Deadpool was not just a way of making R-rated comic book adaptations cool again, it happened to serve as the introductory salvo for an upcoming franchise for Marvel. With the second installment of the Ryan Reynolds action comedy back in production following the tragic and sudden death of stunt driver Jo Harris, all systems are go for another sequel/spinoff in the form of X-Force.
According to Deadline, this project has secured 42-year old Houston native Drew Goddard to direct the title. Given an established working relationship with Reynolds and Marvel in the past, this appears to be a safe bet for a movie that will pack in a lot of material and characters.
Goddard a Directing Novice, But Knows His Marvel Comic Books
Introducing Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) into the mix for Deadpool 2, the inclusion of these X-Force heroes have been preempted ahead of time for the 2018 installment. This will allow Goddard the luxury and flexibility not to have to tell their origin story as well as those of other members.
The filmmaker's work in Hollywood has generally revolved around the screenwriting process, penning scripts for Cloverfield, World War Z, The Martian and Deadpool 2. His only directorial job to date has been the 2012 horror The Cabin in the Woods, using that experience as a springboard to be a key writer and executive producer for Marvel's Netflix series Daredevil.
JLaw: I Couldn't Walk Away From Mystique Now
Another Marvel property that is making strides is X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This title will see a number of heavy hitters reprise their roles when production kicks off in 2018, including that of Jennifer Lawrence.
Despite there being a suggestion that the actress was to abandon the character at the end of her contract with X-Men: Apocalypse, she told Digital Spy that she has unfinished business for the anti-hero.
"My contract was up, I didn't have to do another one, but if I didn't do another one, what would her story be?" she rhetorically asked. "I felt like I owed it to the fans, and I owed it to the character to follow her journey, to be fair to the movies, and not be like, 'I don't want to do another X-Men!' And then I just never show up and everyone's very confused about the Mystique they've been following for the last three films."
Lawrence has earned plaudits for her part in the psychological thriller Mother!, a movie that has scored 5-star reviews in some quarters. She explained that she took part in a cinematic viewing and even though she knew the story, the screening was frightening.
"I saw the movie last night with an audience," she said. "And I'm in the movie – I know everything that happens, it's me, so I know everything's okay, and I was clutching my chest, grabbing arms, closing my eyes. It's really, really assaulting, I was really shaking when I left the movie, and I was like, 'What have we done? What have we unleashed?'"