‘X-Force': 5 Stories Fit For Film

by Brett White

It looks like yesterday’s simple domain name registration has turned into a full on thing: an “X-Force” movie is in development.

Bleeding Cool has reported that, according to a ’tip’, Fox will use San Diego’s Comic-Con International to announce a larger X-Men cinematic universe, including “X-Force.” We hoped this would be the case back in February, and X-Force was one of our hunches.

X-Force co-creator Rob Liefeld even took to Twitter today to confirm that, yeah, an “X-Force” film is in development.

He then went on to clarify that “informed” is much different from actually shooting a film, so hopes shouldn’t be too high yet.

But with 215 issues (and counting) published, spread across two decades and six different series, what stories would make for the best X-Force movie? Here are my five picks.

Regarding any X-Force commentary piece, I gotta get my bias out of the way first. I love X-Force. A lot. And yeah, I love classic X-Force. Due to the nature of comic books, the team and the title have gone through a number of different permutations. I don’t think Hollywood would go for an adaptation of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s delightfully deranged satirical “X-Force/X-Statix” run just yet. I think that “X-Force” by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost relies too heavily on Wolverine and big crossovers to get the big screen treatment. Heck, my favorite “X-Force” storyarc is “Assault on Graymalkin” by Fabian Nicieza and Greg Capullo, but that’s sequel material.

With all that outta the way, here are my five picks. Find these stories. Read them. Love them.

“A Force To Be Reckoned With” (“New Mutants” #98-100, “X-Force” #1-4)
Since every first superhero movie is an origin story, it makes sense to adapt bits from X-Force’s origin. Here, the remnants of Professor Xavier’s student body have been fully taken under the wing of Cable, a militaristic time-traveler with a love for shoulder-pads and big guns. The team gains a few new members (Domino, Shatterstar, Warpath and Feral) and a few new enemies (The Mutant Liberation Front, Stryfe, Juggernaut and Gideon). Like a lot of comics from the early ’90s, this story’s pretty light on plot – but it’s big on action.

“Beg Tomorrow” (“X-Force” #35-36)
This two-parter by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Tony Daniel pits X-Force against the newly created Nimrod Sentinel, an ultra-deadly mutant-hunting robot created by the government’s Project: Wideawake. We already know that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is bringing the Sentinels to the big screen; throwing the next stage of Sentinel evolution at X-Force could be the perfect way to make the universe more cohesive.

“Destination Unknown” (“X-Force” #71-81)
Yeah, big action moments are great, but “X-Force’s” real strength was in its ability to portray young adults realistically. They’re not teenagers, but they’re not grown-ups; they’re somewhere in between. This is never more evident in this stretch of issues by John Francis Moore and Adam Pollina, wherein a small X-Force team (Siryn, Meltdown, Dani Moonstar, Warpath and Sunspot) hit the road and encounter gangsters, cramped dorm rooms, the forces of Hell, the Burning Man festival, and the wonders of Hawaii. There’s still plenty of action to be had, but it’s all delivered in a totally unique context.

“The Apocalypse Solution”/”The Dark Angel Saga” (“Uncanny X-Force” #1-18)
For X-Men fans that have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of X-Villain Apocalypse on the big screen, then this movie would surely please them. When the all-powerful tyrant Apocalypse is reborn as an innocent child, Wolverine and his black ops squad – consisting of Deadpool, Psylocke, Fantomex and Archangel – struggle with a whole mess of moral dilemmas. Do they kill a kid to prevent the return of Apocalypse? It’s heavy stuff, sure, but the beauty of this epic by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena and Dean White is that every single action has a consequence. The stakes have never been higher in another X-Men film, and that’s how an “X-Force” movie should be.

“Wanted” (“Cable and X-Force” #1-5)
The most recent iteration of X-Force would also make for a great introduction to X-Force. In “Wanted,” writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Salvador Larroca get the band back together for one last mission… and it goes about as well as you think. This storyarc is an “Ocean’s Eleven” style caper with “Fast & Furious 6″-levels of over-the-top action, all told through a nonlinear narrative that would make for a summer blockbuster worth seeing multiple times.

What “X-Force” story do you want to see on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!