An X-Force movie had been rumored for years prior to Deadpool 2 featuring the team, allowing everyone’s favorite band of assassins to make their cinematic debut. That said, despite the success of Deadpool 2 and the love fans have for the team, very little is known about the X-Force and its members at this point outside of what we witnessed in the movie.
The X-Force made their first appearance in The New Mutants #100 back in April of 1991 and since then has been featured in various comic book series; most notably, X-Force, which ran from 1991-2000.
Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about the X-Force:
**If you have yet to see Deadpool 2 or are currently reading The Uncanny X-Force series, potential SPOILERS ahead.**
15. Cable Was The Original Leader
In Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson is depicted as the leader and founder of the X-Force and while we loved every minute of it, the original founder is actually Cable. Initially, the team was known as the New Mutants, a team assembled by Professor Xavier and taught by Magento, but after they both left, Cable assumed the lead and renamed his squad the X-Force. The team was comprised of Cable, Meltdown, Shatterstar, Feral, Cannonball, Copycat and eventually, Domino. Interesting enough, having the ability to duplicate someone else’s appearance and abilities, Copycat tricked the X-Force into thinking that she was Domino for quite some time before her ruse was discovered. It wasn’t until Domino returned and informed the team of her kidnapping that Copycat was outed and forced to spill the beans.
Deadpool’s X-Force from Deadpool 2 featured Domino, Bedlam, Vanisher, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, and of course, the all-mighty Peter.
14. The Uncanny X-Force
Originally created by Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opena, The Uncanny X-Force is a 35-issue series that began in October 2010 and finished in 2013. Unlike previous iterations, Wolverine is the leader of the X-Force, which is made-up of Psylocke, Fantomex, Deadpool, and Archangel. The series featured a much darker tone than previous iterations, following the X-Force as they attempt to prevent the Age of the Apocalypse – by any means necessary.
Originally sanctioned by Cyclops, Wolverine’s band of mercenaries were known for doing the dirty work the X-Men couldn’t, but it wasn’t long before Summers got cold feet and ordered Wolverine to stand-down. As you might imagine, they didn’t comply.
13. Why is Hope Summers Such a Big Deal?
For those less familiar with comics, Hope Summers was the first mutant born after the events of M-Day, the day Earth’s mutant population was stripped of their powers at the hand of Scarlet Witch. Fearing that Hope would be kidnapped or possibly killed, the time-traveling Cable took Hope to the future and raised her as his own daughter. If you’ve seen Deadpool 2, you’ll remember Cable mentioning that he traveled back in time re-write history and prevent his daughter’s death.
Hope made her first appearance in the ‘Messiah Complex’ storyline of 2008, in X-Men issue #205. At this point, her abilities are still a little unknown but considering she destroyed Cerebro with a psionic pulse during her birth, it’s no wonder Cable up and took her to the future.
12. X-Force ‘s Debut In ‘Marvel vs Capcom 3’
Developed by Capcom in 2011 and released on both PlayStation the 3 and Xbox 360, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is a fighting video game featuring numerous characters from both Marvel Comics and various Capcom video games. At the time of its release, both Deadpool and Wolverine were members of the X-Force and seeing as they were in the game, the developers created alternate black and grey costumes popularized by The Uncanny X-Force series.
When playing arcade mode in the updated Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, if you beat Galactus using Deadpool, his ending has been changed to feature members of the X-Force.
11. What Are Domino’s Abilities?
In Deadpool 2, Domino describes her mutant ability as being “lucky”, and while that sounds ridiculous, when you see her in action it totally makes sense. She’s not just lucky, she’s capable of altering her surrounding probability field and telekinetically moving objects out of her way, making it practically impossible to be hit. Like Cable, Domino is the result of a government program known as Project: Armageddon, designed to create super soldiers.
Domino made her first appearance in New Mutants #98, along with future X-Force teammate, Deadpool, and many others. Knowing the New Mutants series was going to to be canceled and X-Force would take over, creators Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza used the last six issues of the New Mutants to feature new characters that could then be used in X-Force.
10. Deadpool vs The X-Force
Although Deadpool has been featured as a member of the X-Force on serial occasions, things didn’t always start off that way. In the early days, Deadpool was often written-in as a direct rival of Cable’s X-Force. Interestingly enough, the same man that hired Copycat to pose as Domino and collect intel, Tolliver, is the same man that hired Deadpool to assassinate Cable.
It wasn’t until 1993 that Deadpool really began to grow in popularity, starring in his first solo comic, titled Deadpool: The Circle Chase. Fans fell in love with how ridiculously hilarious his comics were, with constant fourth wall breaks. It’s not hard to see why the Merc with the Mouth became a such a fan favorite.
9. The X-Statix
Created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, X-Statix made their first appearance in the summer of 2001 in X-Force #116. The team was intended to replace the X-Force, as the previous team had been killed off, but what fans got was something much different. Milligan and Allred wanted to show how crazy society had become, so they created a team of media hungry superheroes whose main goal was to be rich and famous, reminiscent of The Boys, written by Garth Ennis.
Unlike most X-Force teams, X-Statix consisted of over 20 members, but following the tragic (but planned) events of the Boyz ‘R Us massacre, X-Statix consisted of U-Go Girl, Doop, Anarchist, Battering Ram, Gin Genie, La Nuit, Plazm, Sluk, and Zeitgeist. The series was canceled in 2004.
8. Cable and X-Force
After the whole Avengers vs. X-Men storyline had played out, Cable awoke to a world in chaos, so he decided to reassemble the X-Force. His new team consisted of Forge, Domino, Colossus, and Dr. Nemesis. The team was eventually forced to split up after a misunderstanding resulted in the team being blamed for a bunch of civilian deaths. While Domino and Colossus ran off and started a romance, Cable and Psylocke agreed to merge their respective teams.
Written by Dennis Hopeless and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, Cable & The X-Force ran February 2013 to March 2014, publishing a total of 19 issues.
7. Vanessa Carlysle is Copycat
The Deadpool films introduced Vanessa Carlysle as the loving girlfriend of Wade Wilson, but the comics paint a slightly different picture. According to the source material, Vanessa Carlysle is also known as Copycat, a mutant with the ability to transform her appearance, much like Mystique, though she’s also capable of taking on abilities of the person she transforms into. This explains how she was able to pass as Domino for so long without anyone knowing.
Introduced in the winter of 1991 in New Mutants #98, Copycat began as a spy working for Mr. Tolliver, but when she was asked to bomb the X-Force headquarters Vanessa refused, as she now cared for the team and was tired of taking orders.
6. Shatterstar’s Superpowered Parents
Cinematically introduced to the world as a member of the X-Force in Deadpool 2, Shatterstar a.k.a. Gaveedra-Seven was created by Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld in 1993 and made his first appearance as a member of the X-Force in New Mutants #99. He has superhuman strength, speed, and agility, as well as accelerated healing and the ability to create shockwaves and portals with his custom-made swords.
Shatterstar was born hundreds of years in the future on the bizarre planet of Mojoworld, a planet ruled by the spineless tyrant known as Mojo. Fabian was genetically engineered using the DNA of Dazzler and Longshot so that Mojo could raise him as a slave and star gladiator in this television programs. Longshot was once a prisoner of Mojo but escaped and traveled back in time to seek the help of the X-Men, where he met Dazzler.
5. Cable and Domino’s Unorthodox Relationship
Superhero relationships are nothing new but when you consider the circumstances of Cable and Domino’s relationship, it’s definitely one of the strangest. The two became involved during the early days of the X-Force but as mentioned above, when Copycat was relieved to be posing as Domino all along, the relationship ended.
In true comic fashion, shortly after returning to the team, the real Domino and Cable became close and eventually started seeing each other. Unfortunately, after Domino was captured during the Operation: Zero Tolerance crossover storyline, the romance was never rekindled, even after she was released.
4. What Side is Caliban On?
Those that have seen Logan will remember Caliban as the meek albino mutant with the ability to sense the whereabouts of nearby mutants, but what most don’t know is Caliban also appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse. In Logan, Caliban (Stephen Merchant) came across extremely weak and non-threatening, whereas in X-Men: Apocalypse he’s a creepy villain who uses his ability to track and locate mutants to assist Apocalypse, rather than for good.
After being rescued from the grips of Apocolypse’s Dark Riders by Cable, Caliban was asked to join the X-Force, and despite the team’s disapproval of Cable’s offer, Caliban accepted.
3. Daken Has Series Daddy Issues
The Uncanny X-Force series released in 2010 is an incredible read but it’s also quite dark. Unlike Cable’s squad, under Wolverine’s lead, the X-Force act like a group of assassins carrying out their missions in the shadows. Nobody is supposed to know about them, so when Wolverine’s estranged son, Daken, outed them to the world, the two went to war. After several brutal encounters and one regeneration, Wolverine succeeded in eliminating Daken by drowning him. That’s some dark stuff!
During his time in Japan, Wolverine married a woman named Itsu and together had a son, Akihiro a.k.a. Daken. Much like father, Daken has superhuman strength, speed, and agility, along with accelerated cellular regeneration.
2. The X-Force Spinoff
The X-Force made their cinematic debut in Deadpool 2, but what you may not know is that Fox has been planning on developing an X-Force movie for years. Despite Deadpool 2‘s use of the team, Fox is going through with the film, but other than Cable, Domino and of course Deadpool, Fox isn’t likely to use any of the other members featured in Deadpool 2. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll understand why that’s also kind of funny.
The untitled film has no release date yet and very little is known, but the word is Ryan Reynolds, writer/director Drew Goddard, and Simon Kinberg have discussed the film and details are being worked out.
1. A Young Apocalypse
In the Uncanny X-Force Series (which we highly recommend), Wolverine leads a team of mercenaries comprised of Archangel, Deadpool, Fantomex, and Psylocke. The main focus of volume one centers around the X-Force locating and assassinating a young Apocalypse who’s been resurrected in the form of a young child. Wolverine’s team adheres to few rules but killing children is not one of them, and as the task grows near, each member struggles to accept what must be done.
Those that grew up watching X-Men the animated series are well aware of Apocalypse’s raw strength, and it’s no secret that X-Men: Apocalypse did not portray the character in a way fitting of such a powerful villain. Thanos proved that antagonists like Apocalypse can work when they’re given as much attention as one of the heroes. We believe that if they reintroduce him in the rumored X-Force films, bringing Apocalypse back without the X-Men could be good for both parties.