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.
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!
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