by Brett White
While Fox's "X-Men" panel at San Diego Comic-Con was void of any real news about the X-Force movie, SlashFilm got a chance to speak to "X-Force" writer (and "Kick-Ass 2" writer/director) Jeff Wadlow about the spin-off movie that everybody (re: me) can't stop thinking about.
Wadlow first thanked Fox's comic book creative consultant Mark Millar, saying that "'X-Force' is something I'm incredibly passionate about and without his support it wouldn't be happening."
But the real news came when the discussion turned towards exactly which iteration of the team would make its way to the big screen.
"I love the current incarnation, 'Uncanny X-Force,'" said Wadlow. "I love what Rob [Liefeld] did in the nineties. I remember buying 'X-Force' #1 and what I've really loved about the announcement that we are working on the movie is how excited people are by the potential, but also how curious they are. [They're] like, 'What’s the line up?' What's interesting with 'X-Men,' I mean they have an iconic lineup, so you know who is going to be in that movie. But X-Force, it's like, 'Who is it going to be?' I love that people are guessing."
Then Mark Millar jumped into the conversation, from an unclarified distance. It is "X-Force," so it's possible he used Cable's bodyslide tech.
"People are going to be dissecting every name as it gets released, so it will be so cool when you have your five," he said, possibly revealing that the film X-Force will feature a much more manageable roster than any previous X-Men film.
Now, speaking as the "X-Force" superfan that I am - and always have been - I gotta say there are iconic X-Force lineups. The problem is that there are a lot of them. Will the film go classic (Cable, Domino, Cannonball, Boom Boom, Shatterstar, Feral, Warpath)? Will it add in some mid-90s recruits (Siryn, Sunspot, Rictor)? Will they stick to the five-person roster featured for a few years in the late-90s (Boom Boom, Warpath, Siryn, Sunspot, Dani Moonstar)? What about the Millign/Allred era (will U-Go Girl pop up) or the Kyle/Yost era (Wolverine, Archangel, Wolfsbane, Warpath, Domino, Vanisher, etc.)? "Uncanny X-Force" prominently featured a five-person roster (Wolverine, Psylocke, Fantomex, Deadpool, Archangel), and Wadlow did cite it as something he liked. So yeah, who knows?
I assume a few characters are off the table. I doubt Hugh Jackman will be in the film following back-to-back turns as Wolverine. Both Warpath and Sunspot are appearing in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and their involvement depends on whether or not they survive the film and when they appear in the time-travel film. Deadpool's most likely a shoe-in considering the epic headache it's been to get him in a film since the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" misfire, and Archangel is a possibility if they feel like giving Ben Foster (who played Angel in "X-Men: The Last Stand") some metallic wings. Siryn appeared in a tiny cameo in "X2." They also wasted - and killed - Psylocke in a horrible cameo in "Last Stand,' so she may or may not be off the table.
Based on the very little evidence we have on the table, I'm going to make a first guess at Wadlow's five: Cable, Deadpool, Domino, Cannonball, Boom Boom. Yeah, that's very biased. I'll be pleasantly surprised if more than one woman shows up in a five person roster, but Hollywood gives me no reason to think that's a certainty. If they do include one, which they will, it'll be Domino as she's the most identifiable X-Force woman. Deadpool and Cable are guarantees based on their popularity. The other two... using past X-Movies as a guide, it could be anyone. It could be Apocalypse and Strong Guy for all we know.
Expect to hear a lot more about this all the time forever.
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