Before Deadpool became Fox’s biggest breakout superhero, the studio originally had plans to produce a film trilogy centring around the X-Force, with Kick Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow on board to direct. The plan was ultimately scrapped in favour of the R-rated Deadpool films. Fortunately, Wadlow has finally revealed details of what would have happened in the X-Force films had Fox went ahead and produced them.
In an interview with CBM, Wadlow revealed what he planned for the X-Force trilogy that never happened.
“What I can share about my take on the property (as it’s not really relevant any more since Deadpool 2 introduced Cable, and I wrote X-Force before Deadpool 1 even came out), is that it asked if X-Men was about mutants who get to go to private school with Wolverine and Professor X, and have the Blackbird swooping down to pick them up, what about the mutants that have to go to public school?” said Wadlow. “What about the ones who don’t have the benefactor looking out for them, and what about the kids who have to figure it out on their own? We then would have introduced that darker, more militant mentor in the form of Cable.”
When asked about who Cable will be teaching, Wadlow answered,
“I plotted out this three-movie arc that took X-Force from what it was in the 90s with Rob Liefeld with a band of kids fighting for what they believe in, and then by the third film, the group would have grown and changed and lost and picked up some new members, and basically turned into Rick Remender’s version of the X-Force in the early 2000s. That was a much darker hit squad and black ops team who had lost their way over the course of the three films.”
Liefeld’s original team included the likes of Boom Boom, Cannonball, Feral, Warpath, Siryn, as well as Shatterstar and Domino, who were both introduced in Deadpool 2. Interestingly, the mutants mentioned above all flirted with the idea in one particular scene alongside the Merc with a Mouth in the movie, which did give fans the faintest of ideas what an X-Force movie could’ve looked like. Oh well.
Wadlow added that he was “super grateful” to have written the script for the film, even if it never came to fruition. That is not to say that X-Force is dead, the title has simply moved into the hands of Disney/Marvel now. Wadlow is well aware of this and gave a short message to Marvel’s big boss, Kevin Feige.
“Kevin Feige, if you’re reading this, I will do anything at all to work on your version of the X-Men and X-Force. I’m a filmmaker because of 90s comics, so I obviously love them dearly, and it was actually a dream come true for me to write X-Force and meet Rob Liefeld. I loved doing it and would of course do anything to be part of whatever new iteration they have planned.”
Here’s hoping we’ll actually get to see X-Force come to life on the big screen one day.