Fox's X-Men movies have been dividing opinions for quite some time, though audiences were near universal in praising 2016's Deadpool. The success of Wade Wilson's solo flick showed the studio profanity-laced, R-rated superhero films could be successful, giving rise to 2017's Logan and now, Deadpool 2.
Debuting in 1991's New Mutants #100, the team was an offshoot of the New Mutants. Cable, founder of both squads, wanted something more militant than the X-Men, and X-Force felt like a natural progression to do the dirty work he envisioned. This unit underwent several lineup changes since, moving away from the superhero feel of the '90s, getting darker and grittier with time.
But when it comes to finding an X-Force roster befitting the foul-mouthed Deadpool-verse Fox is attempting to capitalize on, (and no, the prototype X-Force from Deadpool 2 doesn't count), one particular era comes to mind: Uncanny X-Force.
Uncanny X-Force's Roster Fits The Deadpool Revolution
After the team went on a series of highly immoral missions, Cyclops decommissioned X-Force to hide all the blood it had spilled in the X-Men's name after he sanctioned Wolverine as leader. However, Wolverine, recognizing the team was a necessary evil, secretly kept things running, with Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic and Dean White launching UXF in 2010. Wolverine recruited Deadpool, Psylocke, Angel and Fantomex, to continue safeguarding mutantkind, and looking at Fox's current mutant slate, a like-minded roster practically writes itself on-screen.
With Hugh Jackman out as Wolverine, the no-nonsense Cable (Josh Brolin) would be swapped in alongside Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson and Zazie Beetz's Domino. The studio gets to kill two birds with one stone, crafting yet another buddy-flick by slotting Cable, a rugged, war-hardened time-traveler, into Logan's role as leader and military strategist. Fantomex would add even more depth, because as someone who's specializes in time-travel, A.I. and weapons, he can help outfit Cable for his duties as this time-sliding soldier. Fantomex's inclusion could also dive into the Weapon Plus experimental program which created him to be a human-like super-sentinel.