12Dazzler – Alison Blaire
Born to a free-spirited entertainer and an uptight law student, Alison Blaire’s upbringing was the opposite of her mutant namesake. A clash of personalities led to her mother walking out on her as a toddler, leaving her father to raise her in his own image. She wanted to be
a singer, but he desired a lawyer for a daughter. That familial conflict alone is grounds for a decent coming-of-age film and it’s not even the most interesting part of her story.
Allison discovered her power to transform sonic vibrations in her body into beams of light while performing at a middle school dance. In an effort to protect herself, she blinds the audience and carries this secret ability into adulthood. Plenty of origin stories lean on a superhero’s desire to be normal and fit in, but Allison’s would be different. As an adult, she accepts her powers and uses them as a way to enhance her performances. She even catches the eye of both the X-Men and Hellfire Club, who wish to recruit her into their respective groups. A solo Dazzler venture would be filled with the fun and musicality of Jem and the Holograms (the TV series, not that live action abomination), along with the internal conflict and sense of wonder of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film.