In light of the recent news that Channing Tatum has been taped to play Gambit in an upcoming X-Men spinoff film, we here at RecentlyHeard.com thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of the X-Men film’s lesser emphasized mutants who we think deserve a chance at their own films. While they’re clearly fan favourites, they’ve yet to play huge roles, if any role at all, in the X-Men films to date.
We also won’t mention that there have been no X-Men solo films announced for women, other than the rumoured possibility of a Mystique spinoff film.
If you think you’ve hard a hard life, just compare it to that of X-23’s. She was cloned from Wolverine’s damaged DNA and raised to be the ultimate killing machine. Eventually, however, she found the X-Men and, with the help of Wolverine, has begun to turn her life around. X-23 has many of Wolverine’s abilities, including the retractable claws and accelerated healing factor. I mean, there are plenty of hard luck stories out there right now, especially in film. Why not give them a dose of superpowers?
Though Mystique has been in every single X-Men film to date, we’ve never been given a solid glimpse into her past – unless of course you count that of X-Men: First Class. But what about all that in between time? She’s a shapeshifter who’s basically a lethal weapon, especially with all of those incredibly acrobatic moves. We also got to see a much more vulnerable and innocent side of her when she was portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence.
A mutant with the power to literally suck the life right out of you? Who can’t make any skin to skin contact because she’ll kill you? Come on! That’s a great movie. Anna Paquin as Rogue was featured in the first three X-Men film and will make a cameo in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. But, is that enough? There’s so much more that could be explored with Rogue, especially with material taken directly from the comics. I’d also like to say that, given Rogue’s stature in the X-Men universe, I think her overall role in the films was seriously underplayed and I’m almost offended.
A mutant who looks like a circus creature, with no way of concealing it like his mother Mystique, Nightcrawler has been subjected to a life of ridicule and torment because he doesn’t look like everyone else. Ironically, he was raised in a circus, after being abandoned as a baby, and quickly became its star performer. Combine his life story with the fact that he can teleport, and you’ve got yourself a blockbuster on your hands. Plus, there’s so much back story about his parents that would make for a great plot point throughout the film.
5) Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch is one of the more powerful mutants. She possesses mutant abilities that resemble that of a witch casting spells. As a child, she lost control of her abilities and accidentally killed her adoptive mother. She’s also the daughter of Magneto and the twin sister of Quicksilver. Plenty of drama to go around, wouldn’t you say?
Kitty Pryde is that mutant that I think everyone takes for granted. We all love her, surely, but when it comes down to it, she’s constantly overlooked. Perhaps her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past will change all of that, but until I see it for myself, I’ll dream of a Shadowcat stand alone film – one that includes her learning the true extent of her abilities, her time training with Wolverine, and her amazing romance with Colossus.
I would say that Storm, arguably, has the most interesting history of any of her fellow X-Men. Born to an American father and an African princess mother, Storm was born in America but raised in Egypt. When she was a child, a plane crash destroyed her home, leaving her trapped under the rubble. Storm developed a serious case of claustrophobia. She was lead into a life of crime and trained as a pick-pocket. She eventually made her way to her ancestors’ homeland on the Serengeti Plain in Kenya where she was worshiped as a goddess because of her abilities to control the weather. If all of that doesn’t SCREAM solo film, then I don’t know what does!