With the success of The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, other studios have understandably gotten jealous and seen how they can capitalize on the success of a cohesive superhero universe of their own. Warner Brothers obviously has a hold on the Justice League and all those characters, but Fox said that theyd like to also do a cohesive universe. The problem with that is that while both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, the two properties they hold the licenses to, are both Marvel properties, they dont lend themselves as well to a cohesive universe feel as the Avengers or the Justice League. But one thing the X-Men license does have is a whole lot of characters. Hundreds, in fact. And the X-brand got so popular in the 80s and 90s that it saw the release of a number of spin-off titles featuring teams composed of lesser-known characters, titles such as Excalibur, X-Factor, Generation X, the New Mutants and its successor, X-Force. Recently, Fox made a surprise announcement that an X-Force film is in development. The question, of course, is which X-Force? The team has been applied to a number of different groupings, but creator Rob Liefeld stated on Twitter that it was his version. Which Im fine with, X-Force may not have gotten off to the greatest start, but over time, it evolved into an underrated gem of the Marvel Universe.
Percival Constantine is the author of several novels and short stories, including the Vanguard superhero series, and regularly writes and comments on movies, comics, and other pop culture. More information can be found at his website, PercivalConstantine.com