Fox's X-Men movies might be a veteran of the superhero franchises, but even with ten movies in this continuity there are still many characters from the #Marvel comics that have yet to make their cinematic entrance. One such character is Mister Sinister, an ominous villain from the X-Men comics who is responsible for wrecking all kinds of havoc.
Back when #XMenApocalypse was released, there was a lot of buzz about Mr Sinister coming to the #XMen movies, thanks to a post credits scene that teased the introduction of the Essex Corporation — a company under the control of Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr Sinister himself. We all assumed this hint would be crucial to the plot of #Logan, possibly explaining why the mutants are dying out.
Now, it seems that Mr Sinister's big screen entrance is planned for an upcoming X-Men movie, but not for #Wolverine's last outing.
Lurking In The Shadows
CinemaBlend sat down with X-Men executive producer Simon Kinberg recently, asking him the burning questions we've been pondering for months — specifically, whether the Essex Corporation is connected to the Weapon X program that created Laura Kinney and many other mutant children. Kinberg's answer was elusive but did confirm our suspicions.
"Yes, that is the implication."
However, despite rumors to the contrary, we now know that Mr Sinister himself does not appear in Logan. Instead, Dr Zander Rice is the proverbial man behind the curtain, directing the horrific mutant experimentation. We still don't know just how much the Essex Corporation was involved in this program, but this mystery will probably be solved by later films — when asked about this, Kinberg revealed that Mr Sinister will be making his grand entrance soon.
"The short answer is yes. We would love to see Sinister. I think he is one of the great untapped villains in the X-Men universe, and we do have plans to introduce him into the world."
It seems highly likely that we'll see Mr Sinister in the upcoming X-Men sequel movie: Tentatively titled X-Men: Supernova, this sequel to Apocalypse is directed by Kinberg himself.
When Will Mr Sinister Appear?
Leading on from obvious foreshadowing in Apocalypse, there are multiple rumors that #XMenSupernova will be an adaptation of the Dark Phoenix Saga, as Jean Grey unleashes all the terrifying potential of her mutant powers.
Although Mr Sinister doesn't play any role in this in the comics, it would be quite easy to slot him into the movie adaptation as some kind of grand architect of Jean's turmoil.
Of course, considering that Mr Sinister is the one who created the time traveling Cable, it's also likely that Sinister will be the villain for #Deadpool2. After all, Deadpool himself told us that Cable would appear in the sequel. This could be set up in Supernova, but that depends on whether Kinberg really wants to use Cable's #comicbook origin — Mr Sinister cloned Jean Grey, then tricked Scott Summers into getting this clone pregnant, and promptly stole the baby... who grew up to be Cable.
Poor Madelyne Pryor (Jean's clone) has a very complicated and convoluted story in the comics, and to avoid confusion it may be better to just keep her out of the movies all together. Having said that, if there's any movie that should adapt this whacky storyline it's Deadpool 2, as Wade would no doubt have some hilarious fourth-wall breaking comments to make on the ridiculousness of comic book plotlines.
In any case, we can rest assured that Mr Sinister will indeed make his cinematic debut soon, however that will play out.
Which movie would you like to see Mr Sinister in?