Earlier we got into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but due to legal wrangling, X-Men cannot be apart of it. (I.e., Fox owns the rights to the X-Men franchise, where Disney runs the MCU.)
One thing that X-Men: Days of Future Pastreminded us was just how many X-Men (both heroes and villains) there are in the Marvel universe. Many of whom deserve a solo film in their own right. Today, we’re going to check out a few that should get their own movies.
One of the most interesting villains in X-Men history, many attempts have been made to make Magneto more of a leading figure in comics. What the character needs more than anything is a movie that’ll solidify who he is in the minds of a generation’s worth of readers.
With Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, this is the sort of image that can be burned into the minds of readers who’ll see Magneto not just as an interesting villain and counter to Professor X, but as a fully-fleshed out character that can hold up his own film. Plus, more Fassbender is good, and more Magneto is good — even if he is a little brutal in his methods. That’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
Magneto’s always been a complicated figure — a villain who can make a point, a victim of horrific savagery. A sympathetic character who nonetheless does horrible things. That’s the stuff of movie magic.
His powers are simple but elemental, and he cracks wise while he battles evil. Bobby Drake is a much cooler Human Torch. (Couldn’t help it, sorry.) But with his youth and skillset, he can quite easily shoulder the burden of a complete Marvel film all on his own.
Shawn Ashmore has proven himself to be more than game at handling the character, and with an extensive history to pull from (considering he’s a founding member of the X-Men), there’s more than enough here to create a universe that can utilize Iceman’s particular brand of powers and wit.
Plus, another founding member of the X-Men getting his own film would allow some of the smaller-known, but still intensely-beloved characters to get a bit more screentime than they otherwise would.
Jean Grey / Phoenix / Dark Phoenix
It seems odd that one of the most powerful mutants in all of Marvel hasn’t had any real solo screen time. This seems doubly odd when you consider just what a complex character Jean Grey really is. With the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth, there’s potential for many thrilling and dramatic stories.
Plus, it also seems wrong that after over ten years of Marvel films, whether from the Fox-owned X-Men line or the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have had exactly one female Marvel superhero film (Elektra, which most would agree it’s better we just forget it existed).
Fans are clamoring for a woman-lead superhero movie, and it’s anyone’s guess whether it’ll be the MCU or Fox that gets there first with their respective rights on Marvel titles.
Who do you think should get their own solo film? Let us know!