Drew Goddard is set to direct X-Force, a film spinning out of the X-Men world established in Deadpool and its sequel. And as anyone who has seen Deadpool 2 will tell you, it’s use of X-Force is fairly unorthodox in terms of superhero franchise pictures. But as Goddard told Entertainment Weekly, recently, he was fine with the way the team was established and utilized in the film.
“One thing I said to Ryan [Reynolds] was, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll come up with new ideas; you guys go make your movie, and do your thing. We’ll figure it out,'” he told the site. The director intends into begin his draft of X-Force after completing his upcoming Bad Times at the El Royale in the Fall. The film, which was previously being written by Reynolds and Joe Carnahan, will focus on Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Deadpool (Reynolds). As he never envisioned the other team members depicted in Deadpool 2 as part of his squad, their use as a punchline never mattered to his vision of X-Force. In fact, he found the way the team was used in Deadpool 2 a “delight.”
“It was the very last thing you’d expect to happen in one of these movies,” he said. “These movies are so careful to set up the next thing and the next thing, and it made me so happy.”
Perhaps some of that delight will make its way into X-Force. The future of the film is in some doubt as the Disney/Fox merger may disrupt the plans for further X-Men inspired movies until Marvel Studios takes over, but perhaps X-Force will find a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before too long.
X-Force is not currently scheduled for release.