Deadpool 2 isn’t even in theaters worldwide yet, but some Marvel fans are already looking to the future in the form of the inevitable X-Force movie. While solo films like Deadpool and Logan have proven that the R-rated superhero formula can work, that formula has never been tested in an ensemble format. Rhett Reese, one of the writers on Deadpool 2, doesn’t think that will be a problem.
“I think the fun part of X-Force is they're much more morally flexible than the X-Men,” Reese said in an interview with CBR's Albert Ching (full interview can be viewed below). “They can get their hands dirty a little bit. There's more grey area. It'll be raunchier, it'll be rated R, I'm sure. We'll get to see an ensemble movie that's pushed, hopefully, as far as the Deadpool individual movie was pushed.”
Having debuted in New Mutants #100 back in 1991, X-Force is a wholly different beast from the X-Men. While the largely pacifistic psychic Professor Charles Xavier formed the X-Men to react to attacks on mutants and the world at large, X-Force was founded by the mutant war veteran and time traveler Cable, who has a more proactive and aggressive approach to problem solving.
Shortly after being formed out of the remnants of the New Mutants, X-Force also took on the loudmouth, fourth wall-breaking assassin Deadpool. As a result of this strange mix of would-be heroes, X-Force became known as the crew that would get their hands dirty, the team that would handle the tough, morally ambiguous missions the X-Men didn’t want to touch.
Traces of that lineage can be seen Deadpool 2, as Cable first encounters the Merc with a Mouth when he is on a mission to execute a mutant child from the past who may one day become a grave threat to humanity. With the recent news that the Deadpool 2 writers want to look deeper into Cable’s backstory, which is itself a long, winding, ethical nightmare, it's not surprising that Reese is adamant about retaining the R rating earned by Deadpool and embracing peak X-Force shenanigans.
You can get a taste of what that future film might look like in Deadpool 2, in theaters now. Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and was written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, Julian Dennison as Russell Collins, Zazie Beetz as Neena Thurman/Domino, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy.