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Fox's X-Men franchise has brought us nine films full of amazing characters directly from the comics. The current mutant universe recently gave us younger versions of the most popular X-Men characters in X-Men Apocalypse, but there's still a ton of characters ready to be used. With the next X-Men film set in the '90s, here are five characters that would be perfect for the movie!

1. Dazzler

She's a highly skilled athlete, singer and actress with the mutant ability to convert sound into light beams, capable of use in various forms and strengths. She is also the main plot for the "Dark Phoenix Saga Part 1: Dazzled." Even though the comic character's adventures are mainly set in the '80s, this female mutant has been a constant wish from the fans of the X-Men franchise. The "April Fools" joke of singer Lady Gaga cast as the character in 2014s X-Men: Days of Future Past, even had fans fired up. Maybe this time their wishes will be answered.

2. Omega Red

Arkady Rossovich a.k.a. Omega Red is a serial killer from Russia who was subjected into an experiment attempting to create a super soldier similar to Captain America. The end results were the creation of Omega Red. He's given super strength and speed, along with the ability to secrete pheromones from his body that are capable of sickness or death. He's one of the villains rumored by many fans, to be a part of the last Wolverine film. If the mutant doesn't have an appearance in the solos' present time, he could make his way back to the '90s to rage against the developing team of mutants.

3. Mastermind

Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde) has the mutant ability to display realistic illusions via telepathy. His ability even allows him to cause others to see, hear, feel, smell, and/or taste what he wants them to. He is known to be one of the mutants with telepathy, powerful enough to affect Professor Xavier and Jean Grey. He once was able to manipulate Dark Phoenix entity, who's a part of Jean Grey. In May, screenwriter Simon Kinberg expressed interest in adapting "The Dark Phoenix Saga," so it wouldn't be so bad for Mastermind to at least make a cameo.

4. Rogue

This popular mutant — with absorption abilities, can take any mutant power, skill and memory from whomever she touches. She is known to be the love interest of the Cajun mutant Gambit. Fans have been wanting to see a proper adaptation of the character, but were constantly let down throughout her entire on-screen adventures. Who knows, maybe this time Raven can find her in the '90s and recruit her to the team, so she can start her training right away.

5. Lilandra Neramani

She is a member of the specie, Shi'ar and soon takes the throne of the interstellar Shi'ar Empire. By then, she adopts the name Majestrix-Shi'ar of the Shi'ar Imperium. Lilandra also becomes one of Professor Xavier's good friends. During an interview back in May, director Bryan Singer brought up the idea of the X-Men going to outer space:

“But we’ve also introduced the tenets of time travel, which already exists in the comic book. Also I imagine — and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way — but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually. “

This idea could coincide with Kinberg's new approach to the "Dark Phoenix Saga," because the Shi'ar Empire, led by Lilandra, tries to stop the ferocious entity in space. Once they were able to put a stop to the Phoenix, Lilandra then held a "trial by combat" between the X-Men and the Imperial Guard to determine her fate.

Whether it will be the team battling against a new enemy, or a hero joining them, each of these characters were vital to the X-Men's adventures in the comics and would be amazing to see on screen.

Go behind the scenes and check out the VFX of the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse in the Movie Pilot original video below:

Cover art by: RDauterman

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