Recently, news came that an X-Men TV series, a collaboration between Fox and Marvel Television, had landed a pilot commitment. The show will be written by Matt Nix and executive produced by Bryan Singer, Laura Schuller Donner, Simon Kinberg and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory in a deal similar to the one the two sides struck over FX's Legion series, which picked up steam earlier this year.
Surprisingly, we aren't being kept completely in the dark as to what the series will be about, thanks to a short plot description:
The untitled series will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
Despite this, not much else is known about the upcoming show. However, going by the "underground network of mutants" description, there's a big chance that some familiar faces from the comic books will be present in the show. That's why we are here today. Here are five characters the new X-Men series could explore:
Forge is someone not many know about, but he's got quite a history. He's an ex-soldier that fought in the Vietnam War and who, as one of the X-Men, has fought against powerful enemies like The Adversary, Shadow King and even the Skrulls.
Forge's mutant ability grants him an intuitive talent for mechanical devices. By just looking at things, he is able to know their potential and how an invention with those things would work. This means that sometimes even he won't know how a machine he's built works, but simply knows what it does. While his natural mutant abilities aren't what you'd consider powerful, he is a skilled sorcerer and his innate sense of technology and machines makes him a valuable asset during conflict. The man has built weapons that can suppress mutant abilities and can detect superhuman and alien presences (if you need proof of his usefulness).
His power, plus his charisma, level of intelligence and proficiency makes him more than a worthy candidate to finally have a shot in live-action form and have a prominent role in this new X-Men TV series.
Let me get this out of the way: I know they guy in the image is Colossus wearing Juggernaut's helmet, I just liked the picture. Juggernaut/Cain Marko hasn't truly been given the chance to shine in live-action form. In X-Men: The Last Stand, he was reduced to being Magneto's bodyguard and was taken out in a way that would make you think of the character as just a dumb enforcer (though he did drop that great one-liner on us).
He was also supposed to have a prominent role in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he was replaced with Quicksilver at the last minute.
Going by this, it's easy to assume the character is not a priority for Fox in their cinematic strategy, which would make his appearance on TV much more plausible. Personally, I'd love to see Juggernaut's Ultimate version adapted. Due to his super strength and unstoppability, Weapon X (against his will) made Juggernaut an enforcer to hunt other mutants for the program. This would allow the writers to explore the mutant as a person, how he feels with having to hunt people down and what his desires are.
Northstar's noble and likable personality makes him a great possible addition to the series as he could act as a mentor to the children being introduced to the segregated mutant world, and as the first openly gay character in comics, he understands better than any mutant what it feels like to be an outcast. Plus, his prominent status in the comic books would give validity to the series and avoid the problem of big characters not appearing on TV because they might be used in a movie later on.
Other aspects that prove he's a worthy candidate for the show are his powers. Northstar has peak human strength, super strength in his legs (I know, weird), super stamina and the ability to move and fly at super speed as well as shooting energy blasts. He is also an accomplished skier, a trapeze artist and a martial arts expert. These abilities would elevate the series and give it a more epic feel. Plus, let's not forget about his awesome costume.
However, his abilities also make him one of the two most complicated characters on this list to bring to the small screen for budgetary reasons. His powers of supersonic flight and speed could be quite expensive. Fortunately for us, we have TV shows like The Flash and Supergirl that prove that successfully portraying super powers can be done on a TV budget.
The X-Men animated series brought Morph/Kevin Sydney — a minor character from the comics — into the spotlight. While at first intended as a throwaway character, he found popularity among fans and the series started delving deeper into who he was. Personally, he's one of my favorites. Morph is a metamorph. He can alter his appearance and voice to match anyone he pleases. His abilities also grant him two major advantages: He can reattach severed limbs and generate clothing. Morph is also a telepath.
The way he was portrayed as a damaged individual who felt betrayed by his own family was simply perfect and gave depth to someone that could have been written off as just your ordinary wise-cracking character.
With the right writers and actor, giving Morph a starring role in this new live-action series — either as a mentor to the young mutants or even making him younger and not shying away from his abilities — would make for a scene-stealing character that would entice audiences to tune in just to watch more of him.
1. Mr. Sinister
Something that instantly made think of Mr. Sinister/Nathaniel Essex when I read the series' description was the "underground network of mutants." For those of you who don't know, Mr. Sinister is not actually a mutant. He is a genetically modified human that has been collecting different mutant abilities for himself. Thanks to this, he can shape-shift, regenerate, and is a telepath. So, if you ever want to go up against him, think it through. Now that you are all caught up — wouldn't it be cool if Essex was targeting those mutant colonies for subjects for his evil experiments and harvesting their abilities?
We know that he is supposed to hit the big screen soon thanks to X-Men: Apocalypse's post-credits scene. And while that makes a TV appearance from him unlikely, his addition would not only present several great story possibilities (like the one mentioned above), but also open the door for many amazing characters to appear.
His cold, sinister (hehe) and calculating demeanor, paired with how powerful he is, could make him an awesome main antagonist for the series. Plus, I don't know about you, but I find him to be really likable. The format would also allow an bigger exploration of Sinister as a character. Why is he like that? Is there redemption for him? All fascinating topics to explore with a compelling villain like him.
This new X-Men TV show has great potential. I would personally love if Fox and Marvel Television took a chance and put some big characters in the story. A problem that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suffers from is that they can't really showcase any notable superheroes without interfering with the movies in the MCU.
That creates the awkward, and frankly annoying situation of the main characters constantly name-dropping other superheroes but never being able to show them, making the series feel like an afterthought.
However, we have to remember that the main characters in the series haven't been revealed so hopefully they are well-written and likable enough to keep us viewers engaged for however many episodes or seasons it lasts. With that said, I truly hope the characters on this list are featured in some capacity as I feel they have potential to make an engaging and entertaining show. But what about you?