In The 'Deadpool' Comics, The X-Force Is Totally Different Than In The Movie

The latest X-Men adjacent film from Fox is Deadpool 2, and while the film continues its predecessor's tradition of mocking the universe-building prevalent in other superhero movies, it also engages in quite a bit of of super team construction of its own. The film introduces the X-Force, a superhero team that already has its own spinoff movie in the works, but it's quite a bit different from the X-Force in the Deadpool comics that fans already know and love. The film version sees Deadpool put together a team consisting of Domino, Shatterstar, Bedlam, and, uh, Peter, and it's a fun superhero team for sure, but outside of sharing a few members, it doesn't bear a huge resemblance to the X-Force teams of the comics.

There have been many incarnations of X-Force since the first team debuted in 1991, but they can essentially be boiled down to two distinct variations. The first was nothing more than just another X-Men team, more or less. In the '80s and especially in the '90s, the X-Men were by far the most popular comic in Marvel's stable, and as a result the original team received numerous spinoff teams such as Excalibur and X-Factor. The first was the New Mutants, a team made up of younger mutants who were basically X-Men in training — and who also have their own separate movie in the works.

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After debuting in 1982 and appearing throughout the decade, the New Mutants popularity waned until 1990 when the character Cable, a time-traveling warrior, was introduced as their new leader and mentor. The team soon underwent an "extreme" '90s redesign, swapping out a few members for new, grittier characters like Domino and Shatterstar and officially becoming X-Force in 1991. This X-Force team, led by Cable and made up mostly of former New Mutants characters, wasn't too different from a standard X-Men team; with the exception of some characters' use of guns and their very '90s attitude (they were totally radical). Their self-titled series sold well, and they were extremely popular in the years following their debut. Eventually, however, they suffered from being a product of their time, and the series was unsuccessfully retooled in 2001 as a bizarre reality star-focused team (it was the early 2000s!) before being canceled the following year.

In 2008, the X-Force name was revived, but as an entirely different team than before. This version was a secret black ops team founded by the X-Men's leader, Cyclops, as a way to deal with threats in ways the X-Men themselves couldn't. Basically, he made them so they could secretly kill bad guys. This group was made up of more morally wishy-washy characters, like Wolverine and X-23, while still bringing back a couple of the more ferocious members of the original X-Force, like Domino. It was this version of X-Force that eventually counted Deadpool as a member, though the character had frequently tussled with the original group as well in the '90s.

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After a while, Cable returned and formed his own old school X-Force, while the black ops X-Force also continued, meaning that for a short time, there were two X-Forces in operation in the Marvel Comics universe. These two teams eventually became one in 2014 under the simple banner of X-Force, but the new series lasted just 15 issues before being canceled. There hasn't been another X-Force comic since.

Given the many changes over the history of X-Force, different fans will have different ideas of what an X-Force team should look like on film. Some will favor Cable training a group of young mutants to be warriors, while others will prefer a group of hardened assassins going on controversial missions. Deadpool 2 takes elements from both versions to create its own version of X-Force, and Fox is likely to continue to blaze its own path when creating their upcoming X-Force movie.