Truth told, X-Men: Apocalypse probably hasn’t even gotten to the first-draft screenplay stage, but that’s not stopping us from imagining what could be. We’ve plumbed the depths of our comic geek hearts to figure out which seven characters should definitely appear on screen as the X-Men face down their biggest enemy yet.
As TheInquisitr already reported, Apocalypse, the villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, will be the toughest one the X-Men have faced to date. That means a big movie with a big villain, and that likely means an even bigger cast than director Bryan Singer managed in X-Men: Days of Future Past. We’ll admit, we were a bit skeptical when we saw that Days of Future Past was going to feature a smorgasbord of superheroes, but seeing Singer bring Blink, Sunspot, and Quicksilver to life gave us tons of hope for the future of the franchise.
Tons of hope… and tons of ideas.
Now, Singer hasn’t returned any of our calls, texts, emails, carrier pigeons, or telepathic dispatches, so we can’t give away any plot details from the next X-Men flick, but decades of X-Men comic reading have given us an expert opinion on just who should be popping up in Apocalypse. A few of these have already appeared in previous X-Men movies, but we feel they got the short shrift.
X-Men: Apocalypse – Seven Characters We Want To See In The Next Big Mutant Movie
Mohawk Storm (Played by Lupita Nyong’o)
Mohawk Storm is The Best Storm. This is beyond dispute. Since X-Men Apocalypse will be set in the 80s, Mohawk Storm is perfect, since that’s when this version of the character debuted, and we can only hope Singer will feel the same. Storm’s largely been a bystander in the previous X-Men movies, with her most memorable act being a demonstration of “what happens when a Toad gets struck by lightning.” Yawn. Here’s hoping that that the Wind Rider gets a bit more to do when up against the Apocalypse.Also, drop Halle Berry and cast Lupita Nyongo as Ororo. Halle’s great, but she is not, has never been, and never will be Storm. This, too, is indisputable.
Angel also appeared in a previous X-Men movie, The Last Stand, but we won’t count that because 1- It was X-Men: The Last Stand, which was terrible, and 2- because Angel is generally terrible.Warren Worthington sucks as a character. He’s rich, and he flies. That’s about it. Fortunately, X-Men: Apocalypse gives us the perfect opportunity to change that. See, Apocalypse once took Angel and gave him blue skin and metal wings. He then turned the formerly lame X-Man into one of his Four Horsemen, but Angel soon broke free and took the name Archangel to signify that it gets no cooler than blue skin and razor wings, because that is a true statement.One could even have Angel’s fall and reascension play into the Apocalypse plot. We know you’re listening, Singer, answer our faxes.
This one’s a bit more obscure, but we think he’s almost certainly a lock to pop up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Ozymandias is Apocalypse’s right-hand man, a once-mighty warlord that’s now enthralled to En Sabah Nur.There’s not much else to know, except for two things. 1- You know it would be awesome to see a dude made of stone throwing down against, say, Colossus, and 2- He’d get to say “Look on His works, Ye Mighty, and despair,” and that would be somewhere beyond awesome.
Dazzler’s another character perfect for X-Men Apocalypse because she’s straight out of the 1980s. Allison Blaire can transmute sound into lasers and light and stuff, which would make for some awesome scenes of… Okay, we don’t know where the awesome would come in, but wouldn’t it be great if one of the people needed to take down Apocalypse was a washed-up former disco star performing parlor tricks with her powers to get enough money for blow? We made that part about cocaine up, but it would be terrific, no?
If you’re bringing Dazzler back, Longshot is kind of a must. He’s not really a mutant – he was genetically engineered by Mojo to entertain the residents of an alternate universe where… you know what? Nevermind. – but he fits in with the X-Men just fine, because they’re all misfits.Longshot, we’re imagining, would fit about the same role as Quicksilver did in Days of Future Past: He would bring The Heavy Awesome. That one scene where Quicksilver kicks much tail? Imagine that with a guy whose power is “everything just somehow goes right for him.” Yeah, we know. This needs to happen.
So, we’ve got Apocalypse, Ozymandias, and the Four Horsemen rounding out our list of villains for the next X-Men flick, but why not add just one more. Mr. Sinister is alternately a rival and a partner to Apocalypse, and the twisted scientist would make a good fit for a movie where En Sabah Nur is the main threat.Sinister, too, is obsessed with “fitness,” much in the way Apocalypse is, so he could fit in just perfectly with the theme of the movie. He’s also got some wicked powers that would translate awesomely to the big screen. Think T-1000 crossed with Powder or Michael Jackson.
Bring Nightcrawler back, Singer. You’re just a bad person if you don’t.That’s pretty much all we’ve got to say about that one, but that leaves this entry a bit short. So, here’s a bit of trivia:Did you know that Mystique is Nightcrawler’s deadbeat mother? Now you do. And knowing is half the battle. Now, if you can figure out what “knowing a bunch of comic trivia” is half the battle for, please do let us know.
All this isn’t to say that the movie should focus on just these characters. Quite the contrary, we think Singer’s actually done an okay job of juggling multiple characters’ storylines, so it’s not too hard to imagine that these seven could see supporting roles in a movie that will inevitably be all about Wolverine, Mystique, Magneto, and Xavier dealing with the 1980s.
After seeing how well Singer juggled all-action roles for Blink and others in the most recent X-Men film – they were great action on screen, not great characters – we’d love to see X-Men: Apocalypse give some of the other mutants a bit more run on the screen.
Don’t get us wrong: we love Wolverine as much as you do – probably more, since we’ve been reading comics for about three decades now – but Logan’s been the star in six out of seven X-Men related films, and maybe it’s time for someone else to get a bit of shine. We’re pulling for Dazzler… because of the light thing. See: shine, light? Yeah? Yeah.
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