The new period-set X-Men movie trilogy that began with First Class continues to help reintroduce new versions of characters previously seen in the series. X-Men: First Class covered the origins of Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, and their School for Gifter Youngsters; X-Men: Days of Future Past reintroduced characters including Toad and William Stryker; and X-Men: Apocalypse aims to restart the classic X-Men team with a new Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm. But that’s not all.
While next year’s Deadpool and Gambit spinoff movies will reintroduce the titular characters from their first appearances in the forget-it-ever-happened X-Men Origins: Wolverine, another character from that story will also make a renewed appearance next year in cinemas: The Blob.
The Blob (real name: Fred Dukes) was played by Kevin Durand in the Wolverine origin movie where moviegoers met the mutant villain before he grew to the enormous size he’s known for in Marvel Comics and animated series. In X-Men: Apocalypse, we just learned over the weekend from Benjamin Malartre who visited the set and saw footage of the film that The Blob is going to be in the movie as well. Writer-producer Simon Kinberg wasn’t kidding when he promised Apocalypse would be even bigger than Days of Future Past:
Back from the #footage of #akkaba #xmenapocalypse at #montreal #mtl #canada #quebec 4 crazy days with #benhardy #JenniferLawrence #cody aka #nightcrawler and #thebeast #beast with also #blob too man I will remember those days for the rest of my life !!! Thanks #melsstudios. Folks be rdy for May 26 2016 :P #marvel
In responding to questions in the Instagram comments, Malartre said that The Blob is played by a local French Canadian actor who weighs approximately 540 lbs but we’ve not heard confirmation on this yet.
The Blob is another key character from the Brotherhood of Mutants. With Magneto, Toad, and Mystique all in the movies, we can start to see how Michael Fassbender’s version of Magneto can eventually form his own team who battled Xavier’s X-Men over the years. As for what role The Blob could possibly play, expect little more than a cameo. There are too many characters and too much ground to cover story-wise to flesh out the added mutant supporting characters. Even Caliban and The Morlocks are in the movie too, on top of all the added main X-Men characters and returning stars from the previous two movies.
The Blob, as he was depicted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is super strong as a result of mutant power which makes his heavy, pliable skin almost indestructible. He’s generally a bully and a villain.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Header edited from Generation M Vol 1 #3 covert art by Stuart Immonen.
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