper! lol

  23. Do not adjust your TV set, for the next hour, we will be in control. You have now entered : “The Toilet Zone”!!

  24. Who are these roodie-poos? I know I am kind of the unevolved dinosaur here, harkening back to reading the (mind you, CLASSIC) comics of the 60s and 70s, primarily, but there are so many characters cluttering up the movies, comics, everything, that I find it difficult at times to keep track of the later characters and their relationships within the comics/movie universe! Ah, things were so much simpler then…! I started having that trouble with the later Star Wars movies as well. (Naw, it ain’t senility setting in…!).

    • I feel ya bro.

  25. In all but name, like Age of Ultron. Fox scraps together its hottest superheroes leading by Wolverine (again) into battle. And only about $150 million in box office. If it were any other franchise by any other studio and it makes a little over $100 million, they would have quit already and tried something radically different rather weakly tying in everything.

  26. Deathlok!!?? Wha!?? What!!!??? Since when Deathlok a mutant??? o.O O.o

    • what about x-23? this could be good.

  27. I’d prefer to not have Wolverine in the X-Force film. He’s been overused and frankly his storyline is getting old and tiring. Let’s expand the universe and make the audience fall in love with some different characters. I would love to see a Cable led team of mutants go on some missions in a futuristic timeline. Maybe fighting Apocalypse or something. Even Mr. Sinister. We need some new villians too because the prejudice politicians and Magneto are getting old too. Give me and X-Force team with Cable, X-23, Archangel, Warpath, Psylocke, Fantomex and maybe Deadpool