If the success of the X-Men films and “Deadpool” has taught us anything, it’s that people really love to watch the X-Men on the big screen, even non comic book fans. Think about it, even the horrible entries in the series were hits: “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” made big bucks at the box office.
Over the last month “Deadpool” has proved an X-Men spinnoff can work, itf it stays true to the source material. In a couple of months we get “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which may or may not be the end of the Bryan Singer led film series. This is not the end of the X-Men movies of course, we’re getting a Deadpool sequel and the rumored X-Force and New Mutants flicks. But I don’t believe Bryan Singer has anything to do with those projects.
Anyways, if Apocalypse is truly the end of an era, then I have a few ideas for other X-Men films that 20th Century Fox should think about:
We got a little taste of Blink’s awesome abilities in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” I loved her, fans loved her, so why not bring her and a few of her friends to the big screen?
In the comics, The Exiles team originally consisted of Blink (Clarice Ferguson, from the Age of Apocalypse event), Mimic, Magnus Lensherr (son of Magneto and Rogue), Thunderbird, Nocturne (Talia Josephine “T.J.” Wagner, daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch), and Morph.
Over the course of the series, the team went through a multitude of line-ups with Morph and Blink remaining the only original Exiles. This could open the door to many other characters if the movie has sequels.
During the X-Men revolution of 1991, Marvel hired writer Peter David and artist Larry Stroman to reinvent X-Factor with new members. The all-new, all-different X-Factor worked for the Pentagon, and included:
Valerie Cooper – A U.S. government agent with history as both ally and adversary of the X-Men who becomes X-Factor’s government liaison.
Havok – A former X-Man and brother of Cyclops who can manipulate powerful, but hard to control, cosmic rays. Havok serves as X-Factor’s field leader.
Polaris – The daughter of Magneto, Havok’s long-time lover, and also a former X-Man who can control magnetism.
Quicksilver – The son of Magneto, the twin brother of the Scarlet Witch, and the paternal half-brother of Polaris who possesses super speed.
Multiple Man – He can create duplicates of himself.
Strong Guy – A wise-cracking character who can re-channel kinetic energy aimed at him, transforming it into muscular mass and power.
Wolfsbane – A Scottish, former New Mutant who can transform into a wolf-like creature.
The line-up changed over the years, even after Peter David left, so there’s plenty of characters to play with.
And, we’ve never seen the government angle in the X-Men movies, and if you read the Peter David run, then you know this X-Factor has a huge comedy angle that could deliver like “Guardians of the Galaxy” did.
Okay, first of all the title would need a change. Call it “Uncanny X-Men,” or “Astonishing X-Men. The point is, I was never a fan of the name, but I did enjoy the comic for the most part.
The X-Treme X-Men members were: Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Bishop, Sage (Tessa), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Psylocke, and Beast. Psylocke was killed off in the title early on, this pissed me off to no end, prompting me to write a very angry email to Marvel. But that’s another story for another time.
As long as the filmmakers keep Psylocke alive, X-Treme X-Men movie has a ton of potential. Plus, how cool would it be to see Storm leading her own team?
We’ve seen a a version of Rogue in the Bryan Singer movies. but that’s not the Rogue I remember from the comics.
The Rogue I enojoyed reading about was a powerful woman. She more than held her own, and although she was always careful with her power (at least after the Ms. Marvel incident), she wsn’t meek and mild like we’ve seen in the movies.
She also falls in love with Gambit and, eventually leads a team of her own. Plus, we’ve barely seen her use unique abilities on the big screen. Like for instance, why can’t she fly?
A Rogue solo movie could fix all of that, just find the right actress to pull it off, and please, no teenagers. This movie doesn’t have to be another origin story.
we’ll get our first official big screen introduction to the Psylocke in this year’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” How big her role is, we don’t yet know. But even if its only few scenes, I’m just glad my favorite X-Men is finally on the big screen.
The character has a complicated backstory, so I’m sure we’ll see a few changes from the comic. But that doesn’t mean Betsy’s story doesn’t deserve to be told in her own movie. And let’s not forget that Olivia Munn has already expressed interest in a solo adventure.
And if the Fox suits are worried that Olivia Munn isn’t ready for her own movie, think about this: cast her alongside one or two other X-Men. In the comics she’s been involved with Warren Worthington III (Archangel), Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), and Fantomex.
You can have one of them show up, or bring in another sword wielding X-Man like Shatterstar. Either way, just give me a Psylocke movie!