Much of the marketing for Deadpool 2 has hinged on the Merc With a Mouth assembling his own team of heroes -- Domino, Shatterstar, Bedlam and Zeitgeist, among others -- to stop Josh Brolin's Cable from killing a young mutant. While that obviously lays the foundation for an X-Force movie, that's not necessarily the lineup will see in the planned Fox Spinoff.
According to producer Simon Kinberg, those details are still being worked out with X-Force star and executive producer Ryan Reynolds and writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods).
“Drew, Ryan, and I sat down and talked quite a bit about what X-Force would be," he told Entertainment Weekly, "but we haven’t on settled who those characters are yet. But certainly we’d want Cable and Domino to be part of it.”
Introduced in 1991 in Marvel Comics' New Mutants #100, by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, X-Force was originally comprised of Cable and former New Mutants members Cannonball, Copycat, Shatterstar, Feral, Boom-Boom and Warpath; Domino didn't join until a few years later, and Bedlam not until 1999.
Obviously, X-Force's origins and membership differ greatly between the source material and the movies, so there's little telling who, beyond Deadpool, Cable and Domino, will be part of the roster by the time of the spinoff.
Reynolds revealed this week in a pair of interviews that, despite the blockbuster success of the first film and expectations for the sequel, he doesn't think there will be a Deadpool 3. Instead, he foresees Wade Wilson's story continuing as part of X-Force.
“I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him,” he said. “I don’t think that you can keep doing that. I do see him as being a part of X-Force, obviously. I would love to see him in a team-up sort of thing, like a mano a mano or a great female character from the X-Men universe. I just think if you’re going to do another Deadpool solo film, you’ve got to really, like, get that budget down to nothing and just swing for the fences, and break all kinds of weird barriers, and do stuff that no one else can do.”
Opening May 18, director David Leitch's Deadpool 2 features Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable and Julian Dennison as Russell. X-Force doesn't have an announced release date.