“X-Men: Days of Future Past” had the most successful opening weekend in the history of the “X-Men” movie franchise. The movie introduced several new X-Men to the movie mythology. Characters like Bishop, Blink, Sunspot, and Warpath made it to the big screen and were an integral part of the X-Men of the future. The next movie “X-Men: Apocalypse” has already been announced for 2016 but are there any more X-Men left to be introduced?
Five “X-Men” movies have been made and two more “Wolverine” centric movies are out as well. Over these seven pictures a lot of mutants have hit the screens from big parts to little parts fans of the “X-Men” comics have seen plenty of their favorites. But who are the five X-Men that need to make it into the next movie to take down the mega-threat of Apocalypse?
Let’s start with one of the older X-Men characters, Sunfire. Introduced in “Uncanny X-Men” #64 (January 1970), Sunfire is the first mutant from Japan to appear in the comics. His powers are to generate super heated plasma that allows him to fly through the sky. Shiro Yoshida’s temper is as fiery as his powers and his arrogance does not allow him to play well with others. Sunfire is a great visual character from his first appearance to his reimagining during the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline in 1995.
Speaking of fire, the next mutant that needs to make the jump to the big screen is Rachel Grey Summers, better known as the second Phoenix in the “X-Men” comics. Introduced in the original “Days of Future Past” (“Uncanny X-Men” 141 and 142 (January – February 1981)), Rachel is a refugee from the future timeline the X-Men sought to prevent. She is the daughter of Cyclops and Marvel Girl who have played large parts in the earlier movies. With the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” playing with the alternate future and time travel this mutant is made to take part in the next movie iteration.
To capitalize on a pop-culture crazed society the next X-Man to make it to the movies needs to be the Dazzler (think Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Madonna rolled into one diva). Created at the end of the disco-era of the 1970s, Alison Blaire debuted in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men” #130 (February 1980), but as disco was dying the Dazzler was taking off. She starred in her own series from Marvel Comics where her powers to change sound into solid beams of light made her a stunning adventurer.
Fans of the X-Men cartoon series of the 1990s will want to see one of that era’s X-Men brought to the big screen. Jubilation Lee or as she prefers Jubilee, was introduced at the height of the X-Men’s comic book dominance of the late 1980s in “Uncanny X-Men” #244 (May 1989). She became the young sidekick of Wolverine, playing a version of Robin to Wolverine’s Batman. Much more colorful than her partner, Jubliee’s powers are to create fireworks out of her hands. Her lightshow on the big screen would certainly create excitement for movie goers.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will surely be the team’s darkest hour and for that they’ll need a soldier. Enter the man called Cable who debuted in a shroud of mystery in the X-Men spin-off “New Mutants” #87 (March 1990). He is a refugee from a future where Apocalypse won and the villain rules with an iron-fist. This soldier travels back in time to train the New Mutants to be soldiers in his war to stop Apocalypse’s rise to power turning the young heroes into X-Force. Armed with every weapon imaginable, Cable’s power of telekinesis helps him to keep the bio-organic virus that has infected his body under control.
Will any of these heroes make it to the big screen in 2016? Who do you want to see? Let me know if the comments below.