When the movie you’re inheriting as the launching point for a franchise spinoff takes your essential raw materials and does the hilariously unthinkable, how do you even set up what might come next?
**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for Deadpool 2 below**
Deadpool 2 may have killed off most of the X-Force only moments after they’d literally gotten off the ground, but Goddard says he still loves the infamous helicopter parachuting scene that made bloody mincemeat of everyone but Deadpool and Domino. So what if taking everybody out set up all kinds of open-ended questions for fans who came to love (however briefly) characters like Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, and especially everyone’s favorite everyman, Peter?
“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,” Goddard recently told Entertainment Weekly. “These movies are so careful to set up the next thing and the next thing, and it made me so happy.”
For Goddard, playing with fan expectations is a feature, not a bug, and it’s one he’s excited about using to good effect as the X-Force creative team begins concocting the plot for their own movie. In keeping with Deadpool 2’s irreverent disregard for convention, Goddard’s not too worried about improvising a new X-Force story.
“One thing I said to Ryan [Reynolds] 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 explained. “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.”
While that still leaves us wondering whether some of Deadpool 2’s assembly of X-Force talent (or lack thereof) will magically reanimate for the spinoff, Goddard confirmed that Josh Brolin’s Cable, along with Zazie Beetz’ Domino and, of course, Reynold’s Deadpool himself, are definitely the glue that will hold the X-Force movie together.
“It really all stems from a place of love; I love those comics, I love Ryan, I love Josh, and I love Zazie Beetz,” he said, adding that bringing any X-Force ensemble together successfully will be “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.”
Reynolds has jokingly referred to most of the members killed off in Deadpool 2 as the “fake X-Force,” inviting fans to speculate that Goddard’s new movie may be in no hurry to bring most of the original team back from the dead. Add to that Goddard’s name-checking of Domino and Cable as sure bets for the X-Force movie, and it’s anybody’s guess whether the rest of the squad will get a second lease on life anytime soon.
It may not be until the X-Force movie hits theaters (presumably in 2019) until we’ll know for sure. As the trailer for Deadpool 2 made hilariously clear with its footage of an alive-and-well X-Force kicking all the ass they never got to kick in the actual movie, you can’t trust the marketing breadcrumbs — especially when you’re living in Deadpool's bizarro universe.