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– by David Kozlowski

Joss Whedon writing alum Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, The Martian) has finally secured his own superhero franchise! You might recall that Goddard was hired as EP and showrunner on Netflix’s Daredevil series, but he famously bailed before Season 1 to direct a Sinister Six movie (set in Sony’s pre-MCU Spider-Man universe), but that film was cancelled shortly thereafter in the wake of Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s failure.

According to Deadline, Goddard will both write and direct X-Force for Fox. Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing.

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X-Force is based on a long-running Marvel comic, which itself is an X-Men spin-off. The movie version of this team is led by Deadpool and Cable, so we assume this means Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin are starring.

Essentially, X-Force is a “Black Ops” mutant sub-team who are known to be more violent and ruthless than their higher-profile X-Men cousins. X-Force is also much more military-oriented, dealing with terrorism and war rather than the typical supervillains inherent to the X-Men.

What makes this story even more intriguing is the potential casting of X-Force characters. In addition to Deadpool and Cable, the comic book version regularly included Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Domino, Psylocke, X-23, and a bunch of other C and D-list heroes you’ve probably never heard of.

No casting has yet been announced, though it’s pretty clear Reynold’s Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable are locks. Big question: will Fox share any of their mainstream X-Men characters with X-Force? Bigger question: will they re-cast Wolverine? My guess is no on both counts (but who knows), and if Deadpool 2 is a major hit (and it should be), then what better way to bring Wolverine back into the fold?

It’s also worth noting that the comic’s version of X-Force has come and gone several times over the years, including reboots and roster overhauls. We assume the film version will reference X-Force volumes 3-4, which debuted in 2008 and reflects the aforementioned roster.

X-Force is an interesting proposition for Fox. The film could live somewhere between the bright and shiny world of the X-Men films and the grimy, gritty realities of Suicide Squad or The Defenders. Time will tell, but it’s pretty clear the casting of this film will dominate headlines in our neck of the woods over the next several months!

Are excited about yet another X-Men spin-off by Drew Goddard and starring Deadpool and Cable? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • The Skeptic

    This would BE the best time to bring Wolverine back into the fold. Tom Hardy would have been my first choice, but he has gone to Sony for Venom. Travis Fimmel or Kit Harrington would be a good alternate

    • An X-Force movie with Deadpool, Cable, and Wolverine… that’s a pretty big deal, I can’t see why Fox would miss such an opportunity. There will never be another Hugh Jackman, that’s understandable… but this trio could rival Cap-Iron Man-Thor or Superman-Batman-Wonder Woman, in terms of box office draw. I’d pay for this!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    It will be hard to see a new Wolverine unless they portray him as the comics and cartoons. If we get an animalistic version then I will be on board. Just as I was for Colossus as he was more accurate than his movie counterpart. So done right, why not. I could also see them going X-23 alternate route as well. If the do decide to make the universes cross swords I wouldn’t mind if they brought back the Nightcrawler who kicked off X2. Sandy Frink we need you!!!

    • Victor Roa

      nailed it, except Nightcrawler was too expensive for X3 and that’s why they ditched Alan Cummings for more Haley Barry.

    • You know that Fox must desperately want to get Wolverine back on-screen as soon as possible. What’s holding them back? I agree with you, if they’re going to recast the character it better match the comics 100%.

      • randomironicname

        Yeah, he’s too popular to not have around but I hope they let keep the character shelved a bit longer. Save him for a few movies down the line then cast a 5’3 ball of hair and muscles to just blow the doors off whatever sequel it happens to be. Introduce him in the X-Force/Deadpool world before moving him over to X-Men (if they’ve fixed that by then).

  • Victor Roa

    The should have done this instead of XMen Apocalypse.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.