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X-Men Who Deserve Spinoffs
February 10, 2017
This spring, 20th Century Fox will be wrapping up the spinoff Wolverine series that has run alongside its X-Men franchise. We’ve already talked about why you need to see Logan, which will be Hugh Jackman’s final time playing Wolverine, and in all likelihood this will be the last solo project for the character—at least for many years. But that doesn’t mean it will be the last “side project” X-Men film. Logan is likely going to be a very popular release, and in 2016 Deadpool was such a surprise hit that it earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture! Given these successes, it seems logical that Fox would attempt to spin off other X-Men characters for solo films and franchises.
Given that possibility, here are a few characters that come to mind.
Okay, we’re cheating a little bit with this first one. There have been rumors of a Gambit spinoff for a little while now, and apparently the project is still in the works. We don’t know a whole lot about it, but Channing Tatum is going to be playing the titular character with the project doubtless looking to follow in Deadpool’s footsteps. This only seems to strengthen the case for further standalone movies and side series.
It goes without saying that Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique is among the most popular characters from the X-Men films. Despite occasional rumors that the star actress would like to ease her way out of the superhero franchise game, she appears to be dedicated to the character, and always seems to be involved in the most interesting parts of the movies. Throw in the fact that countless fans have been clamoring for more female leads in superhero projects for years now, and we have the perfect fit. This one seems like a no-brainer for Fox.
The role of Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler was initially introduced X2: X-Men United and was played by Alan Cumming but the character was rebooted in last years’ X-Men: Apocalypse with Kodi Smit-McPhee in the role. It was a bizarre take on a very interesting character who’s largely been absent from modern X-Men entertainment. Strangely enough, he’s actually front and center on a slot machine game based on the X-Men movies that features a number of different comic book heroes and villains from the Marvel comic. In addition to this slot reel, Nightcrawler was also added to the mobile game Marvel: Contest Of Champions not too long ago. A lot of modern fans are just getting to know him, and as one of the more mysterious and extraordinary X-Men, he could lead the way in a very unique side project.
This idea might not quite gel with the idea of side films given that on some level, most of the recent X-Men movies have really been Magneto movies. At their cores, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and even X-Men: Apocalypse were really about the struggles between Magneto and Professor X. The two characters are always trying to balance their friendship with their conflicting ideologies regarding mutants’ place in the world. But in between their struggles, Magneto seems to disappear into the world to live on his own. Apocalypse gave us an idea of what happens during these intervals, but it could be fun to see a full movie’s worth of Michael Fassbender’s Magneto out on his own.
X-23 is basically a young, female clone of Wolverine, and a lot of people view her as a somewhat underrated X-Men character. She’s been ranked as one of the coolest of the bunch, and we’re about to get our first look at her in Logan. Dafne Keen will play the role of Laura Kinney/X-23, and judging by the trailers, she’ll be something of a protégé for the aging Wolverine. She might make for the most natural next phase of X-Men spinoffs should Fox decide they want to continue with something resembling the Wolverine saga. Jackman is done, but if Keen is a hit, X-23’s story could just be beginning!
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