Enough, Wolverine! Here Are 5 Other X-Men Who Deserve Standalone Films

By Sean O'Connell 2013-07-29 16:26:52discussion comments
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Cyclops
2. Cyclops
Cyclops is another classic X-Men hero – a team leader and a founding father – who seems to have received the short end of the stick in the X-Men movies to date. Which is a shame because his story can be quite compelling. Possibly because the franchise became so enamored with Jackman as Wolverine, Scott Summers (James Marsden) has been relegated to one leg in a love triangle. So boring.

The actual character often comes off as a tormented leader, a hero so sworn to his ethics that he struggles to make the difficult decisions in the heat of battle. (This, by the way, is what often puts him at odds with the rule-breaking Wolverine … though their mutual affection for Jean Grey does lead to plenty of melodrama in the various X-Men storylines). Pulling Cyclops out of the ensemble and giving him a standalone adventure would be, I think, quite exciting. His mutant power, also, is one that translates beautifully on screen – it always has been one of the coolest "outbursts" in Singer’s X-Men films. There are a lot of great Cyclops stories worth telling, and one of them should make it on screen, soon.

Deadpool
3. Deadpool
Yet another amazingly popular comic-book character laid to waste by Origins: Wolverine. Seriously, did that movie do anything right? While we’re on the subject of Deadpool, can we lay off the concept that Ryan Reynolds HAS to play the mercenary just because he had one shot at him already? Some fans have suggested Joel McHale for the part. Now that’s a campaign I can get behind.

Wade Winston Wilson appears to be THE fan favorite when it comes to wondering which X-Men character makes it on screen next, and don’t be surprised if the "Merc with a Mouth" lands a deal for a standalone movie in time. Script treatments for a Deadpool movie have been floating around for years, and it will only take Fox (or a rival studio) stepping up to put money and creative force behind the project to pull it off. Certain components make Deadpool an easy choice, from his wicked sense of humor to his tendency to break the fourth wall and address the reader/audience. Will that work in a movie? We may find out soon.
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