Fox has hoped to work on an X-Force movie for quite some time. As far back as 2013, the studio hired Jeff Wadlow to write and direct the movie. Unfortunately, it wound up on the back burner - until the dramatic success of Deadpool in 2016. Fox realized there was a real appetite for superhero films that pushed the boundaries, and that a hard R-rating wasn't a barrier to success in the genre after all. It didn't take long for Ryan Reynolds to start talking about X-Force being a priority down the line. "I really want to get that in," he declared.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Deadpool 2 screenwriters/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick insisted this film will be more than just setup. Reese explained that he viewed this as a "trap" film-makers could fall into; to be concerned about the franchise, rather than the film they were trying to make at the time. "We're trying to set up the characters that will be in that next movie," he confirmed, "But that's not our first goal."
For all that's the case, the reality is that Deadpool 2 really does put a lot of the pieces in place for an X-Force movie. The first trailer alone makes that fact clear to any X-Men fan. Let's take a look at the characters and concepts set up in the trailer.
This Page: Introducing Cable
First up, Josh Brolin's Cable. Cable was created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson back in 1990, and there's a sense in which he epitomizes '90s comics. That era eschewed realism in favor of all-action heroes of the musclebound variety. Costumes designs incorporated as many pouches as possible and the (anti)heroes often carried guns of an incredible size. In an interview with The Comics Bulletin, Liefeld explained he envisioned Cable as "a "man of action, the opposite of Xavier." Where Xavier attempted to redeem his enemies, Cable believed they just needed to be taken out. His philosophy conflicted markedly with the X-Men, who often viewed him as an enemy rather than an ally.
Cable became a new mentor figure for the New Mutants, a group of teenage mutants who he shaped into becoming the first X-Force. He believed in the need for a sort of mutant black ops team, one that would deal with threats with extreme prejudice. The X-Men were horrified, and the growing rift between the two teams eventually led them to hunt Cable's X-Force down. As the years passed, Cable gradually became accepted by the X-Men. He even joined the team on occasion.
In 2004, Fabian Nicieza launched the popular Cable & Deadpool series. A humorous series, this essentially had Cable play the straight man to Deadpool's jester. It was tremendously popular and was only canceled in 2008, when Marvel launched solo books for both characters. Director David Leitch has confirmed that the film will have a similar dynamic to the comics, which will surely carry both characters forward into X-Force.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020