Remember when Psylocke had that amazing appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand? Me neither.
In fact, the majority of people don’t even realize that she had an appearance in The Last Stand unless they spend time casually flipping through IMDB. (I can’t be the only one that does that…..right?) Honestly, I’m not sure what the thinking was in attaching her name to the tiny role played by Mei Melancon: there are so many unnamed mutants in that film, she didn't need to be identified at all. At the very least, they could have made sure to make her recognizable as Psylocke if the name is used!
According to the brief glimpses we get in the film, Psylocke is not a telepathic British/Japanese ninja, but is actually an American girl whose powers seem to involve….shouting? Throwing people from buildings? The only real ability we see her use is teleportation, Shadowcat style. Which she can do, but the decision not to have her using her psi-blades is ridiculous! She's also missing her martial arts skills (no small part of what makes her who she is) and looks far too young - I could buy her as Psylocke's daughter.
An Asian actress with purple hair does not a Psylocke make. I haven’t been this disappointed with a character since Rogue (and don’t get me started on that one!). These are hands down my two favorite female X-Men, and so far, both have been butchered.
I may just have to accept the whiny little girl played by Anna Paquin – her reappearance at the end of Days of Future Past confirmed that we remain stuck with this badly written Jubilee-type. Psylocke, on the other hand, is still open for re-casting and a proper introduction to the franchise, and X-Men: Apocalypse is the perfect place for that to happen!
Psylocke has a major part to play across more than one Apocalypse storyline, and I cannot see her being left out of the line-up to take him on. That said, we don’t know which direction is being taken with the movie, and Fox has a bad habit of straying far from the comic books. I’m hoping that with the latest two re-setting the timeline, they are finally realizing that catering to the fandom is a smart move. Psylocke always seems to pop up in lists of characters we'd like to see, so if Fox has been paying attention, they'll re-introduce her now.
Psylocke has battled Apocalypse many times in her role in X-Force, and crosses over into the Age of Apocalypse universe as well. I want to see her reuniting with Angel one he throws off Apocalypse’s control. I want to see her hooked up to Cerebro and fighting to save Wolverine. I want to see her battling Sabretooth, and I want to see a little bit of the history that she has with him. While it’s definitely possible to leave her out (unlike Wolverine or Angel) I don’t see any point to intentionally writing out such a popular character.
The other obvious reason to include Psylocke in Apocalypse is her relationship with Angel! Warren Worthington has such a great history with her, and thus far, there are no real couples that I enjoy watching. We all know Rogue and Bobby won't last (besides, she belongs with Gambit!) and Jean and Scott have just never been my favorite pair. I would much rather see Apocalypse focus on Psylocke and Angel, and I think there is a good chance that it will.
The only real issue that I could see is that so many new characters have appeared in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) and First Class that Fox may decide not to bring in too many new ones with Apocalypse. However, I'm hoping that Apocalypse will continue the trend of throwing in a whole new group of characters and seeing which are the most popular. I love seeing more and more mutants, rather than just the very core team.
Of course, I do have one fear about Psylocke coming into play – this franchise is so hit-or-miss with casting and writing, she may end up as far from the mark as her bit-part in The Last Stand. I don’t think I could stomach seeing both of my favorite female x-men ruined on the big screen!
What do you think? Should Psylocke appear in [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267)? Comment and let me know!!