The big story swirling around X-Men: Apocalypse this week was the possible recasting of classic on-screen X-Men heroes Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm – riffing on screenwriter Simon Kinberg’s comments that the time frame of the upcoming sequel (it’s set in the 1980s) would demand younger versions of the characters we’ve grown accustomed to. With all due respect to Halle Berry, James Marsden and Famke Janssen, enough is enough. The X-Men series has leaned hard on the founding members of Marvel’s mutant team, placing them front and center for multiple X-Men movies. The time has come to move on.

As the prequel movies – both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past -- taught us, inventive personifications of new mutants (no pun intended) can capture an audience’s imagination and lead to the creation of new fan favorites. (Hello, Quicksilver!) Moving the action to the 1980s allows X-Men: Apocalypse the chance to create fresh X-heroes and villains, and maybe to also breathe new life into beloved X-characters who got a shot at silver-screen stardom but felt a little shortchanged in the long run.

We already know that Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicolas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) will lead the charge on the next X-Men movie. If we had the ability to stock the shelves for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, though, here’s who else we’d LOVE to see in the mutant mix.

Legion
Legion
Not to get too complicated right off the bat, but if you are going to do some version of the Age of Apocalypse storyline, you basically have to have Legion. The trouble is that a lot of backstory would need to be introduced in order to just roll out Legion, and I’m not sure X-Men: Age of Apocalypse is prepared to dig into that much mythology. Essentially, the character of Legion is Charles Xavier’s son, the product of an affair Charles had with an Israeli woman. In the comics, Legion triggers the Age of Apocalypse when he travels back in time with the intention of killing Magneto… his father’s chief adversary. Seeing as how the X-movies have dabbled in time travel (and they have an actor ready to pay Bishop), key elements of the Age of Apocalypse story are available. I’m just not sure if 20th Century Fox, Singer and Kinberg want to jump right back into time travel so soon after Days of Future Past.

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