Fans have always believed Deadpool 2 would set up Fox's X-Force film. Now, it's confirmed that the team will indeed make their big-screen debut this year, albeit in a very different form - and with some surprising members.
In the comics, X-Force were established by Cable as part of his attempt to change his dystopian future. In the movie, it seems Deadpool will assemble the X-Force in order to stop Cable from killing a kid; Cable is targeting Julian Dennison's mysterious youth in order to rewrite history. Wade is determined to stop him, and he's gathered together some key mutant allies in order to do that.
It's a surprisingly dynamic, placing Cable and Deadpool in an oppositional relationship very different to the "buddy-cop" approach that's usually employed in the comics. What's more, it's also likely to change the X-Force team dynamic in some pretty cool ways. The trailers suggests not every X-Force member will be particularly impressed with Wade's leadership skills; Domino rolls her eyes and wishes she'd finished college.
So who's in Fox's X-Force team? And what do we know about their characters? Here, we'll give you a run-through of everything we know about the team so far.
Deadpool - Ryan Reynolds
2016's Deadpool successfully launched this R-rated corner of the X-Men universe, so it's very much appropriate Deadpool takes charge. In fact, according to the trailer he'll actually be the one to give the team the "X-Force" name. In what seems to be a common thread, Domino looks at him askance and asks if that's "a little derivative." Naturally, for Deadpool, that's exactly the point. It's a typically hilarious break-the-fourth-wall moment.
Deadpool has been a member of several X-Force teams over in the comics (and even briefly an Avenger). But he's usually portrayed as the random, mercurial character who's driving the team leader insane. The idea of Wade Wilson as a leader is a seriously entertaining one. If Deadpool remains in charge by the film's close (by no means guaranteed), it's possible X-Force will essentially become Deadpool 3.
Domino - Zazie Beetz
It wouldn't be X-Force without Domino. In the comics, this lithe mercenary has been a core member of most X-Force teams. She's a sleek, sexy femme fatale with the power to manipulate probability. Things just have a habit of falling into place for Domino, and the odds are most definitely against her opponents; as shown in the trailer, Domino is a martial arts ace with an attitude. Given she is traditionally an ally of Cable, it's possible that she'll switch sides during the course of the film.
Deadpool 2 has dramatically redesigned Domino, ditching her traditional albino look. From what little we've seen, though, the character's core concepts - her sexiness and her skills - appear to be unchanged. The final trailer but big focus on her power of luck, with her consistently escaping seemingly impossible threats.
Cable - Josh Brolin
The trailers have set up Josh Brolin's Cable as the villain of the piece, but that's clearly not going to last. Cable is one of the X-Men's most popular heroes, a powerful telepath and telekinetic who suffers from a deadly techno-organic virus. His origin is pretty convoluted; Cable is actually the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, and was sent to the future in order to save his life. He returned to the past in order to change history, and he's gradually become one of Marvel's most prominent time-travelers.
Deadpool 2 promises to exploit a classic superhero trope; the first time the heroes meet, they fight over a misunderstanding of some kind. Given this film stars Deadpool, it seems likely Wade is the one suffering from the misunderstanding.
Read More: Everything You Need To Know About Cable
Negasonic Teenage Warhead - Brianna Hildebrand
Comic book fans tend to insist that the source material be treated with a degree of reverence. It's ironic, then, that one of the most-praised superhero films of the last few years actually took dramatic licenses with one of its core characters. The Negasonic Teenage Warhead of the comics is traditionally very different to the one played by Brianna Hildebrand. Fox actually had to strike a deal with Marvel to allow them to change her so dramatically. Ironically, it wouldn't take Marvel long to switch Negasonic's powerset up in the comics too.
Hildebrand's character was tremendously popular, and fans were hardly surprised to see her reprising the role. It looks as though she'll remain one of the film's major stars.
Colossus (Maybe) - Stefan Kapičić
It's actually uncertain whether or not Stefan Kapičić's Colossus will join Deadpool's X-Force team. Although he has served in one iteration of X-Force in the comics, his idealistic nature makes him an uncomfortable fit for the black-ops group. Meanwhile, it's worth noting that none of the "team" scenes show Colossus alongside the X-Force members; he's shown being beaten by Cable in the final trailer, so it's possible him being out of commission is what brings X-Force together
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020