5 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Solo Movie

Sunday, 21 June 2015 - 1:13PM
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Sunday, 21 June 2015 - 1:13PM
5 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Solo Movie
The new Gambit movie is coming whether we asked for it or not (Gambit is well-known and well-liked by some fans, while many consider him a garish symbol of 90s comic excess), and it suggests a new strategy for 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise moving forward. Gambit will be the first non-Wolverine solo X-Men film (unless you count the upcoming Deadpool, but he's not a mutant nor is he really an X-Man), but it certainly won't be the last. Here are 5 other X-Men characters we'd like to see get their own shot at a movie. 

Storm


Storm is one of the most popular X-Men, and with good reason. She's been a consistent member of the team for 40 years, and has served as the team's leader on a number of occasions. We've of course already seen her portrayed on screen in four X-Men movies, but she has been criminally underused every time with no character development, seemingly serving no purpose other than to stand around in the background and shoot lightning once in a while. Storm was also the first black female superhero, debuting in 1975, and it could be argued that she remains today the most famous superhero of color, period. So her starring in her own movie would go a long way toward leveling the playing field for women and minorities in comic book movies. 


Magneto


Magneto is the X-Men's greatest foe, but he's also had several tenures as a member, sometimes even as the team's leader. He's a fascinating character with complex motivations and methods, and his backstory and power set are second to none. He has been the best part of pretty much every X-Men movie so far, so why not give him his own spinoff? Seriously, is there anyone who didn't think Magneto hunting Nazis in South America was the best part of X-Men: First Class? Fox was actually pursuing a Magneto standalone film at one point before canceling the project. We think it's time they gave it another look. 


Nightcrawler


The thing about most of the X-Men is, they work best when they're on a team. On their own? Not so much. Would anyone want to watch a movie starring Colossus or Iceman? Probably not. Even Cyclops, the quintessential X-Man, would struggle mightily to not bore viewers to death when left on his own. But Nightcrawler is different. He has an interesting origin story that would be an interesting twist on the superhero genre. Nightcrawler is deeply religious, but looks like a demon, and because of his appearance he was hunted down by the villagers in the small German village where he's from. We're thinking this could play like a classic monster movie, but with a comic book twist thanks to his heroic tendencies and teleporting abilities. Too bad the name is already taken. 


Namor

 

Namor the Sub-Mariner has been around for a really long time. Like 1939, Marvel Comics #1 long. So we'd say a movie for this particular Marvel relic is long overdue. During his 70 plus years in the comics, Namor has been a solo hero, a villain, an Avenger, a Defender, a member of the Fantastic Four, and, most recently, an X-Man. He's also the king of Atlantis, which would make for an entertaining movie regardless of how it's spun. He could portray a hero entering our world and finding his way, a fish out of water if you will (sorry), or he could launch an invasion against land-dwellers for polluting his home, as he is wont to do. He's powerful, has a temper, and often finds himself conflicted between two worlds. Like Superman if he wasn't such a goodie goodie. We know we're already getting a movie from DC Comics based on their similar hero, Aquaman, but come on. Namor is so much cooler. 


Longshot


We admit, a movie based on this character is a bit of a long shot (sorry again), but hear us out. Longshot is an alien mutant (didn't know that was a thing, did you?) from the Mojoverse, a planet where everyone is obsessed with a vicious reality TV show where people fight to the death. Think The Running Man but in outer space. Sounds awesome, right? But it gets better. Longshot has the power to create his own luck. This probability-altering power literally has endless potential for how it could be implemented, so the only restrictions on the film are the creative talents of its writers. A Longshot movie could be an excellent sci-fi thriller if done right, and could continue to expand the genre of what a superhero movie can be.
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