People who follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would be in agreement that the Netflix TV shows are for the most part top-notch productions for being available only on streaming. The best among the series is accepted to be the first of them, “Daredevil” starring Charlie Cox. It's brutal fight scenes, and gritty, realistic grounding was highly praised in reviews, attributed to showrunner Drew Goddard who has steered the series through two seasons. While Season 3 of “Daredevil” will not be until 2018, Goddard will find himself remaining quite busy with Marvel superheroes, after Fox tapped him for directing “X-Force,” the sequel to the in-filming “Deadpool 2.”

From MCU to Fox

After the runaway success of the original 2016 "Deadpool" film, which was the twistedly inspired brainchild of the lead star and executive producer Ryan Reynolds, Fox is a bit more confident about hyping up “Deadpool 2.” The sequel has Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Reynolds), the disfigured but self-regenerating and medium-aware Merc with the Mouth joining forces with two other Marvel characters that have been linked to him at various times in the comics.

These include the probability-affecting mutant Domino (Zazie Beetz) and the cyborg future warrior Cable (Josh Brolin). At least Cable and Deadpool have been slated to be part of a team sequel “X-Force,” with Drew Goddard coming in as both writer and director.

This new assignment for Goddard comes right on the heels of another directing job he has under Fox, his own written feature “Bad Times at the El Royale” starring Chris Hemsworth (“Thor” and its sequels) and Jeff Bridges (“Iron Man”). Said film would also be executively produced by him, and once it is wrapped up, he will proceed immediately to working on “X-Force.” Said movie comes of course after “Deadpool 2,” continuing the story of Fox’s very own Marvel Universe on film, centered on the X-Men and all mutant characters.

Other X-Movies

The 20Th Century FoxX-Men” film franchise was the first major cinematic universe featuring Marvel superheroes, until Marvel Studios and later Disney launched the lucrative MCU franchise using comic book characters whose movie rights have remained with Marvel itself. This has led to a rivalry of sorts between MCU and X-Men on Fox, due to legalese preventing Marvel from regaining the X-Film rights as long as Fox keeps making new movies.

Although “X-Force” is set to come sometime after “Deadpool 2,” that movie’s screenwriter Rhett Reese says that little sequel set up is being made between the two films. Their intent is to show “Deadpool 2” as a standalone tale equal to its predecessor. No release date has yet been set by Fox for Drew Goddard’s “X-Force” movie. On the other hand, the studio will hit 2018 with no less than three X-franchise films, “New Mutants” on April 13, “Deadpool 2” on July 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on November 2.