Wolverine is undoubtedly one of the most popular and recognisable X-Men, and some of that popularity is due to Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of him in the X-Men movies over the years. Fans of the comic series were doubtful when Jackman was first cast, partly due to the fact that Jackman, who is 6’2, is far taller than comic book Wolverine, who is a tiny 5’3. But Jackman soon won fans over with his excellent portrayal of Wolverine’s personality and character traits and the height thing was forgiven – well, mostly forgiven.
Now that Logan is Jackman’s last movie as Wolverine, we’ve been speculating over which actor will take on the role. Although we believe there are other actors who could be great in the role, there’s no denying that they will always be compared to Jackman, and because of this, it will be tough for them to live up to expectations. So maybe it’s time for us to let go of Wolverine, as Jackman has, and try to give some other X-Men some shine.
After all, there are hundreds of other mutants in the Marvel universe, some who become X-Men and some who don’t, but many with abilities even more awesome than Wolverine’s, as well as interesting, movie-ready origin stories. We’ve got billionaire heirs with wings, mutants who are born part machine, mutants who can transform into steel – just to name a few. The possibilities for great movies are endless, and there are so many characters we’d enjoy watching. So, here are 15 X-Men who definitely deserve their own movies.
Remy LeBeau was kidnapped shortly after he was born by members of the Thieves’ Guild of New Orleans. His mutant powers, the ability to charge small objects with an unknown form of energy, started manifesting in his early teens. In order to make peace between the Thieves’ Guild and their rivals, the Assassins, he marries the granddaughter of the leader of the Assassins. Her brother, Julien, isn’t happy with the marriage, however, and Remy kills him in a fight. Remy is then banished from New Orleans and becomes an international master thief known as Gambit. He becomes part of a mutant assassin group for a while. Then he meets Storm and ends up saving her, which leads him to the X-Men, where he meets Rogue and begins a longstanding relationship with her.
Now, that’s a highly-condensed version of Gambit’s backstory, and already you can see there is so much potential there to create several action-packed movies. We’ve seen a bit of Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch, but of course, the movie didn’t go into much depth about him. Good news is, there is an upcoming standalone Gambit movie – with Channing Tatum portraying the awesome Remy LeBeau. I really want to give Tatum a chance, but, judging by his previous acting roles, is he really the best choice to play Gambit? I guess we’ll have to see. Either way, it will be great to finally see Gambit in his own movie.
Roberto Da Costa was born and raised in Brazil and came from a wealthy family. His mutant abilities manifested one day when he was a teenager, while playing a soccer match against a rival team. He was assaulted by some racist members of the rival team and during the assault, he suddenly transformed into solid black solar energy.
Sunspot’s abilities provide super strength, thermal updrafts so he can fly, projection of heat and light and blasts of solar energy. Soon after, he joins a group of other mutants in order to track down Donald Pierce, the leader of a mutant hate group, who is responsible for his girlfriend, Juliana’s death. They meet up with Professor X who offers to help them control their powers and Sunspot becomes one of the founding members of the group, New Mutants, who are kind of like junior X-Men.
Gabriel Summers is the younger brother of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Alex Summers (Havok). Their parents were captured by the Shi’ar, an alien race, when their mother, Katherine Summers, was pregnant. Scott and Alex were able to get away and Katherine was killed by the Shi’ar. Her unborn baby was placed in a machine which accelerated his growth, turning him into an adolescent. He was then sent to Earth to be a slave. He managed to escape and was taken in by Moira MacTaggert. As he had no memories of where he came from or who he was, she named him Gabriel.
Vulcan has the ability to control and absorb energy of any kind. He becomes part of a mutant team that helps rescue the X-Men after they are captured, but the team die during the mission. The X-Men and Cyclops blame themselves for their death, so Professor X wipes their memories of the incident, also wiping Cyclops’ knowledge of his new-found brother. Vulcan is brought back to life, though, and comes back to reveal Professor X’s betrayal.
Jean-Paul Beaubier and his twin, Jeanne-Marie were orphaned when they are young, after their parents died in a car accident. They were adopted separately and Jean-Paul’s adopted parents were also killed. He became a professional skier and when his mutant abilities developed, he was unbeatable and got bored of skiing because it was no longer a challenge. He rebelled for a while, joining a terrorist group, but decided to leave after he disagreed with the group’s tactics.
He is reunited with his sister when he joins Alpha Flight, a Canadian government sponsored superhero team who are trying to take Wolverine into custody. Northstar has the mutant ability to redirect the kinetic motion of his body molecules, giving him super speed and the ability to fly.
While superhero movies are now often including prominent women and minority characters, unfortunately, there has yet to be an openly gay superhero. Northstar’s origin story is definitely intriguing, and, as he was one of the first superheroes to come out as gay. He definitely deserves his own movie.
Longshot, real name unknown, is an artificially created human from an alternate dimension called ‘Mojoworld’. Longshot was a slave on his planet and led a revolt, which the slaves lost. However, he managed to escape through an interdimensional portal and ended up on Earth, but he has memory loss and cannot remember his real name.
He has the ability to affect probability, which makes him constantly have ‘good luck’, and he takes on the moniker, Longshot, after a few humans call him that. He can also read a person’s memories by touching them, and can read psychic imprints left on objects touched by someone. Longshot eventually returns to Mojoworld to free the other slaves, but fails and is sent back to earth. He joins the X-Men and has a relationship with Dazzler.
Forge’s real name is unknown. He’s a Native American, trained in mystic arts, with the superhuman ability of invention, meaning he can create machines and weapons without having to plan and design them like a normal human being would. He served in the Vietnam War and lost a leg and hand and designed mechanical limbs to replace them.
He is employed by the US government Defense Department when Tony Stark stops making advanced weaponry for the government and he’s asked to design a weapon to detect an alien species called the Dire Wraiths. He then makes a device that neutralises mutant powers. The device is supposed to be used against Rogue but instead removes Storm’s powers. He rescues Storm from drowning and brings her back to his home and feelings develop between the two. When Storm eventually finds out Forge developed the weapon that removed her abilities she leaves him, however, they are later reunited again when battling the Dire Wraiths.
Forge’s backstory alone could make a great movie, but to be honest, his involvement with Storm makes it that more interesting. It would be awesome to see the two romantically involved, and this would also mean we’d get more Storm, who hasn’t been given her own movie yet either, despite being one of the most popular X-Men.
Calvin Rankin was not born a mutant. He accidentally spilled some chemicals from his father’s laboratory on himself and gained the ability to emulate the abilities, powers, physical traits, and knowledge of anyone within close range of him.
He’s actually an enemy to the X-Men, at first, attempting to steal their abilities permanently using a machine. He battles the X-Men in Professor X’s mansion and then takes Marvel Girl as a hostage, taking her to the cave where his father is building the machine, knowing that the rest of the X-Men will come to find her. But the machine fails and his powers are removed. Professor X then wipes his memory and lets him go but his memory returns while he’s in college with Jean Grey and he eventually becomes a member of the X-Men – through blackmail. He’s arrogant and antagonizes the other X-Men, eventually getting expelled after a fight with Cyclops.
I mean, who doesn’t want to watch a movie about a superhero who’s not a moral, perpetually good guy? A character who straddles the line between hero and villain? Yeah, a movie about Mimic needs to happen.
Piotr Rasputin was born on a Soviet collective farm in Russia. His mutant abilities manifested during his teens while saving his sister from a runaway tractor. Professor X then contacted him and asked him to join a second generation X-Men in order to save the original X-Men from the living island, Krakoa. He agreed and Professor X gave him the name, Colossus.
He has the ability to change his body’s tissue into an organic, steel-like material. This gives him superhuman strength and protection from injury. But Colossus is known as a gentle giant as he is often portrayed to be reluctant to hurt or kill, and he often puts himself in danger in order to save others. He also frequently writes letters to his parents in Russia.
Pietro Maximoff is Magneto’s son. This alone makes him a character we’d like to see more of. He and his twin sister, Scarlet Witch, grew up never knowing their father’s identity. Quicksilver has the ability to run at superhuman speeds over great distances. He can run up to 175 mph, and can create a whirlwind by running in a circle. At first, he and his sister fought against the X-Men with Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, they only stayed in the group out of obligation because they felt they owed it to Magneto. When the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is dissolved, they vow to never use their powers for evil again and join the Avengers.
Quicksilver has already been seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse, played by Evan Peters.
He has gained popularity in the film franchises due to Evan Peters’ portrayal of him, and because of one of the best scenes in X-Men: First Class where special effects and slow motion are used to demonstrate his abilities. It’s definitely time Quicksilver gets his own movie. But which actor should play him? Evan Peters, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, or someone else?
Samuel Guthrie is a coal miner in Cumberland, Kentucky. His mutant powers become activated when he becomes trapped in the coal mine one day. He is able to save himself and his fellow worker from the mine. He’s then found by Donald Pierce, who wants to hire him to attack the New Mutants, but Sam is unable to kill them and rebels against Pierce. Professor X sees the good qualities in Sam and asks him to join the New Mutants, where he becomes good friends with Sunspot.
Cannonball has the ability to create thermos-chemical energy and release it from his body in a huge burst – like a Cannon. He also has a force field surrounding his body which gives him superhuman durability.
James Proudstar is the brother of Thunderbird, who was part of the X-Men. When Thunderbird is killed on one of the X-Men missions, James blames Professor X and seeks revenge. He joins Emma Frost’s, Hellions, taking on his brother’s name, Thunderbird. He kidnaps Banshee in order to lure the X-Men to him. However, when he has the chance to kill Professor X he is unable to do it, and Professor X offers him a place in the New Mutants but he declines, going back to the Hellions. When he leaves the Hellions and returns home, he finds his entire Apache tribe murdered and suspects the Hellions did it as punishment for him leaving the team.
He decides to join the New Mutants, hoping to find the Hellions and get his revenge, taking on the name, Warpath. He has superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes and the ability to fly. He is also trained in unarmed combat techniques.
Warpath is a secondary character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, however, his backstory sounds like great material for a revenge-fuelled action movie. Plus, we get a character who battles between being a hero and a villain, and that always makes an interesting movie.
Warren Worthington was born into a billionaire family. His mutant powers are feathered wings that can carry up to twice his weight, give him the ability to fly up to 150mph, enhanced lungs to help him breathe at high altitudes, extraordinary eyesight and special healing qualities. His abilities began manifesting while he was a teenager at private school. He rescued his schoolmates from a fire at the school, dressed in an angel costume to disguise himself. He was thought to be an angel, and so decided to use that as his moniker when he went to New York City and started fighting crime. Professor X soon noticed him and he became one of the original X-Men.
Angel becomes popular with the media due to his handsome features and wealth, and drifts between various super powered teams. While working with one of these teams, X-Factor, his wings become damaged and infected and they have to be amputated. He becomes so depressed that he attempts suicide but is saved by Apocalypse. Apocalypse offers to give him new wings of steel if he agrees to join him and become one of his horsemen.
Angel is in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Apocalypse, but, again, he is only a secondary character. It’s quite surprising that Angel hasn’t been prominent in the movies, actually, being an original member of the X-Men. It’s only right that he gets his own movie.
Jean-Philippe has a really interesting backstory. He was born and raised in an artificial environment called the World, which was designed to create perfect living weapons against the mutant population. It was created by the Weapon Plus Program. The population of the World had their living tissue fused with nanotechnology, and Jean-Philippe’s mother became pregnant with him when she was fertilised with nanomachines, so he’s essentially part machine! His abilities include having three brains, superhuman coordination, endurance, durability, hearing, strength, speed and pain resistance. He also wears a mask that blocks telepathy.
He escapes from the program and asks to stay with Professor X, claiming he’s one of the most wanted thieves in Europe. He then spends his time trying to stop the Weapon X and Weapon Plus Programs before becoming part of Cyclops’ new X-Force team. That sounds like a futuristic action thriller just begging to be made.
Alex Summers is the brother of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Gabriel Summers (Vulcan). He and Scott were strapped to a parachute and pushed out of their private plane by their mother, Katherine Summers, in order to save them while the plane was being attacked by the Shi’ar starship. They were both hurt by the fall but managed to survive. Alex and Scott were then put in an orphanage and were split up when Alex was adopted. The family who adopted him, the Blandings, used him as a replacement for their dead son, Todd.
Havok’s ability is to absorb solar energy and project it, either in an omnidirectional wave or in the form of plasma bolts of intense heat, which cause objects to shatter or burn up. His powers manifested after he was kidnapped by the boy responsible for Todd’s death, and he ended up incinerating him. Alex also joined the X-Men but was constantly in his brother, Cyclops’ shadow, causing him to resent Cyclops.
Lucas Till played Havok in X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, and while he does get some screen time, he’s still a secondary character. We’d love to get an origin movie on Havok – in fact, we’d love an origin movie on Cyclops too, actually.
Joseph, real name unknown, is the clone of Magneto. He has the same ability as Magneto, the ability to control magnetism and magnetic forces, and was created by Astra from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who hoped he would be able to kill the original Magneto.
He joined the X-Men after saving Rogue, and they all believed he was Magneto who had lost his memory somehow, but allowed him to stay anyway. Joseph is constantly thought to be Magneto, causing trouble for the X-Men, because, well, Magneto has many enemies. Eventually, Joseph battles Magneto and is killed by him.
How cool would it be to see two Magnetos on screen, and to see Magneto battling himself? Plus, all the X-Men thinking Joseph is Magneto is bound to cause a lot of confusion, with Joseph trying to convince everyone he’s not Magneto and everyone not believing him. Yeah, we need to make a Joseph movie happen.