While promoting the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse last week longtime X-franchise director Bryan Singer said that there’s absolutely a way to see the main team-based X-Men movies crossover with the R-rated standalone character Deadpool. Well, of course there is. This is normal in the comics that the director and studio repeatedly emphasize they plan to follow more closely.
At the moment, Deadpool is more profitable and more marketable than the rest of the X-Men with the character’s solo debut (with an R rating, without 3D ticket premium, and with no China release, mind you) becoming the top grossing X-Men film ever. And with the early reviews coming in on the negative side for Apocalypse, the X-Men may need Deadpool more than Deadpool needs them. And the best way to do this? X-Force.
X-Force began as a spinoff Marvel Comics series of New Mutants in the early ’90s and in more recent iterations, represents the black ops style kill squad of the X-Men.
With each of the big comic book movie universes vying for attention and their own unique signature style, the one thing X-Men currently has over the competition is the willingness (and now proven success) of playing with multiple period-set stories and stories in a more adult setting with an R-rating. The third, still-untitled Wolverine movie beginning production is going to be R-rated as well – something the studio agreed to even before Deadpool opened in theaters.
And while the main series of X-Men movies pushes further up the timeline, ever closer the present day (the next X-Men movie is already confirmed to be set in the ’90s, where Apocalypse was set in the ’80s), Fox has an opportunity to simultaneously run a series of modern or near-future set movies that can embrace an R-rating alongside their core PG-13 team films. With Deadpool already here and getting a sequel that we know will feature X-Force staple Cable, we suspect that X-Force absolutely must be in the cards shortly thereafter.
In fact, an X-Force movie was already in the works. Fox commissioned a script from Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow which reportedly focused in on the ageless supervillain Apocalypse, but since Days of Future Past was tracking to be a big hit for the studio at the time and since producer-writer Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer wanted to explore Apocalypse in its followup, that version of X-Force was seemingly scrapped. It’ll come back though, albeit likely very differently, and when it does, count on it bring R-rated. Even Kinberg agrees when preaching to choir and telling Den of Geek the following:
“When there are films that want to be raunchier, want to be darker, want to be violent or R-rated, [Fox will] be open to it… And not every movie should be. I don’t think that the main X-Men movies should be R-rated; I don’t think they’re R-rated stories. But if we were to make an X-Force movie, that probably should be R-rated. And what we’re doing with the Wolverine movie… that wasn’t impacted by Deadpool. We’d made the decision for Wolverine to be R-rated before Deadpool came out. But I think there’s even more confidence about having made that decision now that you see that an R-rated Deadpool movie can do better than any X-Men movie’s ever done.”
This isn’t really new or unexpected, and Kinberg has said similar in the past. And if there’s more audience response and critical acclaim in R-rated X-movies featuring Deadpool (again, X-Men: Apocalypse might be in a bit of trouble) that may be the only way to go.
Ryan Reynolds, who spearheaded Deadpool into reality, has gone on record numerous times expressing his interest in an X-Force movie also featuring Cable (he says that project is a “priority” even), and if Wolverine 3 is a well-received success story, maybe that project is the ultimate way to convince Hugh Jackman to stick around a little longer and not retire after his next solo outing. There’s too much fun to be had in that unique opportunity, right?
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner, and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor and Ben Hardy.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018 (possibly The New Mutants).
Source: Den of Geek