In the wake of Disney and Marvel's record-shattering successes, who can blame 20th Century Fox for attempting to launch additional X-Men spin-off franchises? Bryan Singer is returning to the super-powered mutant realm with X-Men: Days of Future Past - which will unite the cast of the previous X-Men films with their younger counterparts from X-Men: First Class - and while the upcoming standalone entry The Wolverine exists somewhere apart from the events of Days of Future Past, comments from director James Mangold suggest that a post-credits scene could tease something related to DoFP.
We now know that in addition to Fox's big announcements at Comic-Con, they have every intention of adapting the popular X-Men spin-off comic X-Force into a movie. On the heels of that news came the identity of the project's writer: Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Wadlow offered a quick update on the progress of his script:
“I’m pretty deep into it... I have the whole story completely worked out. I’m about 20 pages into my draft. If I wasn’t promoting 'Kick-Ass,' I would probably have a draft [already], but 'Kick-Ass' is going to slow me down just a little.”
With the recent confirmation that time-traveling mutant Bishop would join Days of Future Past (along with Warpath, a founding X-Force member), another prominent time-traveler could very well be involved: the mercenary known as Cable, the original leader of this more militaristic mutant force.
When pressed for details on who would be leading this version of the team, Wadlow was light on specifics... but perhaps tellingly so:
"Here’s the thing, I love the current run of 'Uncanny X-Force.' I love the classic run. Part of my take was addressing this idea that 'X-Force' can be many different things, and that’s what got the studio excited. I think the fans will be excited, too.”
X-Force began when Cable - the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey in one universe and an older version of Wolverine in another - traveled back to the present from an apocalyptic future and took on the role of mentor for the New Mutants (which had a once-mooted film project that may have evolved into this one).
This is speculation, but Wadlow's singling out the more recent run of Uncanny X-Force (whose members are Wolverine, Archangel, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Deathlok, Fantomex and Deadpool) might be a hint that he intends to bridge both the founding team (as pointed out above, Warpath is in Days of Future Past, along with fellow founder Sunspot) and the current team, perhaps in an attempt to reintroduce Deadpool into the film universe.
The currently stalled effort to get the Merc with a Mouth his own movie has been a fairly depressing saga, but Fox - along with Fox's Marvel movie consultant (and Kick-Ass comic book creator) Mark Millar - seem to finally understand that this particular branch of the Marvel-verse is far too expansive to just stick with the core group of X-Men, some of whom may not be returning. X-Force may be the ideal vehicle to showcase a new, young cast of mutants while allowing mainstays like Wolverine to jump in and out as the franchise permits.
Expect plenty more X-Force news as details become available.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
Source: Cinema Blend