A few years ago and before the first Deadpool hit theaters, Jeff Wadlow was all set to bring Marvel's X-Force to the big screen for Fox. But fate intervened and that never happened. Instead we're about to get our first live-action view of the X-Men spinoff team in the upcoming Deadpool 2, with the group already named and identified in the latest trailer for the movie. Reflecting on the missed opportunity, the filmmaker recently revealed exactly why the film was never made and his plans for the characters.
First appearing in New Mutants #100 in 1991, X-Force were a more confrontational version of the X-Men and regularly incorporated massive fan favorites such as Wolverine, Deadpool, and Cable. Back in 2013 and just coming off Kick-Ass 2, it was announced that Wadlow had signed on to adapt and direct an X-Force movie. It was expected to branch off from some of the events and plot strands started in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and get a release in 2015 or 2016. However, development on the film eventually ceased and plans for the X-Universe took a swerve when Deadpool was released in 2016, and became a smash hit. With the team now confirmed as being a pivotal part of Deadpool 2, and an upcoming movie being directed/written by Drew Goddard, Wadlow's version of the characters will never be seen.
"...my X-Force movie was much more focused on Cable and the New Mutants becoming this paramilitary unit. So, Fox was trying to decide whether they going to do the Deadpool solo movie or my X-Force movie. Fortunately, they picked the Deadpool solo movie because it’s great. Fortunately for the world, I should say, but unfortunately for me. But, I have no complaints about the process. I’m a huge fan of Ryan’s and I loved the Deadpool solo movie. I’m super excited for Deadpool 2. It’s a little bit of a bummer, but that’s life in the big leagues.”
It's cool that Wadlow harbours no grudges against the studio or the way things turned out, although it would have been interesting to see what directions the plot may have taken, when compared to Tim Miller's hilarious take on the associated characters. Wadlow also mentioned that he wanted his X-Force to be the mutants who didn't have the support of Charles Xavier, and that they were "the kids that don’t have a jet swooping down to help them." It's an interesting spin on the X-Universe and seems close to the direction that The Gifted took, as well as the delayed New Mutants.
Meanwhile the new version of the team is apparently being set-up for an ongoing franchise that may steer away from any future Deadpool movies. Any complications regarding the Disney/20th Century Fox deal should always be taken into consideration. But as it currently stands, both Josh Brolin (Cable) and Zazie Beetz (Domino) have hinted that we can expect to see the standalone X-Force movie start to film shortly, with rumors pointing to a Fall shoot. So while Wadlow's vision for the team may have vanished, it looks like they will still be launching a multiple attack on theaters over next few years. More news on X-Force as we get it.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020