With Hugh Jackman not reprising his role as Wolverine it is time for a massive shift in the X-Men Universe. Their new TV shows such as Legion and Gifted as well as the two most recent movies in the universe Logan and to an extent the original Deadpool it is clear they are going for a more down to earth style of story in this new phase.
Recently Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld said that an X-Force movie was the “inevitable next step,” and we are due to get an introduction to the X-Force in Deadpool 2 later this month.
So is this the shift that they will take once the X-Men franchise moves into Disneys hands and joins the rest of the Marvel comics under the watchful eye of Mickey Mouse? I think itd be a good move. Deadpool is by far the most mainstream hero in the X-Men universe besides the now deceased Wolverine, so it only makes sense that he would be the lead on this new line of movies.
The problem they would run into is the R vs PG-13 argument. Putting Deadpool in a PG-13 movie would be hard to pull off, but to make movies widely popular and make the most amount of money on your franchise (again, Mickey Mouse) you need to be in that PG-13 range.
I really enjoy the new direction of the X-Men universe, with more down to earth stories instead of the normal world saving antics of superheros. I don’t know if Deadpool fits into this new universe as well as most would like him to, but I’m more sold on him being a character to bring people into this new phase and shifting into a different leader for the X-Force and keeping Deadpool as a one off movie kind of character.