The X-Men promotional machine in full swing before, during, and after the Super Bowl. We got both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, Super Bowl spots, the latter featuring Olivia Munn as the badass mutant Psylocke. Munn and Ryan Reynolds have been the face of the X-Men franchise’s full-court-press on social media, the pair have released a fun sword fight viral video via Munn’s Instagram account.
It was a smart move on Fox’s part to have Olivia Munn get on social media early, and the recent Q&A on Twitter has developed genuine interest from fans in seeing more of the character in the future.
I’m sure it’s all just to help promote the two X-Men films, but we’ve been hearing quite the rumbling that X-Force could end-up back on the table because of the critical and anticipated box office success of Deadpool. Their two mutant characters just happen to be apart of the X-Men offshoot team, and would likely have spots if the movie were to go forward after it’s much needed script overhaul.
We heard from co-writer Rhett Reese alluding to a possible (non-official) interest of penning an X-Force script, after Jeff Wadlow’s draft likely getting tossed because of similarities to X-Men: Apocalypse.
Ryan, while speaking to German outlet Filmstarts, has revealed that for him getting X-Force on the screen is a future priority.
“In the future I think, if we’re doing a bunch more Deadpool movies, we’re really going to explore the X-Men a lot, and maybe X-Force. X-Force is really my priority. I really want to get that in.”
He doesn’t run 20th Century Fox, but as a producer was able to to convince Fox to take a chance on a R-rated $50 million Deadpool movie, which looks like it could be one of the bigger success stories for the franchise. The test-footaging leaking helped a lot to winning over the studio as well. I do think if Reynolds pushed for the film, and the Deadpool creative team (Simon Kinberg, Reynolds, Tim Miller, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese) got ahold of it, they could figure something out and give fans another fun romp.
Olivia recently mentioned an interest to see her wealth of Psylocke knowledge developed into a solo film, which is not a huge stretch since both Deadpool and Gambit films were spawned from supporting appearances. Psylocke having a richer comic book history than Gambit, we can understand the desire to see our first female led X-Men film finally come together. Her character also just happens to be one of the many team leaders of X-Force, making her a viable candidate to join the lineup.
Director Tim Miller has even teased that fellow X-Force members Cable and X-23 (could be replacement for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine) could be apart of the Deadpool sequel.
They might as well turn Deadpool 2 into X-Force and just be done with it.