X-Cast – Deadpool, Cable, Psylocke, Domino, Fantomex, X-23, and Forge
X-Force has had many different incarnations in the comics, and the movie version will be borrowing a bit from all as well as forging its own path. One major thing in common with the comics is the edgier tone, reflected in the movie with its R rating. It’s important for this reboot to mix in more R rated movies. I feel it keeps it fresh and different from the Marvel world. This story is also key to the overall big picture, and with the exception of a few hints in previous movies, is actually kind of a prequel for things to come.
This is the sixth movie in my reboot plan. Read the introduction, with links to all the published posts HERE.
We’ve already been introduced to Cable in Deadpool 2. From there we know he came from the future to save the person who becomes the savior of his timeline. We also get hints that he’s the son of Cyclops.
This movie opens in Cable’s future timeline as it looks like it’s about to be erased. Cable has failed. They send back an assassin, X-23 to help Cable succeed (this is how we get the X-23 from Logan into this rebooted universe). She finds Cable and Domino, and the three of them put together a team.
After the full team is assembled, we learn that the savior is a girl named Hope, and she is just a newborn child at this time. When she grows up, she will unite the human and mutant races and save humanity in the process.
We then flash to the future again, only the timeline is different. We are now in Bishop’s future, and we learn that Hope has enslaved the human and mutant population and rules the world with an iron fist. Bishop wakes up in the present time, and the previous scene was a dream as he remembered the full story of what he’s supposed to be doing.
Bishop leaves the X-Men to seek out Hope as X-Force does the same. They come into conflict and a battle ensues. Domino is killed in this battle, but X-Force is simply too powerful for Bishop. Cable makes off with Hope. Bishop, believing he’s saving his future is relentless, chasing Cable everywhere he goes. In the end, X-Force reunites with Cable in a final plan to kill Bishop. The battle doesn’t go their way, but with the technology X-23 brought back, Cable is able to jump into the time stream with Hope to save her.
Before the portal closes, Bishop breaks free from X-Force and jumps in after them. After the credits, we see X-23 getting the portal back open to follow. Deadpool pushes her aside and jumps into the future instead and X-23’s technology is now broken, leaving her stuck in this timeline.
Check out the next chapter, X-Men: Shadow King
I’m combining these two movies into one post because I don’t have much to say about them. Timeline wise, Deadpool is the 2nd movie to be released in the reboot plan & in the actual Fox slate (after New Mutants, before Dark Phoenix). Gambit has been pushed back and has no official release date. This will be the 4th movie in my reboot plan.
X-Cast – Deadpool, Cable, Domino
It honestly doesn’t matter much what they do here. I have complete trust in the Deadpool people. When I originally wrote this, my only wish was that Cable & Domino would be in this one. Since they’ve both been cast (Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz), that’s proof my trust is justified. We’ll also be seeing the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Some minor hints to the bigger picture of the reboot should be laid down in this film. First, would be Cable’s backstory of how he came to this timeline from the future, how he’s here to save a mutant who’s destined to save the world, and small hints that he’s the child of Cyclops.
X-23: As the larger story of the reboot grows, we will see Cable pitted against Bishop. In Cable’s future the mystery mutant is the savior, but in Bishop’s, the mutant is the destroyer. X-23 will be an assassin sent from the future to kill one of them. I really liked Dafne Keen’s X-23, and I definitely like tying in Logan (the movie) to this universe. But, I would like to see X-23 in her late teens and Dafne is only 12-years-old. At the very least, we can use Logan as the jumping off point for the character’s introduction. I think this could be a good film to start her story line, but there are a couple other places she could be as well (I’ll point them out as they come along).
X-Cast – Gambit, Psylocke, Fantomex
They cast Channing Tatum for the role of Gambit. Have they written this film already? I don’t know. All we do know is that this was originally penciled in for a 2016 release and continues to be pushed back. Will it be cut? Maybe. But it still has a lot of potential, so it’s part of my reboot plan.
Gambit has potential because he’s one of the coolest X-Men. There was a time he competed with, and maybe even surpassed Wolverine’s popularity in the comics. He’s such a great member of the X-Men, but unfortunately like most X-Men, not quite as interesting solo.
To help boost the potential of this movie, I’m pairing him with Psylocke as Gambit’s partner in thievery and love interest. While I’m aware that Rogue is the natural choice for this, we don’t always have to exactly follow the comics. This love affair will play an important emotional role down the line.
In my opinion, Psylocke may be the best cast superhero since Hugh Jackman, so I’m excited to keep Olivia Munn in this reboot. Obviously I want her to be in this movie, but I really want her to play a large role in it…possibly even take the lead and title of the film away from Gambit.
I think Psylocke is the coolest female superhero in the entirety of comics. I’m a huge fan and was blown away when they cast Olivia Munn. With Wonder Woman proving female superhero success, and the coming Captain Marvel, Fox can have their strong female with Psylocke. She can easily carry this movie as the lead. So if you’re asking me, this should definitely be Psylocke’s movie.
Fantomex will play the antagonist in this movie, but everyone is a thief. The lines between good and bad are blurred with all the characters. I honestly don’t have a direction for the main plot of this movie because for me it’s really about establishing the characters for their stories down the road. Obviously there has to be a plot, but for the purposes of the larger reboot, I’m more concerned with what is established as it works towards the end goal.
Next up is the FANTASTIC FOUR.