The film version of X-Force can compete with Marvel Studios' Avengers, according to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. Deadpool 2 arrives in a few weeks and the sequel will not only bring back Ryan Reynolds' Merc With A Mouth, it will also introduce the superhero team X-Force to the big screen. Directed by Atomic Blonde helmer David Leitch and scripted by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (with Reynolds also receiving writing credit), the Deadpool sequel promises to be a bigger and crazier than its predecessor.
In the modern world of cinematic superheroes, the MCU's Avengers are undoubtedly the champions as far as teams go. Since they fist assembled in 2012, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk have become household names, and their ranks have only swollen with each passing Avengers film. DC's Justice League and Fox's X-Men have attempted to challenge Earth's Mightiest Heroes with respect to their popularity on the big screen, but thus far to little success. Liefeld, however, thinks that X-Force could be the super-team that finally gives the Avengers a proper run for their money.
Speaking with Fandango in the wake of Deadpool 2's final trailer being released and tickets going on sale, Liefeld expressed his confidence that the big screen version of X-Force will be able to go head-to-head with the Avengers, when it comes to popularity:
Liefeld's comments basically imply that X-Force's unique selling point is the creative freedom they have to be ruthless and explicit, which is also the real essence of the team. While it's not hard to imagine the members of X-Force becoming fan-favorites in their own right, it won't only be because they can curse and slaughter their enemies mercilessly in ways the Avengers cannot. More than that, they are a very different team of superheroes than the Avengers, and that will surely help to set them apart in the increasingly crowded world of comic book movies. Regardless of what the Deadpool and X-Force movies are rated, audiences will turn out for them if their stories and characters are handled well.
Fans will see how the X-Force translates on the big screen with the release of Deadpool 2 next month. Assuming the sequel doesn't bomb (which seems extremely unlikely), the team will immediately set off on their own adventure in Drew Goddard's X-Force movie, which is tentatively set to begin filming this fall. Should the X-Force go over well enough to further earn themselves a film sequel or two, it's possible they could even cross paths with the Avengers themselves one day - should the Disney and Fox deal be finalized as expected.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
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- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020