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05.23.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 X-Men Who Need Their Own Movie

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST hits theaters today with the largest cast of superheroes ever assembled in a single film. With such a long history in comic book form, the X-Men have always had a huge roster to fill multiple teams. On the big screen, we have only seen spin-off films for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but there are many others as deserving of their own solo adventures. Here is our list of the ten most deserving, some of whom we have seen in the X-MEN movies and others who would be making their debut. See if you agree and, if not, voice your reasons in the talk back below.

Honorable Mention - Deadpool

Not technically an X-Man, Deadpool is a fan favorite that everyone has been dying to see get a movie. While we have been teased with a less than faithful version of the Merc in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, Ryan Reynolds is confident he will get the chance to bring a true adaptation of the character to a theater near you. And soon!

#10 - Husk

One of my favorite X-Men, Husk has the ability to shed her skin and reveal a new layer made of stone or metal underneath. There are so many great female characters in the X-Men comics you could almost make an all female squad that would be worthy of a solo film. Bring in Rogue, Jubilee, and a couple of others and you have a movie I would see.

#9 - Colossus & Darkchilde/Magik

The Rasputin siblings, Illyana and Piotr, are better known to fans as Colossus and Magik. Magik, who eventually takes a darker form known as Darkchilde, could make for an intriguing duo in their own film. Usually supporting characters, the abilities of both could make them interesting opponents in a big screen outing or a solid team to go against some villains.

#8 - Psylocke

Betsy Braddock was at one point the female Captain Britain, but it wasn't until she gained the telepathic skills of Jean Grey coupled with the ninja talents of Kwannon that she became Psylocke. With Jean Grey killed off in the X-MEN film series, moving her abilities to a new character would make logical sense. This could be a jumping off point in a solo movie that segues into a new Wolverine or X-MEN team movie. Plus, there are plenty of sexy actresses who would be perfect for this role.

#7 - Mystique

Already a topic of rumor due to Jennifer Lawrence's popularity, a solo movie for Mystique could work a lot like Wolverine's solo adventures. As such a borderline hero/villain, you could turn Mystique either way for her own film. Plus, her shape-shifting abilities also leaves the door open for a potential Rebecca Romjin cameo or even a recasting should Lawrence want to move on.

#6 - Magneto

A Magneto origin movie was announced back when Wolverine got his first solo film but it never came to fruition. But, with Michael Fassbender killing it as the young Erik Lensheer, I don't know if I can picture anyone else in the part. With that being said, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS teased a very interesting period in the young life of the man before he became Magneto as he hunted down the Nazis responsible for his torture and the death of his mother. I would love to see MAGNETO: NAZI HUNTER, wouldn't you?

#5 - Beast

Ever since Kelsey Grammer played Hank McCoy in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, I have hoped to see him get an INCREDIBLE HULK style solo movie. Nicholas Hoult has evolved the role in the latest films but there is still a three decade period of time where the big blue guy could have wandered the Earth to find himself and gotten mixed up in one adventure or another.

#4 - Gambit

Yes, I know Channing Tatum is locked in to play the Cajun card-slinger, but that doesn't mean the movie isn't any less anticipated. The producers are being smart and rolling the new, non-Taylor Kitsch version out in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but the solo movie needs to be done right. Gambit, if handled poorly, could be incredibly cheesy. Make it a noir film set in New Orleans and you have a winner.

#3 - Nightcrawler

Alan Cumming knocked the role of Nightcrawler out of the park in X2: X-MEN UNITED and it is a shame we haven't seen him since. In the comics, Nightcrawler is the child of Mystique and Azazel, two characters in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. While the fate of Azazel may not allow for him to be the cinematic father of Nightcrawler, there is definitely room for a new origin on the big screen.

#2 - Cable

A member of the New Mutants and X-Force, there is a lot of room for Cable on the big screen. A leader very different than Xavier but also a good foil for Wolverine, Cable has a long and complicated past that would make for an intriguing origin story in a feature film. While the odds are high he will appear in the developing X-FORCE movie, I think Cable is more than capable of carrying his own movie.

#1 - Cyclops

James Marsden may not have been the perfect Cyclops, but he showed only a small percentage of just how much the character could be. There is so much that could be done with Scott Summers, with or without Jean Grey, that it is a shame he was killed off in THE LAST STAND. Someone needs to work some magic with time travel and bring Cyclops back because there is only so much leadership you can put on Wolverine before he snaps.

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10:09PM on 05/25/2014

The Can Be Only One

Cable. He's the only one on this list worthy of a stand alone flick.
Cable. He's the only one on this list worthy of a stand alone flick.
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4:11PM on 05/25/2014
What does Illyana Rasputin have to do with Husk?
What does Illyana Rasputin have to do with Husk?
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7:54PM on 05/24/2014

Nope

With the exception of maybe, maaaaaaaaybe, Magneto...none of these characters need their own movie. With the exception of Cable, none of them have even had their own comic series, except for a couple of mini-series. And Cable barely makes sense in the comics, a movie would be a disaster.

I mean, Marvel doesn't even think Cyclops should have his own series because he has no right to exist outside of X-Men. None.
With the exception of maybe, maaaaaaaaybe, Magneto...none of these characters need their own movie. With the exception of Cable, none of them have even had their own comic series, except for a couple of mini-series. And Cable barely makes sense in the comics, a movie would be a disaster.

I mean, Marvel doesn't even think Cyclops should have his own series because he has no right to exist outside of X-Men. None.
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4:35AM on 05/24/2014
I'm 100% down with your #1 choice!

But...

The rest of the list is weak, if anything Beast and Mystique should have their own film together, rewrite Beast as Nightcrawlers father, it fins continuity enough for X-Men standards.

I think the best plan of action for solo X-Men movies... Or even future X-Men films in general is to feature 2-3 Mutants going on solo missions. slowly introduce the more fantasy and science fiction elements from the comics. Savage Land would be a cool place to
I'm 100% down with your #1 choice!

But...

The rest of the list is weak, if anything Beast and Mystique should have their own film together, rewrite Beast as Nightcrawlers father, it fins continuity enough for X-Men standards.

I think the best plan of action for solo X-Men movies... Or even future X-Men films in general is to feature 2-3 Mutants going on solo missions. slowly introduce the more fantasy and science fiction elements from the comics. Savage Land would be a cool place to take a smaller group to, see X-Men fighting dinosaurs on the big screen would be epic.
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4:14AM on 05/24/2014

I saw this movie.

Before or around the same time they announced X:Men Origins: Wolverine they announced X-Men Origins Magneto, which started early production and maybe even had a director attatached. I remember reading that, that screenplay was re-written and became X-Men: First Class.

Yes Fassbender Does rule, but I'm fine with not seeing Magneto return for a few movies, but when he does they should only use Fassbender not both versions.
Before or around the same time they announced X:Men Origins: Wolverine they announced X-Men Origins Magneto, which started early production and maybe even had a director attatached. I remember reading that, that screenplay was re-written and became X-Men: First Class.

Yes Fassbender Does rule, but I'm fine with not seeing Magneto return for a few movies, but when he does they should only use Fassbender not both versions.
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2:34AM on 05/24/2014

I'm still shocked...

...at the shafting that Psylocke has took in the x-men movies so far. I fully expect her to appear in the third wolverine movie and/or the x-force movie otherwise I'll be pissed. (and no that WAS NOT Psylocke in X3)
...at the shafting that Psylocke has took in the x-men movies so far. I fully expect her to appear in the third wolverine movie and/or the x-force movie otherwise I'll be pissed. (and no that WAS NOT Psylocke in X3)
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8:00PM on 05/23/2014
Gambit is my favorite superhero and would love a solo movie. The only problem is Channing Tatum. He doesn't fit the character. They need someone who can play mysterious and a little dark.
Gambit is my favorite superhero and would love a solo movie. The only problem is Channing Tatum. He doesn't fit the character. They need someone who can play mysterious and a little dark.
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7:56PM on 05/23/2014
We''ve already seen him half a dozen times and know a lot about him. Do we really need a solo movie?
We''ve already seen him half a dozen times and know a lot about him. Do we really need a solo movie?
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7:51PM on 05/23/2014
She's a cool character, but not enough to make a whole movie around.
She's a cool character, but not enough to make a whole movie around.
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1:54PM on 05/23/2014

crap list

best X-Men solo film would be Longshot
best X-Men solo film would be Longshot
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11:28AM on 05/23/2014
That's a picture of Magik. Husk is such a forgettable character, her picture is easily mistaken.
That's a picture of Magik. Husk is such a forgettable character, her picture is easily mistaken.
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10:44AM on 05/23/2014
Eh... I could see this. I don't think it's really necessary and it'd be tough to do it well considering how in the films there's like a 30 year age gap between Havok and Cyclops. I guess they could combine the characters of Havok and Corsair and just make him Cyclops' dad instead of his brother like he is in the comics? I liek Cyclops,and it'd be nice to finally see the character get his due in the films, I just think they've kind of screwed themselves in terms of how they've treated the canon
Eh... I could see this. I don't think it's really necessary and it'd be tough to do it well considering how in the films there's like a 30 year age gap between Havok and Cyclops. I guess they could combine the characters of Havok and Corsair and just make him Cyclops' dad instead of his brother like he is in the comics? I liek Cyclops,and it'd be nice to finally see the character get his due in the films, I just think they've kind of screwed themselves in terms of how they've treated the canon so far, if they want to pull off this one.
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10:42AM on 05/23/2014

This one actually makes sense

Cable is far from my favorite X-Men character, but truth be told, I really don't think any of my favorites need spinoffs (Shadowcat, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Longshot). Cable has an interesting enough backstory that intersects with enough other character's and the potential leading man type role that would actually justify something like and not just make it feel like a cheap cash-grab.
Cable is far from my favorite X-Men character, but truth be told, I really don't think any of my favorites need spinoffs (Shadowcat, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Longshot). Cable has an interesting enough backstory that intersects with enough other character's and the potential leading man type role that would actually justify something like and not just make it feel like a cheap cash-grab.
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10:40AM on 05/23/2014
Nightcrawler's a super cool character, but even so, I really don't feel the character justifies his own solo film.
Nightcrawler's a super cool character, but even so, I really don't feel the character justifies his own solo film.
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10:38AM on 05/23/2014
The only solo film on this list so far that I really feel is even close to necessary. Still not quite necessary, but close to it. If they're going to make solo films let it be him or Cable.
The only solo film on this list so far that I really feel is even close to necessary. Still not quite necessary, but close to it. If they're going to make solo films let it be him or Cable.
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10:36AM on 05/23/2014
Bad idea.... yeah, the Hulk idea doesn't fit with the comics at all, or even with the previous films. The world does not really need a Beast film.
Bad idea.... yeah, the Hulk idea doesn't fit with the comics at all, or even with the previous films. The world does not really need a Beast film.
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10:35AM on 05/23/2014
A Magneto spinoff could be cool, but I think even this is still pretty unnecessary.
A Magneto spinoff could be cool, but I think even this is still pretty unnecessary.
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10:34AM on 05/23/2014
She really doesn't need her own film, either.
She really doesn't need her own film, either.
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10:34AM on 05/23/2014
Aside from Shadowcat, Psyclocks is my favorite female member of the team, and if they were to start coming out with an endless stream of solo projects, they could do a lot worse than her, but even so she by no means "needs" a solo film. As she actually is done proper justice (rather than her The Last Stand appearance) in Apocalypse or some other future film, I'm fine.
Aside from Shadowcat, Psyclocks is my favorite female member of the team, and if they were to start coming out with an endless stream of solo projects, they could do a lot worse than her, but even so she by no means "needs" a solo film. As she actually is done proper justice (rather than her The Last Stand appearance) in Apocalypse or some other future film, I'm fine.
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10:32AM on 05/23/2014

Colossus is one of my favorites, but he really doesn't need his own movie

And that goes double for his sister, although I really would like to see her show up in one of the future films.
And that goes double for his sister, although I really would like to see her show up in one of the future films.
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10:30AM on 05/23/2014

Case in point.

There are not 10 X-Men characters that need their own spinoffs, lease of all Husk.
There are not 10 X-Men characters that need their own spinoffs, lease of all Husk.
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10:29AM on 05/23/2014

I really don't think there are 10 X-Men characters who deserve/need their own spinoff.

Deadpool, Cable and possibly Gambit and really that's it. Yeah, there are some other cool characters, but as awesome as they are people like Nightcrawler, Colossus and Psylocke really don't need their own spinoff. At all.
Deadpool, Cable and possibly Gambit and really that's it. Yeah, there are some other cool characters, but as awesome as they are people like Nightcrawler, Colossus and Psylocke really don't need their own spinoff. At all.
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10:12AM on 05/23/2014
if cable isnt in the apocalypse movie then they are wasting everyones time, also he should be played by stephen lang
if cable isnt in the apocalypse movie then they are wasting everyones time, also he should be played by stephen lang
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11:15PM on 05/23/2014
I was thinking David Hasselhoff. ;)
I was thinking David Hasselhoff. ;)
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9:53AM on 05/23/2014
This is the worst top 10 list I've read on this site. The only characters who would maybe have their own solo films are Deadpool, Colussus and magic (tho that's not a solo film), and maybe cable. Now, I def believe and want cyclops and gambit and others to each be the center of an xmen movie - their stories - but not a straight solo film at all. A beast solo film like the Incredible Hulk? That's a terrible idea. I'd also like Sabertooth and Juggernaut given more substance
This is the worst top 10 list I've read on this site. The only characters who would maybe have their own solo films are Deadpool, Colussus and magic (tho that's not a solo film), and maybe cable. Now, I def believe and want cyclops and gambit and others to each be the center of an xmen movie - their stories - but not a straight solo film at all. A beast solo film like the Incredible Hulk? That's a terrible idea. I'd also like Sabertooth and Juggernaut given more substance
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9:52AM on 05/23/2014
Would love to see this. Since he really hasn't been a big part of the films just yet, it would be nice to see him get his own origins film because of that fact. But I agree with the posts below, that he should have been then X-Men leader since the first film. He's a lot more badass and great then people or at least comic book readers and fans give the character credit for.
Would love to see this. Since he really hasn't been a big part of the films just yet, it would be nice to see him get his own origins film because of that fact. But I agree with the posts below, that he should have been then X-Men leader since the first film. He's a lot more badass and great then people or at least comic book readers and fans give the character credit for.
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9:48AM on 05/23/2014
This is one of the more solo films I'm really anticipating. Gambit has always been on of my favorite X-Men characters behind Wolverine and Cyclops, and I'm excited to see Gambit make another appearance since the timeline is fixed. He'll probably show up in Apocalypse and then get his own solo origins film after.
This is one of the more solo films I'm really anticipating. Gambit has always been on of my favorite X-Men characters behind Wolverine and Cyclops, and I'm excited to see Gambit make another appearance since the timeline is fixed. He'll probably show up in Apocalypse and then get his own solo origins film after.
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9:46AM on 05/23/2014
What? The Incredible Hulk style film? ...you didn't read the comics, or watch the movies I take it. Beast is smart, maybe smart enough to come up with a plan to beat hulk like batman vs superman. But he doesn't stand a shot fighting him. The best he can hope for is injecting him with something that neutralizes him.
What? The Incredible Hulk style film? ...you didn't read the comics, or watch the movies I take it. Beast is smart, maybe smart enough to come up with a plan to beat hulk like batman vs superman. But he doesn't stand a shot fighting him. The best he can hope for is injecting him with something that neutralizes him.
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9:45AM on 05/23/2014
I don't see what else they could do with Fassbender's Magneto at this point after doing such a great job with his origin storylines with First Class and Days of Future Past.
I don't see what else they could do with Fassbender's Magneto at this point after doing such a great job with his origin storylines with First Class and Days of Future Past.
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9:43AM on 05/23/2014
This I would pay to see and would make for an excellent comic book film.

If it were successful enough, maybe it would tempt Marvel and DC to make a solo Black Widow and Wonder Woman film.
This I would pay to see and would make for an excellent comic book film.

If it were successful enough, maybe it would tempt Marvel and DC to make a solo Black Widow and Wonder Woman film.
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9:40AM on 05/23/2014
I think eventually we'll see a Deadpool movie. The character is too popular among us fans and the fact that Reynolds is still attached means a lot towards getting the film made eventually.
I think eventually we'll see a Deadpool movie. The character is too popular among us fans and the fact that Reynolds is still attached means a lot towards getting the film made eventually.
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9:38AM on 05/23/2014
A really good performance.
A really good performance.
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9:24AM on 05/23/2014

SPOILER

Yeah, I know, the simple fact that I write 'spoiler' IS a spoiler, but I don't know how to put it otherwise...
Anyway, with both Jean and Scott back after the events of DoFP, it shouldn't be THAT hard to introduce Cable and make a Cyke's origins story (in this version, Havoc will be is father, obviously. So they can go from X-Men Apocalypse, and his connection to Cable and treat it with a non-linear narration of a time travel story, or something).
Yeah, I know, the simple fact that I write 'spoiler' IS a spoiler, but I don't know how to put it otherwise...
Anyway, with both Jean and Scott back after the events of DoFP, it shouldn't be THAT hard to introduce Cable and make a Cyke's origins story (in this version, Havoc will be is father, obviously. So they can go from X-Men Apocalypse, and his connection to Cable and treat it with a non-linear narration of a time travel story, or something).
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9:17AM on 05/23/2014
I'd pay money for this.
I'd pay money for this.
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9:09AM on 05/23/2014
I agree with Cable and x-force. Throw Omar sy back in as bishop and I'm sold
I agree with Cable and x-force. Throw Omar sy back in as bishop and I'm sold
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9:00AM on 05/23/2014
I've always been a fan of Sunspot and Magma from the New Mutants. I also think Sunfire is ripe for the big screen, I feel like there is a lot of room for his character to be explored (but it's possible I feel that way mainly because I feel in general there aren't enough Asians in Hollywood movies)
I've always been a fan of Sunspot and Magma from the New Mutants. I also think Sunfire is ripe for the big screen, I feel like there is a lot of room for his character to be explored (but it's possible I feel that way mainly because I feel in general there aren't enough Asians in Hollywood movies)
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8:31AM on 05/23/2014
X-Men isn't X-Men without Cyclops, they should have already fixed this properly in First Class, since he should be in said class, he is an original, people say it's ok to mix things up a bit, other wise where is the originality, but if they could actually get him right and make the effort, there will be a hell of a lot more people watching these films.

Cyclops is natural leader, a battlefield genius, he can fight, has one F'ed up power that has effected him since childhood and has one hell
X-Men isn't X-Men without Cyclops, they should have already fixed this properly in First Class, since he should be in said class, he is an original, people say it's ok to mix things up a bit, other wise where is the originality, but if they could actually get him right and make the effort, there will be a hell of a lot more people watching these films.

Cyclops is natural leader, a battlefield genius, he can fight, has one F'ed up power that has effected him since childhood and has one hell of a back story with his brother and parents etc, a completely wasted resource in every X-men movie so far.
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8:14AM on 05/23/2014
Rather not see him in a standalone movie, he should have been the outright leader of the X-Men from day one. Definitely Gambit and Cable are the most interesting to do.
Rather not see him in a standalone movie, he should have been the outright leader of the X-Men from day one. Definitely Gambit and Cable are the most interesting to do.
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8:08AM on 05/23/2014
Netforce suggested Pom Klementieff. [link] A thousand times yes!
Netforce suggested Pom Klementieff. [link] A thousand times yes!
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8:07AM on 05/23/2014
I think that there's endless potential for a Deadpool film. However, a lot of the humour of the character is based around irreverent pop culture references, and that works fine for a weekly comic (things like Deadpool doing the Gangnam Style on a cover) but I can't help but feel that that sort of humour in a movie will inevitably date the end product.
I think that there's endless potential for a Deadpool film. However, a lot of the humour of the character is based around irreverent pop culture references, and that works fine for a weekly comic (things like Deadpool doing the Gangnam Style on a cover) but I can't help but feel that that sort of humour in a movie will inevitably date the end product.
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7:58AM on 05/23/2014

no thanks to cyclops

i find him boring. not a fan of him in comics as a kid or in the movies.
i find him boring. not a fan of him in comics as a kid or in the movies.
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7:47AM on 05/23/2014
YES!
YES!
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7:34AM on 05/23/2014
Psylocke or Deadpool but i`d love X-23 movie or she shows up in the 3rd Wolverine.
Psylocke or Deadpool but i`d love X-23 movie or she shows up in the 3rd Wolverine.
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