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Comic Countdown #77: X-Force Assemble

Posted on July 14, 2013 AT 08:40pm

Welcome to Comic Countdown #76, everyone! With the news trickling through that an X-Men spin-off film is in the works once again. This time, the mutant wet-works crew X-Force  is getting the rumored title,  with one of the many incarnations getting the roles of the team in question, or likely, some combination of the more popular characters in the various crews. With that, let’s take a look at ten of the more popular members of X-Force that would be cool to include in the film.

#10: Colossus

While he’s a new member to the X-Force family, Peter Rasputin is an X-Men veteran, a man shattered and being rebuilt after his dealings with the Phoenix Force and oh, he’s also the Juggernaut. While he’s still green on his team with Cable in Cable & X-Force, he’s a beloved character who needs more screen time in the X-Men franchise, making him a good fit for this film.

#9: Fantomex

Fantomex is a a weird guy, but he and his ship E.V.A. were essential to the campaign of the lastUncanny X-Force(prior to the relaunch) team, so if members of that team are included, it would be fair to give the odd man a shot. Barring his most recent split into several other personalities, of course (that’s for an entire separate film, if not just for the comics).

#8: Forge

One of the few Native American characters featured in X-Men history, Forge is a later member of X-Force where his ability to create nearly anything comes in handy, for certain. He’s been around for a long time for readers, and like Colossus, while he may not have been on the team long, a character such as himself has earned himself a place on this roster.

#7:  Psylocke

Betsy Braddock has been on the last two incarnations of the X-Force teams, and her presence in an X-Men franchise film has been asked for since the first film was made. Her lasting impression on the X-Men world is well felt, and while her history is complicated, her appearance in X-Force shouldn’t be. Also: a psychic katana is pretty badass.

#6: Deadpool

A fan favorite, Deadpool was one one of the more recent incarnations of the team, and was well loved for his general penchants for murder and insanity. That, paired with his long-standing run with X-Force founder Cable and the rabid clamoring for more film versions of the character, and this looks like a home run. As long as the X-Men Origins: Wolverine version is nowhere to be found, things should be okay.

#5: Archangel

Well known for his position as Angel on the original X-Men, Archangel is the poisoned Horsemen of Death that replaced the Angel for a long time after a nasty run-in with the tyrant Apocalypse. With razor wings and a massive personality disorder, this could be an interesting character to put on a team full of already unstable mutants.

#4: Wolverine

This is an obvious choice, not only because he’s cool with killing people or because he’s worked on the team, but also because of major marketing opportunities. Wolverine is an established name in the movie industry, with the success of not only the X-Men film franchise but also with his own origins film (opinions not withstanding). Adding in that he’s also a former X-Force member, this is a home run and will make it easier for fans who aren’t as familiar with the team to get excited about this film.

#3: Warpath

He’s been a long-standing member of the X-Force from the very beginning, and leaving this integral character out of the team would be a bit silly. He’s been in more issues of the team’s books than anyone, including X-Force founder Cable, and by a wide margin. Warpath has been in nearly 150 issues of X-Force, and up until the second-most recent incarnation through Uncanny X-Force , he’d been on each team at some point in time. This is a guy who has put in the time and the effort, earning his spot on the team more than anyone.

#2: Domino

It would be really difficult to feature a movie with Cable and X-Force without including Neena Thurman. Domino is essential to the telling of a proper X-Force tale, as her role in not only the life of the team but of it’s leader is so large that it’s impossible to ignore. She is currently a leading member of Cable & X-Force, and her presence throughout the generations makes it unlikely that she won’t be included.

#1: Cable

X-Force is nothing without it’s time-traveling future soldier leader, Nathan Dayspring Aksani’son Summers, also known as the mutant Cable. He is the face, the heart, the soul and the absolute driving force behind this team. The leader of the original incarnation and several others, this is his group to lead, now and forever. There is absolutely no way they would ever make an X-Force film without Cable, no matter who was cast as other members. X-Force is Cable, and vice-versa, plain and simple.

That’s it for this week! Hopefully everyone is getting excited about the future of the X-Force film! The Countdown will be on hiatus next week for San Diego Comic-Con, so be sure to check back in two weeks for a wrap-up from the big show!

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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