As soon as Cable was teased in the post-credit scene of Deadpool, we knew that the arrival of the X-Force was imminent. After all, as one of the most popular comic book series of the ’90s, selling the same sort of numbers as Wolverine and Spider-Man, it was only a matter of time before they made their way to the silver screen – and the team will be making its debut in Deadpool 2.
You have to wonder, though, why Fox didn’t pull the trigger on this idea sooner. X-Men movies have been on the big screen for 18 years now, so why the long wait for this spinoff fan-favorite mutant team?
The answer is simple: risk.
The X-Men had the luxury of a mainstream animated series that was beloved by many who weren’t even comic book fans, while X-Force remained mostly a favorite of the diehard readers. Now, with the comic book movie boom in full force, it makes more sense to bring out all the big guns and go for broke.
Speaking about the X-Force film to SFX recently, the team’s creator, Rob Liefeld, said:
“It’s fairly common knowledge that Fox has [X-Force] lined up to go next, and Drew Goddard is writing and directing. I believe X-Force is the inevitable next step but right now I’m just excited for [Deadpool 2] to reach the audience that it’s been waiting for these past two years, as I think everyone is going to be very pleased with the outcome!”
The big question remains, though, is it a good idea to introduce X-Force in Deadpool 2?