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X-Force Director Confirms Movie's Main Characters

Contains spoilers for Deadpool 2

X-Force gonna give it to ya. Well, only a few of the members are going to, actually. 

In Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson's super-duper X-Force group pulled the short end of the stick, with nearly every squad member facing an increasingly cruel fate after they finally assembled. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Vanisher (Brad Pitt), Zeitgest (Bill Skarsgård), and Peter (Rob Delaney) linked up in the cargo bay of a plane and jumped out in hopes of thwarting Cable's (Josh Brolin) nefarious plans. And then, save for Deadpool and Domino, the entire X-Force died — which raised a major question about the planned Deadpool spinoff movie, X-Force

With Shatterstar getting chopped up by helicopter blades, Bedlam smashing into a bus, Vanisher succumbing to an electro-fried death in a tangle of power lines, Zeitgest getting fed through a wood chipper (and Peter, in one scenario, dying trying to save his life), Deadpool 2 had everyone questioning which characters would make it into the X-Force film

Speaking with Entertainment WeeklyX-Force writer-director Drew Goddard revealed the film's main characters, confirming that his movie will center around Deadpool, Domino, and Cable – three characters he's loved since he was a child. 

"It really all stems from a place of love; I love those comics, I love Ryan, I love Josh, and I love Zazie Beetz," said Goddard. "When I think of the comics, I think of Cable and Domino and Deadpool, and it's really just knowing, 'Oh, right, there's a world in the X-Universe for the blunt instruments of mutantdom.' It's much more about the characters and my love for them than it is about any plot or story line. It's more about loving them and wanting to see them bounce off each other."

After reading the bloody mid-movie massacre scene, Goddard met with Reynolds to reassure him that he had a plan for the X-Force film, despite Deadpool 2 not offering him a perfectly clear path to continue the group's story. 

"To be honest, I think that's why it excited me so much," Goddard said, recalling his reaction to the sequence. "I remember reading that scene and just cackling with delight, specifically because it was the very last thing you'd expect to happen in one of these movies. These movies are so careful to set up the next thing and the next thing, and it made me so happy. One thing I said to Ryan was, 'Don't worry about it, we'll come up with new ideas; you guys go make your movie, and do your thing. We'll figure it out.'"

He added, "That tends to be the way I like to work. It's much more important to focus on making the movie that you're making than focusing on the next thing. It's much more important to just make one good movie and take your time, then let that dictate what the movies are after."

Goddard later stated that he's stoked to imbue the same R-rated rambunctiousness into his X-Force that Reynolds and co. did in both Deadpool and Deadpool 2. The creative gushed about Reynolds, calling him "one of the great talents of our time," and expressed his confidence in his plans for X-Force. "I trust that my love of these three will lead me someplace new," Goddard said. 

Though Deadpool 2 did feature a post-credits scene in which the Merc with a Mouth traveled back in time and saved Peter from his grisly death, Goddard didn't mention anything about the Sketchers-rocking dude appearing in X-Force. Fingers crossed he and his glorious mustache will at least make a cameo appearance.