Fox started pumping out movies for the X-Men franchise in 2000, beginning with a movie of the same name, and going on to produce two sequels before the first origins film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That movie follows the early life of James Logan Howlett: his life before becoming Wolverine, his time with William Stryker, and the rest of his life before joining the X-Men. In 2013, The Wolverine was released, taking place directly after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Of the characters in the X-Men universe, only Wolverine and Deadpool seem to be important enough to get their own standalone movies. Although a Gambit-centered movie is also on the way for 2017.
In a perfect world, every single X-Man and woman would get their own origins film and backstory to satisfy the insatiable appetite of fans, but it’s not as simple as shooting out 15 movies before the fans go bankrupt from visiting the movie theater every other week. Instead, we can focus on some of the X-Men: Origins stories we still really need, and that fans of the movies, who don’t know the comics all that well, could use some more information about. Of course, Charles Xavier’s story was told well in X-Men: First Class, as well as a bit about a young Mystique, a.k.a. Raven Darkholme, but there’s got to be more to her story than that. And then there is Cyclops, whose ties to Havok still haven’t been addressed. Or Quicksilver’s past with his mutant sister Scarlet Witch.
With Apocalypse less than three months away from its premiere date, it’s possible we could get some answers about characters like Storm and Jean Grey, but they surely won’t be as detailed about the characters as a series of standalone movies would be. So we’ve compiled a list of 12 X-Men Origin Movies We Still Want To See.
Or, Lucas Bishop, for those who are looking to be on a first name basis with the power-absorbing mutant. Fans first glimpsed him in the flesh in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, in a future where Sentinels have taken over the world and successfully hunted down most mutants. Likewise, in the comic books, Bishop exists in the alternate reality that is later erased through the events of the Days of Future Past storyline.
The reason Bishop could do with an origin film of his own is that many viewers haven’t seen enough of him yet. His familial history involves hearing tales of the X-Men from his grandmother, thus prompting him to follow Professor Xavier’s strategy of using his powers for good. His power, the ability to absorb the powers of other mutants and then use them, is an interesting possibility as far as mutant powers go, and one that could likely use some more exploring.
11. Emma Frost
Emma Frost is another mutant who has also appeared as a minor character in an X-Men movie. She had a small role in X-Men: First Class, showcasing her telepathic abilities and her history of working for the bad guys.
In the comics, Emma eventually crosses over to the good side and even ends up teaching at Xavier’s school. But before she can even get close to that, she goes from working under the thumb of mob bosses, to becoming a member of the Hellfire Club, an organization run by the powerful and elite, and eventually ends up running a school of her own, teaching young mutant criminals, before merging it with Xavier’s school to face a common enemy. It would be great to see Emma make that transition from bad to good in a movie of her own.
One of the most defining physical features of Callisto is the cloudy, blinded eye on her tattooed face. But, as her origin story goes, she was once a beautiful and happy girl before she was blinded and disfigured, and it wasn’t long before she realized that the world was different for someone who wasn’t beautiful anymore. Naturally, she then embraced her mutant abilities to locate people and formed the mutant outcast gang, the Morlocks.
Callisto’s origin story would be interesting and unique, as it could explore the underground mutant scene, as shown in X-Men: The Last Stand. It would also be interesting to see where her story currently is, since we saw her demise in The Last Stand, but we could always pick up on her whereabouts in the new timeline
While Storm has been an X-Men fixture for as long as most fans can remember, and has the power to control the weather to a serious degree, there is still so much that viewers haven’t been able to see yet.
True, a younger Storm will be in X-Men: Apocalypse, potentially as a villain, following Apocalypse as one of his four horsemen. This shows that there is much more to her story than merely meeting and then working with Charles Xavier. Like most mutants, her origin story is likely one filled with feelings of confusion, of being something of an outcast, and of being a villain before becoming a hero.
Kurt Wagner’s life before he “becomes” Nightcrawler is one filled with gypsies, fortune tellers, circuses, and sorcerers. So, in short, the sort of origin story that would not only hold viewer’s interest for the requisite two-hour running time, but also come across well on screen. Especially as it is the sort of back story very much unlike the typical stories of the other X-Men mutants.
In fact, Nightcrawler was found as an infant after his mother, Mystique, got rid of him when an enraged mob learned of his existence and wanted to come for him. That’s right – he has real ties to the core group of mutants that X-Men fans are so familiar with today, making his origin story important to the other X-Men too. The version of Nightcrawler featured in X2: X-Men United had no connection to Mystique, but this is another inconsistency that could be changed in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
7. Kitty Pryde
Also known as Shadowcat, Kitty Pryde, like most young mutants, became aware of her power while living a normal small town life. But after discovering her ability to move through solid matter, Charles Xavier recruited her for both his school and for his X-Men team.
Due to her eventual affiliations with the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy and S.H.I.E.L.D., Kitty Pryde may very well lead one of the most complicated mutant “careers,” in that she has always sought new and challenging ways to help mutants like herself. Getting to see this sort of adventure in an movie of her own would give fans the opportunity to see all of her adventures and the evolution of her powers.
With the mutant ability to cover his body in a thick metal material, Colossus, or Peter Rasputin, might be one of the strongest X-Men to date, and it is even displayed just how strong he is when, in X2, he provides a human shield by taking bullets when Stryker’s men invade the school in the middle of the night.
The story of Colossus as a kid goes back to Russia in the 1980s, where he was born after the fallout from Chernobyl. Mutant babies’ powers were manifesting themselves earlier than the powers of other mutant kids at the time, and Rasputin was no exception. Since he grew up trying to control his power and undoubtedly felt confusion over his clear difference from the other kids, Colossus’ story would make for another important X-Men origins story that hasn’t yet been explored too deeply.
Scott Summers has the kind of the mutant ability that makes it next to impossible to live a normal life, unlike Professor X and Wolverine, because he is never able to appear “normal” on the outside.
Scott, a.k.a. Cyclops, has had to wear special rose quartz sunglasses at all times, lest his eyes should shoot out beams capable of taking down full construction cranes with just a moment’s notice. Being that Cyclops was one of Xavier’s first students-turned-X-Men, an origins movie in order to really examine his journey to Charles and the school would be most important to see, as well as the childhood and adolescence of an X-Man who grew up unable to hide any of his mutant components.
The thing about Havok, a.k.a. Alex Summers, is that in comic world, he and Scott (Cyclops) are very much related and are, in fact, brothers. It has even been confirmed that their lineage will be addressed in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, so an origin movie for Havok, too, would certainly help clear some things up. He is also an energy-absorber, making it possible to absorb radiation and then shoot it from his body in red blasts not unlike those of his brother’s rose quartz-colored eye “lasers.”
In the timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Havok actually dies, leaving little room for a future appearance. But since X-Men: Days of Future Past pretty much rewrites history, he may deserve an origin story of his own, if only to focus on his relationship with his brother, who is huge present-day X-Men player, just as Havok is seen in the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer to be Xavier’s right hand man.
Cable, bron Nathan Summers, has yet to make his big screen debut, but that may be because of his importance to the stories of Jean Grey and Cyclops, who will finally be introduced as their younger versions in X-Men: Apocalypse. In the Marvel universe, Cable is the actual son of Scott and a clone of Jean Grey, but after her clone is killed and Jean reunites with Scott, Apocalypse arrives to inject Cable with a virus that literally turns flesh to mechanical robotics until it simply eats it alive and kills the host.
But before the virus can totally consume Cable, Askani arrives to ask to take him to the future, where he can be healed and his mutant parents oblige and Cable is eventually safely sent to the 20th century. But while Cable hasn’t yet appeared in the X-Men film world, he is slated to be in Deadpool 2, as a sort of partner for Mr. Pool, meaning that his importance in the film-verse just got upped ten-fold, making him the perfect candidate for an origin film of his own.
While it’s true that fans have seen Mystique’s beginnings as a young shape-shifting kid in X-Men: First Class, we still haven’t really learned anything about her. In that film, she is the best friend and closest confidant to Charles, and remains an integral part of his team (at least, until the events of Days of Future Past).
But being that she is so important in the X-Men world and a popular visual figure, particularly in her “natural” blue form, it only makes sense that she, too, should get her own origin movie to explain where she came from, how she found out that she may be one of the most important mutants, via that unique power, and how she got to England to break into a young Charles Xavier’s home.
Since his debut in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver has become something of a fan favorite. Of course, it helps that X-Men afforded him a slow-mo scene to end all slow-mo scenes, but when Charles and Logan come upon him for the first time, viewers already get a glimpse of how he has used his powers for the good of fun, as opposed to mankind, and that is part of his charm. Unlike the alternate version of the character shown in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the X-Men version hasn’t yet been shown to have a mutant sister, Scarlet Witch, but it’s possible she could make an appearance in an origins movie.
Either way, Quicksilver has a fascinating origin that would make for a great movie in its own right. We’d love to see more of his story before Charles found him in DOFP.
Can you think of any other X-Men who should get their own origin movies? Let us know in the comments!