So I'm kinda on the fence about X-Men as it is, but First Class and Days of Future Past gave me reason to hope for the franchise.
When I heard about the X-Force film in development, I wasn't convinced. Can they really forge a whole new group without killing off the ones we know and are moderately comfortable with? Probably not, unless they establish an entirely new group outside of the ones we're going to see in Apocalypse. So here are my picks for the team in X-Force.
Fantomex is a pretty awesome character. He was born and raised in a virtual reality domain called the World, where he was genetically modified to be a more approachable, less frightening super-Sentinel. He's technically British, because the World was at a facility in Britain, but he was raised in a virtual France, so he developed a French sense of identity and goes by the name Jean-Phillipe. He's also a thief with a techno-organic ship named E.V.A., so he's basically a futuristic Robin Hood. Pretty cool, non? My choice of actor: Luke Evans or Simon Pegg.
Cable has been a fan-favorite character for years. He's the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, and he's from the future. He caries a big ol' gun and he has a techno-organic arm, plus, he's built like the Rock. He's got technologically enhanced powers of telekinesis and telepathy, as well as latent time travel abilities. My actor choice: Jean Claude Van Damme.
Ok, so Domino is pretty cool. She was genetically modified as part of a top-secret government breeding program, and was one of only two people to survive the modifications. She was eventually freed by the militant religious cult known as the Armajesuits, Neena Thurman became the merc known as Domino. She's a badass with firearms of all shapes and sizes, and her mutant powers of probability manipulation make her totally deadly. My choice of actress: Gina Carano.
Psylocke is one of those characters that kinda sits there in the reserves until she's needed for something, and then she goes away again. Which is totally wrong, because she's awesome. Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock is the twin sister of one Brian Braddock, a.k.a. Captain Britain. A one-time charter pilot and eventually a model, Betsy developed her mutant psychic abilities and established herself as a hero, working with several teams before finally finding her place as a member of the X-Men as Psylocke. After saving her teammates from the Reavers and losing her memories, she was found by the Hand, who swapped her mind and soul into the body of a Japanese assassin. My choice of actress: Elodie Yung.
A refugee from an alien dimension, Shatterstar was genetically engineered to excel at gladiatorial deathmatches for the entertainment of his creators. He broke free of his captors' slavery and fled to our dimension, where he became a member of various iterations of the X-teams. His knowledge of hand-to-hand combat is enhanced by his mutant power to transform sound waves into vibratory energy. My choice of actor: believe it or not, Ryan Gosling.
Cannonball. What can we say about Cannonball? Sam Guthrie is a mutant with the ability to generate and release thermo-chemical energy through his body, turning him into an invulnerable human rocket. In the comics, he's a well-known character as a founder of the New Mutants, but since then, he's brought his courage and sense of justice to several superhero teams. I could actually imagine him doing this:
So what do you guys think? Fantomex, Cable, Domino, Psylocke, Shatterstar and Cannonball? Or not? What are your picks? Let me know in the comments below.