‘Watchmen’ Series Creator Damon Lindelof Wants A Crack At The MCU – Why Not Let Him Tackle An ‘X-Force’ or ‘Alpha Flight’ Series?

While speaking with Fandom, Watchmen series creator Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) revealed that he’d be interested in doing something in the television realm concerning the Marvel Cinematic Universe, citing how “experimental” WandaVision is and even suggests a future interest in Star Wars as well. 

LINDELOF: “I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental,” he says. “Some of the things that I’ve seen for Wandavision, for example, just feel like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting somewhere’. Particularly in a television space.”

“And, at some point, but certainly not in the immediate future, I feel like I would love to do something in the Star Wars universe. Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.”

There are plenty of characters/teams that could be interesting such as tackling potential Multiverse teams like Squadron Supreme (rumored to be getting some sort of project), Agents of Atlas (Jimmy Woo already introduced), an MCU reboot of The Inhumans, and possibly something set in the X-Men universe. 

The latter might be more attractive given how important the X-Men stuff will be to Marvel in the not too distant future given the expansive nature of the mutants and how many splitter teams there are.  

Here is a rundown of the various X-Men teams that could be explored in series or films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

  • X-Men
  • New Mutants
  • X-Force
  • Alpha Flight
  • The Starjammers
  • Shi’ar Empire
  • The Imperial Guard
  • Excalibur 
  • The Morlocks
  • X-Factor
  • Hellfire Club
  • Brotherhood of Mutants
  • Marauders 
  • Exiles 
  • Generation X
  • Externals

It opens the door for even more crossovers, solo adventures, and spinoffs than even 20th Century was even considering before the merger. 

Axed feature film projects like Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man, Gambit, X-Force, and James Mangold’s Logan spinoff Laura (reworked simply to an X-23 project) could all get series adaptations as well if Marvel decides to resurrect them either on Disney+ or a mature platform like HULU and FX. 

I think that Lindelof would be given a little more wiggle-room creatively with stuff like X-Force and Alpha Flight. 

Alpha Flight is the more obscure roster with a group of Canadian mutants supported and funded by the Canadian government. This would also have very little baggage/expectations while being still able to bring in known X-Men members like Wolverine (connected to both teams). 

X-Force could be something for older audiences leading to Marvel Studios making X-Men shows for Hulu/FX, X-Force being a perfect candidate for that given the team gravitates towards more violent missions and also has Deadpool among their ranks. 

Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) had been tasked to write and direct an X-Force feature film, but it remains to be seen if that project will ever see the light of day. 

A wouldn’t rule-out a Starjammers, a cosmic team led by Cyclops’ father Corsair. That could be a series allowing Marvel Studios to explore the cosmic side of the MCU with a scale similar to Lucasfilm’s Mandalorian. 

I’m sure other people have equally interesting thoughts on other projects Damon should be given access to, I just believe X-Men could be a really good fit for him. 

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