With it recently revealed that a Kitty Pryde solo movie is in the works, it’s clear 20th Century Fox isn’t planning on slowing down the development of new X-Men movies in the wake of their buyout by Disney – so who else should they be working on giving a standalone film?
While the nearly two decades of the X-Men franchise so far have mostly focused on the main team and Wolverine, 2016 saw the studio finally test the waters of new characters with Deadpool (who’d had a part to play in Origins: Wolverine but was so poorly handled few if any casual viewers remembered). That movie’s breakout success, along with the acclaim for last year’s Logan, seems to have emboldened the studio to explore even more avenues.
Fox now has a number of X-Men films in the works, including solo films for Gambit, a Multiple Man movie starring James Franco, and the continuation of the Deadpool franchise later this year. While a few of the solo outings, including Kitty Pryde, have taken fans by surprise, Fox has a huge stable of established characters that they could easily spin-off into exciting and innovative movies that continue the achievements of Logan and Deadpool.
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Kitty Pryde has featured in the X-Men movies (and Multiple Man had an appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand as well), but Storm has been a part of the team since the beginning. Though fans were never thrilled with Halle Berry’s interpretation of the character or the decision to remove her African roots and accent, Storm was nevertheless an essential part of the team in the original trilogy. More recently, she returned in her younger guise in X-Men: Apocalypse played by Alexandra Shipp. The actor’s profile has only risen since then, and she may just be the perfect person to lead a Storm spinoff film.
It might be too late to explore more of Ororo’s origins as a street thief, but a plot that sends her back to Africa to explore a mystery from her past could be a great way to pull the young X-Man away from her team and tie more elements in from her origin. We could even see her confront the Shadow King like in the comics and animated X-Men series (although that villain is currently causing trouble on Legion). If nothing else, perhaps Storm will be rebooted for the MCU and given a solo movie before she heads off to Wakanda to set eyes on her on-and-off sweetheart the Black Panther.
A Magneto solo movie doesn’t just sound cool from a thematic and character standpoint, but was actually once in the early stages of development. Back before X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there was steady talk of a Magneto story that would explore his youth and time in a concentration camp. Over the years, news slowly trickled in, but the failure of the first Wolverine seemed to end the prospect. Then, X-Men: First Class arrived and essentially told the same story as part of an ensemble piece. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto has now completed three “origin” arcs that detail the years before he became one of the biggest of bads. Unfortunately, those movies have been so packed full of mutants and plot lines just like their predecessors, meaning even the more intriguing elements of Magneto’s story have been sandwiched in amongst larger threats and smaller threads.
Magneto is an incredibly complex villain who has seen the true horrors of humanity and desperately wants to save his people from a similar fate. Whether a Magento solo movie was contemporary to the ongoing X-Men films or further explored his past, there’s no shortage of places the film could go in terms of diving into the multi-faceted antagonist.
When it comes to an X-Men spinoff movie, X-23 seems like a no-brainer for a lead. Logan may have been a swansong for Wolverine and Hugh Jackman (not to mention Patrick Stewart’s Professor X), but it also introduced the world to Dafne Keen and her take on Laura Kinney. Debuting in the animated series X-Men: Evolution, X-23 is the successful clone of Wolverine and may just beat him when it comes to traumatic upbringing. Eventually, her dark and complex story would be told across multiple comic series before she joined the X-Men, X-Force, and other Marvel characters.
Logan took some liberties with her origin, but many of the key points were kept alive. She has a ferocious nature, claws on her hands and feet, and had a brutal upbringing full of experimentation and assassin training. Fox (and even Disney) will likely take some time before recasting Wolverine, but there’s no need with Keen as X-23. Not only does she hit many of the best points of the popular mutant, but she’s even taken his mantle and costume in the comics. We know Logan director James Mangold wants to make an X-23 movie, so it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a reality.
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