Fox's X-Men Universe had somewhat of a rocky start, but in recent years it seems to have really found its footing and is flying high. This year alone we have Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse to look forward to. Beyond that, we still have Gambit, Wolverine 3, X-Force and New Mutants. But I want to look further into the future. These are the stories that need to be told because of their quality.
1. X-Men: The Twelve
The Twelve is an epic X-Men story, and seeing as we're being introduced to Apocalypse this year, it would make a perfect follow up. Apocalypse attempts to capture the power of twelve of the most powerful mutants on the planet:
- Mikhail Rasputin
- Professor X
- Living Monolith
This could give us some great introductions to some awesome new characters, and it would be great to see characters like Polaris, Sunfire & Cable brought into this universe. If we're introducing Cable, it would tie in very nicely with the introduction of someone a bit more... Sinister.
2. X-Men: Sinister
Mister Sinister is arguably the greatest X-Men villain ever, and as such, he would make an incredible focal point for an X-movie. We don't necessarily need to see an origin story, but having it alluded to would be excellent. In the comics, Apocalypse turned Darwinist scientist Nathaniel Essex into Mister Sinister in 1859, but imagine if the post-credits sting of X-Men: Apocalypse changes history somewhat.
We're all fully aware that the X-Men will find a way to beat Apocalypse in this Summer's blockbuster, but they obviously won't kill him. He'll skulk away into the shadows somewhere. He'll find Nathaniel Essex and then he'll create Mister Sinister. It would be an awesome moment at the end of Apocalypse, and set up an extremely exciting film on the horizon.
3. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
While this epic arc was touched on in the original X-Men trilogy, they didn't do it any kind of justice. With a newly re-cast Jean Grey appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse, this could be the perfect time to introduce the Phoenix Force. If you don't know, the Phoenix is a cosmic entity which used Jean Grey as a host. What could work really well here is that in the comics, Jean was corrupted by the Hellfire Club, the same Hellfire Club who are getting their own TV show later this year.
So, Dark Phoenix could be a perfect link between Fox's Marvel movies and TV shows. If you're still not sold, why not take a moment to imagine how insane that epic final battle with the Imperial Guard would be? Or that unforgettable sacrifice...
4. The Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix
The Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix is a fantastic arc. If you're even the slightest fan of X-Men comics, you should try and pick up the trade, because it's absolutely worth reading. Cyclops & Phoenix get transported to the future at the hands of Mother Askani (who is actually their time-lost alternate daughter, Rachel). This story gives us a lot of background/origin information about Cable, so it could be a great flick to introduce us to The Chosen One. The final act of this movie would be phenomenal - the huge battle between Cyclops, Jean Grey & Cable (or in this timeline, Slym, Red & Nate) vs. Apocalypse.
Meanwhile Mother Askani is dying, and finally the emotional finish where Scott & Jean's minds return to their physical bodies in the present. It can't just be me that would be over the moon to see a fully-grown, gun-toting, angry-as-hell Cable arrive in the present in the post-credits tag, can it?
X-Men Apocalypse is in theaters May 27, 2016.