Did ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Change Fox’s ‘X-Force’ Movie Plans?

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While Marvel Studios may still be the most prolific producer of big-budget comic book movies, with two new releases every year alongside tie-in TV series, Twentieth Century Fox is steadily starting to catch up. With new movies based on Marvel comics planned through to 2018, many fans are clamoring to see their own personal favorite mutant character or team realized on the big screen.

Fox’s current plans are to release Fantastic Four in 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, Wolverine 3 and Fantastic Four 2 in 2017, and a mystery title in 2018. With three movies – Deadpool, X-Force and Gambit – all potential fits for the 2018 slot, it’s still unclear which of these titles (if any) already have release dates planned, or whether they’re going to get made at all.

X-Force was originally announced last summer with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow attached to write the script and potentially direct the movie as well. In early December, X-Force creator Rob Liefeld said that he had read a completed draft of the script and that it was “beyond impressive.” Just a couple of days later, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer revealed that X-Men: Apocalypse was in the works and would arrive in 2016. Since then things have been very quiet on the X-Force front, and a recent tweet from Liefeld suggests that the two things are connected.

Although there is no doubt that an X-Force movie is in development, Liefeld seems to be implying that the announcement of X-Men: Apocalypse caused other projects – including X-Force, Deadpool and the standalone Gambit movie – to be pushed further down Fox’s list of priorities. Though his original tweet was ambiguous, he later clarified that he now considers it a “coin toss” as to whether the X-Force movie will even get made at all. Responding to an article questioning whether X-Force has now been shelved, Liefeld added, “I questioned it, not definitive. but…

This certainly tallies with some of the vibes that we’ve been getting from X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner, has been pushing to get the aforementioned titles onto the big screen. Speaking to Collider in February, Donner cautioned that there’s a limit to how often Fox can release a new comic book movie:

“I think we have to figure out how many films a summer can handle without getting into X-Men fatigue… There’s a summer, there’s a year, say 2014, 2015, how many can you put out? Take into consideration there are also Marvel movies coming out then. At a certain point people want to see other movies besides comic book movies so you have to be really careful what you’re going to pick, and how many are going to be released within a year.”

Another major question is whether Cable – one of the principal X-Force members – will end up being introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse instead. In the original comics, Cable was originally created in order to be sent back through time to stop Apocalypse, so it would be fitting for him to make his first appearance alongside the new antagonist. Liefeld said that while he has no idea whether or not Cable will be in X-Men: Apocalypse, “[It's] hard to believe he won’t.”

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Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script for Deadpool has been sitting around waiting patiently for a green light, with Ryan Reynolds enthusiastic about playing the character again and Tim Miller ready to direct, but Fox has been hesitant about giving go-ahead to an R-rated comic book movie. Shuler has also said that the budget for Deadpool would be around $50 million regardless of its rating, since it’s a standalone character movie, but speaking to HeyUGuys last month she admitted that the hold-up has been caused by a combination of the ratings issue and Fox’s crowded schedule.

“We so want to make it. We’re getting there. I think it will, but one thing now is the rating. If we make it a smaller budget movie, we can go for the R-Rating. If not, then we push the boundaries of PG-13 which is alright too. We just don’t want to saturate the market to the point where it’s just not special anymore.”

Of the three potential Marvel movies on Fox’s development slate, Gambit is probably the most likely candidate to get made first. Donner recently confirmed that Channing Tatum will play Remy LeBeau on the big screen, though she didn’t specify whether he’ll be introduced in a team-up or a standalone movie. Gambit would certainly be a logical pick for Fox to test the waters with a smaller-budget, PG-13 standalone X-Men character movie, before taking a bigger risk like Deadpool.

Tell us in the comments which X-Men movie you’re hoping to see in theaters first: Deadpool, Gambit, or X-Force?


Fantastic Four arrives in theaters on June 19th, 2015, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.

Source: Rob Liefeld (via THR)

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  1. I like what Fox and Singer did to the X-men franchise, Days of Future Past is probably the best of all X-Men movies by far. However, an X-Force movie would have been a great move for Fox cos from the looks of it they’re just milking the X-Men franchise.

  2. Go with X-Force! Introduce Cable in Apocalypse then move over to an X-Force Film with Cable.

  3. Archangel is a character like Nightcrawler, Gambit, and Cyclops he is a very interesting character when done right, and Should be at least introduced in the Apocalypse film along with Sinister.

    • LOL you must not realize angel=archangel.
      The character has already been introduced in X-Men 3

      • Well, that’s actually complicated. Warren Worthington III is in X3 as Angel, and he is also Archangel. But, Angel and Archangel aren’t the same, which is where it gets sorta funky. I’ve always considered them to be separate sides of Warren, and as heroes/anti-heroes, completely different people. That’s true; they couldn’t be any more different. Angel is an X-Man, a hero who always works for the greatest good. Archangel, on the other hand, is vicious and angry, and there’s a reason he’s part of X-Force instead of Angel. At the core, they’re both Warren, but Angel doesn’t equal Archangel.

        So, Angel’s been in X3, but Archangel hasn’t been introduced into the Movieverse yet, which makes Apocalypse or an X-Force movie the perfect opportunity. Make sense?

  4. Ryan Reynolds=Box Office Poision. It would kill a Deadpool movie.

    • I actually disagree on that point. He may have had some questionable roles in his career but he’s not poison and deadpool and him suit each other.

      • Agree with Mike…. I would not go to see a Deadpool movie starring RR.

        • Yeah, thats the #1 way to make sure i DON’T go see the movie. Hated him in Origins, he ruined Green Lantern, and god, Blade Trinity was terrible.

          • Y’all’s loss! More room for the rest of us!

  5. Dead pool would finally be the best role for Ryan Reynolds to play.

    • Second that.. it would also havr to be r rated in order fot it to work with deathpools sense of humor. …

      • Here, here!
        Deadpool next movie out.
        Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool.

  6. I would love an X Force movie! The question is what team will it be? 90′s X Force or Wolverine’s X Force, Uncanny X Force would be cool but a little too soon. I would rather see Sam Rockwell as Deadpool than I would Ryan Reynolds. But a stand alone Dead Pool movie has been talk for too long. I’ll believe it when the trailer is official, not a fan made video on You Tube.

  7. Fox just fixed continuity and canon issues with X-Men…..aaaaaand it’s gone.

    • Lol that’s pretty much what I thought when the plans for Apocalypse were released.

  8. for the love of all that it is Marvel…..can we please get an accurate Deadpool in ANY movie?? and would it be to much to ask for 3 things

    #1 a scene where he is watching origins and shoots the TV and jokes about it

    #2 a good fight scene between Deadpool and Wolverine

    #3 during a huge battle scene, Wade is asking cable numerous times only to have cable finally say “ok, go for it” then wade crashes through a huge building while miley cyrus Wrecking ball is playing and Deadpool is singing along.

    that is all!!

    • #3 is the trailer…

  9. Deadpool.

  10. I see no reason why a Deadpool movie should cost more than the $50 million Donner mentioned.
    With movies like Dredd and Kick Ass being produced for under that amount we know it can be done and be done well so I still hold out some sense of hope that it can happen.

    Make it for $40-$50 million, spend half that on marketing and release it sometime in February or early March when there won’t be much competition and I think it can be successful.

  11. Apocalypse first – introduce Cable and show the Archangel origin / transformation. Maybe add Wolfsbane to the roster here too. Then X-Force and intro Domino and X-23 and whomever else they want to add, similar to how they introduced the characters in First Class. Wolverine, Cable, and Cyclops could be hand-picking their team from “pool” of known mutants.

    • Definitely X-23, and she would make a movie R-rated all on her own; she’s way more badass than the movie Wolverine, no matter how they portray her. Though, with Lady Deathstryke featuring in X2, it would be interesting to see how they’d make Laura seem like not a rip-off. Wolfsbane, Archangel, Cable, Domino. With the ramifications of DoFP, there’s room for a new Warpath.

  12. I personally think Jim Carry would make an excellent Deadpool especially after watching kickass 2, my issue with Ryan R. Is we get that you can be funny but can you also act the tragic parts of being a mutilated, deranged psychopath who hears voices in his head.

  13. The X-Men series is always going to come across as fragmented if they keep writing one script at a time without actually reading the previous stories or having someone watch the other movies to attempt to make sure the pieces match.

    The issue with putting X-Force in the Apocalypse film is that if it is set in the 1980′s they would have to use some other characters that have not been on any of the comic books teams, which might cause more griping from disgruntled comic fans.

  14. I normally don’t care about recasting comic book characters with different actors. It worked for Superman and it worked for Spider-man(kind of). But when I think of Deadpool, I think of Ryan Reynolds. He was born to play the part. Every part he’s played has prepped him for this role. From his Van Wilder days all the way to the Green Lantern. He has encompassed this character completely. So what if he took on the part of GL and so what if Fox screwed up the script/screenplay to Xmen:Origins. All I know is Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool! Just like when Christian Bale said “I’m Batman”, and we all bought it. Just like when RDJ said, “I AM Ironman” everybody got up and cheered. Now let me tell all you studio executives (and non-believers)…RYAN REYNOLDS IS DEADPOOL!

    FYI, Deadpool is rated R.

  15. They could just combine the weapon-x program that Mystique will most likely continue, Wolverine getting his adamantium, and Deadpool all into an X-force movie. Just have Mystique use it as her covert hit squad to take out those she deems threats to mutants. Mystique, Wolverine, Deadpool, Cannonball, and maybe someone like Rictor,Syren, or Shatterstar.

  16. Fox is way too scared when it comes to attempting more X-Men movies. If the Deadpool and X-force scripts are solid, the fan are clamoring for it and you know you can make them on less than $100 million, Donner, Parker and Kinberg are fools not to do it. All this talk about Stand alone Gambit and Mystique movies is such garbage and more of a risk than an R-Rated DEADPOOL movie.

    BUT….I, personally, want this damn First Class trilogy to hurry up and end so Fox and can give us one — or two — more X-Me films with the original cast. You can’t reset the timeline, bring back Professor X, Cyclops and Jean Grey but not let the audiences see them one last time in action. It has to happen too because they’re all getting old. Patrick and Ian are pushing 80, Hugh is 50, Famke is 50, Halle is about to be 50.

    Fox stop playing around!

  17. Notice how no one has even mentioned a Gambit movie starring Channing Tatertop. I don’t think any Marvel fan wants him as Gambit or any other role. I want a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds and rated R.

    • there have actually been quite a few posts of people liking idea of tatum as gambit


  18. WARNING…CABLE SPOILER!!!: I may be wrong but I believe the article got the timeline wrong on cable. He was originally born as the son of Cyclops and a Jean Grey clone and FIRST sent to the future as a baby to be trained and then sent to the past to stop Apocalypse. I know. ..TMI for your article but he went forward before going backwards.

  19. Making the Gambit movie should be top priority. Gambit is the most popular X-Man after Wolverine and Channing Tatum is the biggest name new actor these films have attracted lately. He’s passionate about the part and a relatively good fit for it. Donner clearly is passionate about eh project, too. A Gambit film really does have the potential to be something unique. They should play up the theif/heist angle and how cunning and charming Gambit is. They need to do this and do it right before it loses momentum.

  20. Deadpool: standalone, because at least I won’t be disappointed when I learn the characters back story. Gambit = awesome! but has a boring back story. If Gambit is able to flourish into his amazing future timeline, then yes.

    But give us something fun! Deadpool, all day. Deadpool is a hit that will entertain again and again. I’d pay five times.

  21. Channing Tatum as Gambit, c’mon, you gotta be kidding me. I like hi but not as Gambit

  22. does anyone else think that channing is too bulky to be gambit. i mean from Duke to a skinny cajun thief i just dont see it. Considering the rest of the xmen actors are pushing 50 (ha) maybe matthew mcconanghey (or however its spelled) would be better fit. ALRIGHT ALRIGHT!

  23. Gambit isn’t skinny, he’s ripped.

  24. In this order: Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four 2, Wolverine 3, Fantastic 4/X-Men crossover, X-Force.

  25. I hope we get a Gambit movie before any of the others. Gambit is one of Marvel’s best, most beloved characters, but people keep dropping the ball with him. He has tremendous potential but few writers seem to know how to capitalize on it. Now we have a big star, who can relate to Gambit’s background, who wants to play him. We need to make this happen pronto!