The 'X-Men' franchise has generally been kind to 20th Century Fox, with its massive stable of mutant superheroes leading to hits like 'X2' and 'X-Men: First Class.' However, it looks like the studio is looking to expand its horizons a bit and cast a spotlight on a corner of their share of the Marvel Universe that has been neglected so far. Are you ready for an 'X-Force' movie?

X-Men Films, Fox has registered, suggesting that they have plans for the edgy mutant superhero team. If that isn't enough to convince you that the project is currently being developed, 'X-Force' creator Rob Liefeld chimed in on the matter, essentially confirming that there is at least some truth to this speculation:

People love the 'X-Men' movies, but Hugh Jackman has made it clear that he won't be playing Wolverine forever and that the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' could possibly be his final appearance as the character. In order to keep the brand alive, Fox needs to cut the Wolverine umbilical and explore other notable characters. Considering that the X-Force is home to fan-favorite superheroes like Cable and, in more recent editions, Deadpool, it feels like the right choice.

Of course, comic neophytes are probably wondering what the heck the X-Force is and, unfortunately, the answer isn't too simple. They were originally created as second mutant team that fought alongside (and occasionally against) the X-Men, employing rougher, darker tactics than the flagship team. Over the years, they've evolved and changed with the times. Writer Rick Remender's acclaimed run turned them into a Black Ops team who secretly and violently dealt with problems that the X-Men couldn't. Currently, the team is composed of wanted mutant antiheroes who fight together while evading the law (just like the A-Team).

If Fox moves ahead with an 'X-Force' movie, we'll surely get to hear all about it when the time is right.