If you have been following superhero news lately, you might have noticed that we have not heard any news about the solo Gambit movie in awhile. That is because it is pretty much in production hell, with only Channing Tetum who actually seems to want to do the movie.
Well, you are taking your time.
It came as a shock to many people that there is actually a Gambit movie even being made, and it can now be said that even the most hardcore Gambit fans might not want it to happen. However, the fact that Gambit's movie dropped, means that Fox Studios now has an open space to fill with a new solo X-Men movie.
So in this article, I will be discussing five other X-Men characters that deserve a shot at their own movie, if Gambit becomes part of the dream world.
Every X-fan can agree that Colossus is both one of the coolest and one of the most visually striking members of the X-Men. While most people will just find him "cool," many people do not actually know the rather interesting back story of the Russian Peter Rasputin.
While his origin might be a little more simple and much less tragic then most other X-Men mutants, his story arc still has enough material to generate a very interesting movie that can span any genre between spy to mystery, especially with him trying to find the killer responsible for his brother's death.
Obviously, his solo film can also introduce us to his little sister, Magik, who is a key player in modern X-Men stories such as Avengers vs X-Men as well as being the leader of the New Mutants, a group which has been rumored to make it to the big screen.
Overall, a Colossus film can achieve a few things. First, it can show us new genres of superhero films which perhaps have not yet explored. It will be a fresh taste which can be interesting if done right. The film will also be cool if it includes Magik, and it can overall be a cool, refreshing, and widening film to the franchise.
For casting, we already have a fantastic Colossus played by Stefan Kapicic in this year's Deadpool, and he seems to be the right choice to continue with.
Storm is honestly one of the most important X-Men of all times. A prominent member and occasional leader of the team, Storm has some of the greatest stories and powers in the Marvel universe.
While very loosely explored in X-Men: Apocalypse, Storm's origins are so much deeper than just her being a thief in Cairo. After all, she is considered to be a god in many African countries and is also the (ex) queen of Wakanda, since she was married to the Black Panther himself.
If we are talking story arcs, Storm is not lacking. As I said before, her origin can be further explored, since she started out in Cairo, where her parents died from a plane crashing into their house, and she had to turn to a life of crime. While there, she is found by Apocalypse, who "helps" her until she is found by Professor X. She has also been a major character in many X-Men stories.
A solo film will be a great opportunity to show the full extent of Storm's powers, with some stunning visual effects and hopefully a colorful classic outfit to make the movie that much more full of impact and that much more iconic.
As for casting, Alexandra Shipp has already done a pretty great job portraying Ororo Munroe in X-Men: Apocalypse and I am excited to see how she does in the upcoming X-Men film (and hopefully her own film as well).
Nightcrawler seems to me like a rather underrated character who has always led a supporting character life in the film universe of X-Men, and there is much you might not know about him. However, as many might not understand, Kurt Wagner is so much more then a just teleporting blue elf, not that that is not cool.
Kurt has a long and complicated family history, being the son of the villains Mystique and Azazel (who appeared in First Class), which can be explored in a movie. After being abandoned, he went to a church and became a religious follower. However, because of his blue skin and elf-like features he was chased out for being a devil.
Another option instead of another origin movie would be the time he died and went to Heaven. In that specific storyline, Azazel attacks Heaven, so Storm, Wolverine, Firestar, Iceman, Beast, and Northstar are sent to Hell and Heaven to help Kurt stop his dad.
Adding this family to the X-Men film universe can be a great step as it will give some family tension between characters and intensify characterization of rising stars such as Mystique and Nightcrawler.
As for casting, Kodi Smit-McPhee seems to be doing an excellent job so far, also appearing for the first time in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to star in the next X-Men film.
4. Emma Frost
Emma frost is one of the most prominent X-Men, and is still yet to get a proper on-screen performance. Starting off as a villain within the Hellfire Club, and then moving on to being a teacher with questionable motives at the Xavier School, Emma has a rich history to explore.
Emma Frost is one of the most important members of the X-Men right now. With telepathic powers rivaling the professor's and diamond skin, she is also one of the strongest. She is a major part of current storylines, being part of the Phoenix Five as well as leading Cyclops' X-Men team. If Fox wants yet another origin movie, exploring the idea of the Hellfire Club could be interesting, as they are some of the most powerful adversaries of the X-Men.
As for casting, it is a little harder with this one, as it is the first on the list to have not been (properly) introduced in the universe. While they can certainly keep January Jones in the role, other great choices would be Cate Blanchett (which might be a tiny problem, as she will star in Thor: Ragnarok) or Blake Lively, who are both beautiful, strong, and charismatic actresses that can portray the character on screen.
OK, I know what you are thinking, Isn't Cable supposed to be introduced in Deadpool 2? Well, here is something you might know but haven't thought about: Cable is not a secondary character. What if instead of it being a Deadpool movie featuring Cable, it were a Cable movie featuring Deadpool?
While Cable's full origin is way too complicated not to have its own article, the overview is that he is the telekinetic, telepathic, and time-traveling son of Cyclops and Jean Grey's clone Madelyne Pryor.
A Cable movie can be a completely open movie, which means it can literally go anywhere. Whether they choose to go back to time travel, the complicated mess that is his origin story, or go to a (hopefully) heavily R-rated X-Force movie, Cable opens the studio to a ton of new stuff.
As for casting, I really hope that action legend Liam Neeson gets the part, as he is probably one of the only actors who can properly portray such a kick-ass action character. Also, Neeson has yet to appear as a Marvel character, though he already played Ra's al Ghul (or Ducard) in Batman Begins.
Did you see X-Men: Apocalypse? If so, check out the video below to get the lowdown on how they pulled off some of the apocalyptic VFX:
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