One by one members of X-Force are popping up on the big screen; the likes of Wolverine and Deadpool are joined by Apocalypse newcomers Psylocke, Nightcrawler and Angel, plus many more in the X-Verse. Add the upcoming addition of the group creator Cable in Deadpool 2, and you have enough to fuel the flames of anticipation for a live-action collaboration.
It may be wishful thinking, but it looks like X-Force and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld could be dousing fuel onto those flames, by bringing the group firmly back to the forefront of fan's minds at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
During last year's event, the comic book artist left sketches of Deadpool dotted around the venue, offering some lucky fans the chance to discover the drawings. The stunt was so well received, Liefeld is going to be doing the same again this year, but instead of Deadpool flying solo, he's branching out to the entire X-Force team. His designs — each would cost between $500 and $1,000 on commission — will include Deadpool, Cable, Domino, Shatterstar and Stryfe.
Deadpool: Number Two
Liefeld isn't the only one with Deadpool connections flirting with the prospect of X-Force being realized on the big screen. Ryan Reynolds — who if given the choice would probably become Wade Wilson permanently — teased the X-Men's involvement in the second solo movie, including that character whose name rhymes with Polverine:
It could be a happy coincidence, as Reynolds is always up to mischief as Deadpool, and the X-Force are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, which could explain Liefeld's actions. Or maybe he just felt like it and these things aren't connected at all. But in today's social media driven world, Liefeld and Reynolds will know that fans will love to speculate on even the smallest glimmers of possibility.
And Fans Want To See X-Force On The Big Screen
Liefeld created the X-Force comics in 1991, and the series became so popular that it became the second highest grossing American comic book, selling five million copies. Since its inception, Deadpool has featured on-and-off in the team, forming a special relationship with leader Cable in the process.
The inclusion of Cable in the X-Verse adds more ammunition for to claims that X-Force could feature in Ryan Reynolds' second outing as the Merc with a Mouth, or at least we could see the early formation of the crime-fighting group.
Part of Deadpool's allure was its deviation from the superhero norm, including a stripped down approach. But after the film's R-rated success, now is as good a time as ever to see how Wade Wilson can interact with other members of the X-verse, and the feeling is the X-Force would work perfectly in Wade's world.
As well as the prospect of X-Force members taking the plunge into Wade's universe, we could also see Deadpool go the other way. X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has previously discussed the possibility of Deadpool entering that franchise at some point in the future. In an interview with Variety, he said:
“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently. When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”
Crucially, the post-credit scene of Apocalypse provided a potential bridge between the narrative of Deadpool and the X-Men. The mysterious Essex Corp., who were shown collecting a vial of blood, are a company who were founded by Mister Sinister, a formidable villain who has battled with Deadpool in the past.
If we got really, really carried away, we could dream of a Deadpool, Cable and Wolverine appearing in Deadpool 2. But that would be too good to be true, right?
Deadpool 2 begins filming early next year, with an expected release date of March 2, 2018.