7 Thrilling X-Men Stories That Should Be Adapted After X-Men: Apocalypse

By Gabe Toro 2014-05-29 09:07:29discussion comments
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We're seven movies in to the X-Men onscreen saga, and so far the filmmakers have been cherrypicking from some of the greatest X-Men stories of all time. X-Men seemed to loosely borrow from I, Magneto while X2: X-Men United featured echoes of God Loves, Man Kills. X-Men: The Last Stand mashed up The Phoenix Saga and Gifted, while the two Wolverine movies have gone through both Origin and Frank Miller's revered Wolverine.

Now there's X-Men: Days Of Future Past, based on one of the most beloved arcs in comic history. Bryan Singer and company aren't wasting time: 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse is borrowing heavily from Age Of Apocalypse. All great stories, but it sort of leaves the cupboard bare in regards to adapting X-Men comics, even if there is 50 years of continuity to pick from. We decided to seek out six beloved storylines (and one bonus!) that could conceivably provide material for a future film in the X-Men Saga. Read on, and tell us in the comments section if there's one you think we've missed.

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Second Genesis
What's It About? One of the most important X-stories of all-time, this chronicle reveals how three of the core five X-Men (Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel) disappeared on a mission to battle the living island Krakoa. Professor Xavier and Cyclops end up recruiting an all-new international team to fill the roster and save the original heroes. In the comics, this group consisted of Wolverine, Storm, Sunfire, Banshee, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird. The storyline effectively brought the X-Men back from the dead, as Marvel had only been publishing reprints for five years.

How Would It Work? Second Genesis is ultimately a skimpy story, but it has a simple, easily replicable hook: the X-Men are trapped, we need a new group of X-Men immediately. Following X-Men: Apocalypse, it should be easy to use a story like this to introduce a bulk of new characters into the current mythology. It's also a way to introduce some ethnic diversity: the core group that includes Wolverine, Beast, Havok and potential new additions Nightcrawler and Gambit are pretty monochrome. The new roster could utilize a new, powerful Storm and Colossus, bring in the Japanese Starfire, and introduce Thunderbird, the brother of Warpath from Days Of Future Past (maybe his father?). And if it never comes up in Apocalypse, it could also be a way to introduce Cyclops and Jean Grey to the new timeline. And if Krakoa is too unlikely to show up in these films (it is, quite literally, a living island), why not change it to the beloved Savage Land, and have the X-Men defeated by dinosaurs?
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