With the arrival of Deadpool 2‘s “official” trailer (that is, one that’s only about 15% meta-comedy and in-jokes), something else has also been confirmed. Deadpool is, indeed, pulling together the misfits of the X-Men world and shaping them into X-Force. It’s not a dream sequence or expensive joke just for the trailer! But what the heck is X-Force, exactly?
For that, fire up a little “Rush, Rush” to get in the mood and let’s go back to 1991. Launched by Rob Liefeld, one of the hottest artists in comics at the time, X-Force was formed out of the ashes of The New Mutants, Marvel’s collection of hip, teen mutants. Liefeld’s newly created badass, Cable, took over the team and molded them into sort of a superheroic Navy SEALs who would proactively go after threats to mutantkind, most notably the Mutant Liberation Front led by Stryfe, who is a clone of Cable. After Liefeld left to start his own Extreme Universe, with swearing and a jarred penis, the book was variously reinvented over the years. But the idea of a focused, morally flexible strike force seems to be what Deadpool 2 is riffing on here.
So who are these people? Fox is keeping much of that under wraps, but there are a few heroes we’ve seen in action.