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Good news, X-fans!

Yet another classic X-Men character looks set to return to the big screen in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse - and, in the process, turning the upcoming X-Sequel into something increasingly similar-looking to the iconic '90s X-Men animated series.

After all, we're now going to watch an X-Men movie set in the early '90s, starring Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Beast, Professor X and (most likely) Wolverine and Gambit. Which, to anyone who grew up with the legendary series, is pretty much this exact show:

The only characters we're really missing at this point? Rogue and Jubilee - and wouldn't you know it, Bryan Singer just confirmed that one of them would, in fact, be making her way to X-Men: Apocalypse.

The classic mutant in question?

Welcome the newest mutant to join X-Men Apocalypse: Jubilee, played by Lana Condor.

Posted by X-Men Movies on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ms. Jubilation Lee, a.k.a. the explosive (and super '90s) hero Jubilee.

Otherwise known as the superhero with the seriously...distinctive yellow costume:

And when I say Jubilee was super '90s, I'm really not kidding. She actually technically first appeared back in May 1989, in Uncanny X-Men #244, but seeing as she did so as a wise-cracking teenage mall-rat, she was very much a sign of the decade to come. Even her powers - she can create brightly colored energy 'plasmoids' that she refers to as fireworks - are about as '90s as it's possible to get without being in Clueless.

The thing is, though, that's just the beginning of the whole lot of reasons that Jubilee's imminent return to the X-Men movie universe is so exciting...

After all:

X-Men: Apocalypse is the Perfect Time to (Re-)Introduce Her

Y'know, what with it apparently being set in the 1990s, meaning she can plausibly retain her original, mall-set origin story if the filmmakers so choose (she ended up semi-accidentally teleporting back to the X-Men's base with the team, after they'd gone on a girls' night out).

And if there's one thing Jubilee absolutely has to have in her origin story, it's a culturally relevant mall.


It Suggests the New Movies Are Willing to Mess with Established Continuity

After all, since our new Jubilee, Lana Condor, isn't 5-years-old, it sure looks as though the versions of Jubilee who briefly appeared in the original X-Men trilogy are now very much non-canon - since Katrina Florece (above) and Kea Wong (below) very much don't seem old enough to be the grown up versions of Condor.

Which means everything we've seen so far in the 'future' (read: original) X-Men movies is now officially up in the air, and Singer can proceed with the series in whatever way works best for the story, unencumbered by canon.

And, best of all?

Jubilee Can Finally Be a Bad-Ass

Now, it might take some time - there's no guarantee that Condor actually has anything like a leading role in X-Men: Apocalypse - but the on-screen return of Jubilee gives the character a chance to be something she never really managed in the comics (though the last few years of X-Men comics (above) have given it a solid go): a bad-ass.

After all, for much of the '90s, Jubilee was something of a hate figure for comic-book fans, symbolizing a cynical, merchandising-oriented movement within comics and a desperate grasping for a youth market that was being pulled in other cultural directions. That's why, by the end of the decade, she was gradually withdrawn from the front-line of the X-Men comics, becoming something of a secondary character.

Which, seeing as her mutant abilities - though seemingly kind of silly - are actually insanely powerful, is a real shame. Jubilee may refer to them as fireworks (or 'Pafs') but her powers actually allow her to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level, making her less like a fireworks factory, and more like a fusion bomb.

And if there's one thing everyone likes to watch in a superhero movie, it's massive explosions.

What do you think, though?

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