Two weeks ago, reports of Fox's interest in adapting X-Force into a future X-Men movie resurfaced and quickly became a reality with the confirmation that Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow was penning the screenplay. With X-Men: Days of Future Past potentially serving as a launchpad for the future of Fox's own Marvel universe and perhaps serving as the end of an era for the series, X-Force is a logical choice for the next chapter.
With practically every character from the X-Men film franchise involved with Days of Future Past, the big question on fans' minds revolves around who will be featured in the X-Force movie and which new characters from Days of Future Past may continue on?
Chatting with /Film, Wadlow talked about his excitement for X-Force and revealed that him getting the job was in large part thanks to Mark Millar who's serving as Fox's Marvel movie consultant. Interestingly - and certainly by no means a coincidence - it's Wadlow who Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn selected to takeover Kick-Ass 2 and it's Vaughn who's largely responsible for the story of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. What that means is that Fox is building a team of creative talent who know each other and can work together to build a more unified continuity in the X-Men universe going forward.
"...I owe a lot of it to Mark. X-Force is something I’m incredibly passionate about and without his support it wouldn't be happening."
Wadlow continues, teasing that fans may not be able to guess what characters will be featured in the film since there are multiple X-Force teams in Marvel Comics.
...I love the current incarnation, Uncanny X-Force. I love what Rob did in the nineties. I remember buying X-Force 1 and what I've really loved about the announcement that we are working on the movie is how excited people are by the potential, but also how curious they are like 'What's the line up?' What’s interesting with X-Men, I mean they have an iconic lineup, so you know who is going to be in that movie, but X-Force it’s like 'Who is it going to be?' I love that people are guessing."
Mark Millar chimes in, seemingly revealing that there will be five core characters:
"People are going to be dissecting every name as it gets released, so it's will be so cool when you have your five."
Throughout the Marvel Comics, there have been a few staples of the X-Force books, one of them being Cable, another being Warpath. Warpath is in X-Men: Days of Future Past so it's a safe bet he'll make the transition but the question on everyone's mind is whether or not Cable - and his pals Deadpool and Domino - could be introduced in the X-Men film universe as well. One theory we have is that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine may end up being Cable since in the Ultimate Marvel Comics that is the case, and from the Days of Future Past footage showcased at Comic-Con, we did see a graying Wolverine, with some rather interesting futuristic costumes, travel back in time to meet the '70s X-Men.
The original X-Force team that branched out of the New Mutants comics featured a roster including Boomer, Cable, Cannonball, Copycat, Feral, Shatterstar and Warpath. The second volume featured with a similar roster, but also included Sunspot who we believe in is in X-Men: Days of Future Past as well. The latest incarnation of X-Force which launched as a black ops Wolverine-led assassination squad working for Cyclops, began with Caliban, Hepzibah, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Wolverine, X-23 but evolved into featuring Cable, Domino, Archangel and Deadpool. We'd expect a combination of the teams with the latest Uncanny X-Force being used as a good template, especially if Fox wants to introduce Deadpool without risking investing in a Deadpool solo feature, at least yet.
Who would you want to star in an X-Force movie?
Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore. James Marsden may be involved if witness reports are true.
The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 23, 2014.
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