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Fox was kicking around the idea for an X-Force movie long before the resounding success of Deadpool—in fact, the project was first proposed before X-Men: Days Of Future Past had even premiered, let alone been the twinkle in Apocalypse’s eye. But with Deadpool 2 already in the works with a rumored appearance from Cable, interest in the film has resurged. Bryan Singer, director of practically all things X-Men, recently attested to the production’s progress, indicating that he’s pitched an X-Force film, which could feature a female Wolverine.

In an interview with Fandango, Singer discussed Wolverine’s “retirement plans,” which have presumably been spurred on by Hugh Jackman’s waxing-and-waning interest in the films. If Jackman really does decline to partially suit up as Logan again, Singer has proposed bringing the X-23 clone, who assumed the Wolverine mantle, into the fray. X-23, a.k.a Laura Kinney, made her debut in the animated series X-Men: Evolution before formally joining the Marvel comics universe. She was part of a Weapon X offshoot program, which gave her adamantium claws in her hands and feet. A highly-skilled assassin, X-23 eventually made her way onto X-Force’s black-ops team, with her fellow feral buddy Wolverine.

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Singer notes that the film is still in its early stages, with scripting duties now assigned to Simon Kinberg, who’s already said he wants to make this an R-rated movie. But he’s optimistic that the X-Men, X-Force, New Mutants, and Deadpool will eventually appear in one Avengers-esque film. Considering the New Mutants spin-off is also in development, with Maisie Williams playing Wolfsbane, that time doesn’t seem too far off.

[via IGN]