Enough, Wolverine! Here Are 5 Other X-Men Who Deserve Standalone Films
Are you sensing a trend to this piece? Without really planning ahead, I seem to be circling excellent X-Men characters who were introduced into the Cinematic Universe, but in a poor fashion.
To that list, add Warren Worthington III, son of an industrious billionaire who – like many mutants – is ashamed of his gift and wrestles with the societal issues caused by his hard-to-disguise physical attribute: His massive angel wings. Ben Foster tapped briefly into Angel’s crisis in Brett Ratner’s The Last Stand, but it was a throwaway moment that didn’t do the character justice. The ability to explore this complicated hero – and amaze audiences with thrilling aerial sequences – means there’s an Angel movie worth advancing, if a studio believes in him as a character. Bonus: Angel eventually succumbs to a dark side and becomes Archangel, which could signify a brooding arc for an Angel trilogy, if planned out properly.
I almost went with Nightcrawler. But for the “Last but not least” slot, I’m plugging in my all-time favorite X-Foe -- the unstoppable force who is Cain Marko, aka The Juggernaut. And no, not Vinnie Jones’ “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!” That might be the X-Men’s film-franchise nadir.
Marvel writers always had so much fun with Juggernaut because whatever powers the X-Men possessed with virtually useless against Marko. His helmet blocked out Charles Xavier’s psychic abilities, while his invincibility (powered by the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak) made him a near-impossible antagonist to bring down. A Juggernaut Origins story would rock, touching on the troubles he experienced with young Xavier – his step-brother – and following through his creation through the Gem.
Or, even better, adapt the two-issue arc “Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut,” where Spider-Man must prevent the evil villain from decimating downtown New York. Make it the basis for Spider-Man 4. Let Andrew Garfield duke it out with an unstoppable foe … and maybe let an X-Man or two cameo for a team up. It’s a bold new world out here for studios making superhero movies. Let’s think outside the box.
Which of the X-Men deserves the next standalone movie?
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