While audiences everywhere are eagerly anticipating this weekend's arrival of Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds is already looking to the future. Specifically, he's looking toward the X-Force movie that he's producing with writer/director Drew Goddard.
Based on the classic comic series which popularized Cable, Domino and many of the other characters who will be making their film debuts in Deadpool 2, X-Force was originally a revamped version of the 1980's series The New Mutants. The book focused upon an off-shoot of the X-Men, who were more militant in their tactics and aggressive in their approach to dealing with anti-mutant bigots and mutants who would use their powers to harm humanity. Later versions of the team acted as more of a covert-operations branch of the classic X-Men team, employing those mutants whose powers and training lent themselves well to operating in secret.
Ryan Reynolds spoke about the upcoming X-Force movie in an interview with Collider. Details on the film have been few and far between since the announcement of Drew Goddard as the writer and director, with Goddard currently busy with post-production on his latest film, Bad Times At The El Royale. Reynolds was quick to speak of his enthusiasm for the pre-production work completed so far. "I’m really especially excited to work with Drew. He’s just amazing," says Reynolds.
No date has been set yet for X-Force to begin filming, despite earlier claims that shooting on the film could start as soon as this fall. That seems unlikely at this stage, given that the movie doesn't have a complete script yet, according to Reynolds. He is quick to note, however, that there is "a storyline that everyone’s happy with" and that the story will probably warrant an R-Rating once the script is done. Reynolds also revealed that he and Goddard have agreed on a couple of new characters they want to use in addition to Deadpool, Cable and Domino, confirming earlier reports that Josh Brolin is signed on to reprise the role of Cable and that Zazie Beetz will once again play Domino.
Another issue that may delay shooting on X-Force is the Disney/Fox merger. While Marvel Studios hasn't shown any signs of being in a rush to incorporate those properties whose film rights are currently owned by 20th Century Fox Studios into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a chance they might want to delay further production on any mutant themed movies at Fox once all the films currently in production (such ax X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Gambit) are complete. Reynolds, for his part, believes that the status quo will remain intact for a while longer.
"It really is at the moment—and maybe it’s an illusion, and maybe I’m naïve—but it’s business as usual at Fox," claims Reynolds. "I’m not an executive over there ... but I like to think that whoever buys Fox is buying it to keep intact, and to allow it to be its own entity."
While it seems like X-Force fans will have a little while to wait before they see a follow-up to Deadpool 2, it does seem like Reynolds is as committed as ever to seeing the job done right regardless of how long it takes. The addition of Drew Goddard to the production team is also a good sign, given his previous experience working with various Marvel properties, such as Daredevil and Defenders. All in all, it sounds like comics fans will have another great movie to look forward to, whenever it finally comes out.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019