Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The X-Men You Haven’t Seen



As enjoyable as the Avengers was, that franchise needed a few stand alone films to put the team together. All the pieces of the Avengers are great films. But with the X-Men, we get the team from the start. It is a completely different dynamic. And it offers more opportunity for roster changes and tweaks on a more frequent basis. X-Men: Days of Future Past will bring Blink, Bishop, Warpath, Sunspot, and Quicksilver to the X-film universe. And there is still an entire world of mutants and other characters from the pages of the X-Men books that can potentially show up. Some may obviously require more CGI to pull off, but the results could be amazing. Here are my thoughts on which characters should be next on screen.

Cannonball
Sam Guthrie can create a blasting energy turning him into a human rocket. He is a founding member of The New Mutants and later, X-Force.  Sam has a habit of questioning his abilities but has proven to be powerful and effective as a member and leader of a few teams. He may also be an External, a mutant who is immortal.

Marrow
 
Once a villain and thought to have been killed by Storm, Marrow became a member of the X-Men and even a love interest of Cannonball. She can grow and extract extra bones from her body in forms that suit her needs. Typically she makes blades. Being healed from an injury in a Skrull medical pod streamlined her mutation, making her “prettier.” But she is known as an animalistic fighter, much like wolverine.

Sunfire
 
Shiro Yoshida can generate superheated plasma and create enough thrust to fly. His character is known to be temperamental, arrogant, and not much of a team player. I like him mainly because of the redesigned look he received during the Age of Apocalypse storyline and as one of Apocalypse’s horsemen.

Magik
 
Illyana Rasputin is the younger sister of Piotr “Peter” Raspuitin aka Colossus of the X-Men. There is a lot of complexity in her story involving alternate dimensions and time travel.  Her powers have not been defined as genetic mutant abilities or as a result of being kidnapped and raised in the demonic dimension, Limbo. In Limbo she is a powerful sorceress trained by a Storm from another dimension. While not in Limbo, she has limited control over magic and the ability to teleport through “stepping disks.” She can teleport in space and time using Limbo as a midway point. She wields the Soulsword, which she made with a piece of her own soul, which can disrupt magic and kill magical creatures. This is the simple version of her powers.

Some of these characters are more likely than others to appear. I’m betting that Magik and Cannonball have a decent chance of appearing on film due to an X-Force film possibly being in the works. And ans some may know, X-Force started out as The New Mutants which had Illyana and Sam as members as well as Sunspot who will soon make his debut.s

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