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Oh boy, I’m taking on a bit of a topic here. Marvel and Disney now own a lot of 21st Century Fox and part of that was getting the X-Men and the Fantastic Four back. I already did a casting article for the Fantastic Four, and it was time to do one for the X-Men. Then I realized, there are a million X-Men, which ones should show up in the MCU and should it just be the main group again? That’s what today we’re going to think about, should we have the original team back or if not, who should we get?
I personally don’t think we need the main group of X-Men again, in particular, I think we need to not see Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Wolverine again that quickly, and possibly even Magneto for a villain again that quickly. The main reason is that Hugh Jackman was obviously iconic as Wolverine, so it would be hard to recast him. Plus Jean Grey and Cyclops are two expected names. I think that the MCU would be better served bringing along the X-Men slowly. With that, I think that skipping or not having Charles Xavier as a main character is important as well for keeping it that lesser known feel.
Now, that might be a big of a harder sell, because the X-Men movies have generally be fairly successful and it would be easy to lean into the main characters again. It would likely mean that you are getting a decent amount of money from them, but Kevin Feige has led the charge of taking lesser known characters and making them well known in the public eye. I had been reading comics for a while, but I didn’t really know how the Guardians of the Galaxy were. I knew Ant-Man and Dr. Strange from the Avengers comics, but not as a stand alone, and all of those work well in the MCU. So I trust that lesser known characters would work well, though, I’m thinking, keep the Disco Dazzler sidelined for a while, that might be smart.
So then who do you put together as a team? You would still have Charles Xavier in the background, but you wouldn’t really bring him in, kind of like Thanos, until you needed it for the big event as a good guy. That way you keep it separated from the characters that have been previously used in the X-Men world. But Xavier is an important enough character that you probably need to tease him, at least, early on.
But let’s meet the main roster:
Gambit – I just want Gambit done well, but he was barely in the previous movies, so he would be someone new, and I could see him “leading” a team of X-Men, though probably fairly poorly, which would be an interesting part of a story.
Nightcrawler – So I break my own rule here. He’s had a pretty large part in the previous films, but he’s a character a lot of fans like. I’m also going for misunderstood characters, and I think you play with that with Nightcrawler.
Rogue – You can see the thread, misunderstood characters. Ones who don’t stand out as the heroes as much as the others, because when you get down to it, Rogue’s powers to leach the powers and life from people are terrifying, especially if she’s not careful. She and Gambit have also been a fun flirting couple in the comics.
Bishop – Bishop is an interesting character with his powers to absorb energy, so kind of the opposite of Gambit. But he’s also interesting if they wanted to play around with timelines more since he’s supposed to be from the future and putting him out of place would work pretty well. But if you don’t want to do that part, you can ignore it as well for him. And he’s someone that people aren’t familiar with.
Syrin – She could also be the new Banshee, but I think keeping that character away is fine now. She’d round out the team with sonic powers. I like her because she has a pretty tragic backstory, but more so for her criminal background. So that’s something that would make a lot of sense to have her pair up with Gambit who has some troubles in his backstory and with Nightcrawler who can bamf around.
That’s the team that I’d start with for the X-Men. We’ll come back at a later time and do some casting for those characters. If you were to create an X-Men team without using the likes of Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Wolverine, who would you go with? And do you like an idea of a more misunderstood team versus the boy scout team you can end up with when Cyclops is around?
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