How Deadpool 2 Does (And Doesn't) Set Up The X-Force Movie

Deadpool X Force set-up

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Deadpool 2


Deadpool 2 at first seems like a straightforward set-up for 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Force movie, but thanks to a surprising (and hilarious) mid-movie twist, it also leaves us uncertain about what X-Force's membership will look like. The trailers for Deadpool 2 were largely based around the wise-cracking anti-hero recruiting a ragtag team of superpowered individuals (and Peter) for his own super-duper group. However, the majority of these characters are killed off less than fifteen minutes after they're introduced, leaving the ranks of X-Force looking considerably sparse. Really, it's down to just Deadpool and Domino.

Nonetheless, Deadpool 2 is a family movie and by the time the credits roll Wade Wilson has assembled another ragtag group of superpowered individuals (and Dopinder). Some of those characters have already been confirmed to return in X-Force, while others could potentially be part of the team. Here's everything we know about X-Force so far, and how Deadpool 2 lays the groundwork for the next X-Men spinoff movie.

An X-Force Movie Is In Development

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X-Force was first announced way back in 2013, more than a year before Deadpool was officially given the green light. At the time, Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow was attached to write the script, but after that initial announcement progress was slow, with X-Force comic creator Rob Liefeld indicating in 2014 that the project had stalled and it was a "coin toss" as to whether it would get made at all. However, the success of the first Deadpool movie spurred X-Force back into development, with Ryan Reynolds saying in 2016 that it was a "priority" for Fox.

Finally, in September 2017, things started moving again when it was announced that Drew Goddard was attached to write and direct X-Force. Goddard made his feature directorial debut with horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods, a movie packed with meta-humor about the most common horror tropes, which makes him a perfect fit for any project featuring Deadpool, the king of breaking the fourth wall.

X-Force is expected to begin filming in late 2018 and so far three cast members from Deadpool 2 are confirmed to return: Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Josh Brolin as Cable, and Zazie Beetz as Domino. As for the other X-Force characters who were introduced in Deadpool 2, well...

Deadpool 2's X-Force Was A Red Herring

In Deadpool 2, Wade and his buddy Weasel recruit superheroes for a mission to rescue young mutant Russell a.k.a. Firefist (Julian Dennison) from the time-traveling cyborg Cable, who is determined to kill the kid. The applicants are Domino, Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Vanisher (Brad Pitt) and Peter (Rob Delaney), and all of them get hired because it turns out that Deadpool isn't too picky. However, in what might be one of the greatest bait-and-switches ever pulled off in movie marketing, all of the recruits (except for Domino) are horribly killed before they can even properly start their first mission, because Deadpool ignored weather alerts about high winds and decided to have them all parachute onto the scene.

With that said, it's not out of the question that the deceased members of X-Force could return in the team-up movie. In Deadpool 2's end-credits sequence, Deadpool uses Cable's time travel device to go back in time and prevent Peter's death, and screenwriter Rhett Reese said casually in an interview with CBR that "we can always go back in time and make anybody alive." So, don't write off the possibility of X-Force's less fortunate characters returning from the grave in a future movie. As it stands, though, Deadpool 2 seems to establish a pretty clear line-up of potential characters for Goddard's film.

Page 2: Which Deadpool 2 Characters Will Be in X-Force?

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