Although it is still years from actually managing to pull it off, 20th Century Fox has quietly begun to ape Marvel and Disney’s superhero plans. The pieces aren’t in place yet, but it looks like Fox is hoping to create its own section of the Marvel Universe populated by the various X-teams, as well as the Fantastic Four and possibly a few others. The next piece in that puzzle appears to be X-Force. X-Force is a team that has seen several incarnations since it was introduced in 1991, but at its core, the idea has remained the same. The team is a more militant wing of the mutants struggle for equality, traditionally bringing the fight to enemies rather than waiting to respond to threats. The roster has changed over the years, and while Fox could dig deep into the mutant well and even bring over some previously introduced characters (Wolverine was recently a member, and Colossus is currently on the team), some of the characters are more complicated than others. Cable, for example, would be difficult to bring to the big screen.
In the comics, Cable was the man that founded X-Force, and has been a member for the majority of the team’s history. He’s a tactical genius, and a leader that is willing to do things Xavier and his teams wouldn’t. He’s also the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey, sent to the future after being infected with a techno-organic virus by Apocalypse, the enemy he was created to defeat. It’s complicated. Bringing him into the fold would require serious alterations to his character, which may work, or it may alienate fans. The job of figuring that out falls to Jeff Wadlow, the writer/director of Kick-Ass 2, who is currently working on the script and will likely direct as well.
- Mark Millar has claimed that the team will consist of five characters. If that is true, it stands to reason that the five have already been selected (Thanks to our reader “leane.eckeleer” for the tip!). [7/30/13]
- Comics writer Rob Liefeld is claiming that Wadlow has completed the script, and that it is faithful to the books – although he wouldn’t say which X-Force books, or who would be on the team. [1/17/14]
- Liefeld also went on to say that he thinks an X-Force film and a Deadpool film may be released within six months to a year of each other. There is also a chance that Deadpool will be introduced in X-Force (the character has appeared on the team), and use that film as a springboard to a solo film. [1/17/14]
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