5 X-Men Plots That Should Be Used in the Next Movie Rather Than the Dark Phoenix Story

As much as I love the whole Dark Phoenix storyline we’ve already seen it screwed up cinematically once, so why repeat that mistake with the next movie as they are purportedly doing? So I came up with five storylines, that I think would be great to use in the next movie. 

5. Necrosha X – the immortal evil mutant Selene seeks to become a goddess and uses the Technarch transmode virus to reanimate dead X-Men and X-foes to aid her. This story was widespread in its events and consequences and helped bring back some long-missed heroes and villains. Not to mention that Selene was the ideal villain – charismatic, beautiful, ruthless and totally dangerous. While not the strongest of my five contenders I still maintain this would make an enjoyable movie and would be a nice change from the “typical” stories.1. M-Day/House of M - Scarlet Witch uses her magic to alter reality so that there are almost no mutants in existence anymore, instead creating a Utopian society in which every character gets what they secretly want the most. When the Utopian reality is shattered, there are almost no mutants left in the world – 198 to be exact. The ramifications of this act were huge – we saw former mutants trying to survive without their powers, some successfully and others to their severe detriment. Also a problem – no new mutants were being born, effectively ending the existence of mutants once the few survivors died. I can’t tell you how much I hated this storyline because I love my mutants, but regardless it was a huge shakeup and brought the mutants back to their roots of being “hated and feared.” The plight was real again, and in fact worse – even Beast compromised himself by approaching enemies to look for a cure. Something like this would be movie gold.

4. Age of Apocalypse – this one is almost a “gimme” - a dark dystopian future in which Apocalypse rules and all the X-Men have different roles, some good and some bad. Wolverine as a one-handed villain, Jean Grey as the leader of the resistance – new roles to freshen up our favorite characters. I was quite glad they finally explored Apocalypse in the latest movie, though it was not quite successful, and the future was partially shown in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but not to the extent that it would be in Age of Apocalypse. It would be an entirely new universe with our favorite characters – perfect for a movie.

3.  Cassandra Nova – The parasitic twin of Charles Xavier who died before birth, Cassandra became a "mummudrai," a parasitic life form born bodiless on the astral plane who eventually became telepathically entangled with Charles Xavier and was thus able to develop her own psionic powers, including the ability to create a body for herself. Cassandra began her crusade by recruiting the last relative of Sentinel creator Bolivar Trask to create wild Sentinels that attacked and destroyed the mutant nation of Genosha, killing more than 16 million mutants. She then infected her own body with millions of nanosentinels just before her capture by the X-Men. She defeated most of them easily and secretly entered Cerebro and switched her mind with that of her twin Charles Xavier. Her body was nearly destroyed, and Xavier was trapped inside. As “Xavier”, Cassandra exposed the identities of all of the X-Men and then traveled to the Shi’ar homeworld and Xavier’s wife, ruler Lilandra. Cassandra then drove Lilandra insane and convinced the Shi’ar to attack the X-Men. Her plan failed, and Xavier was saved by Jean Grey, who splintered his personality and stored it in many different consciousnesses before finally driving Cassandra from his body and reintegrating his mind. Talk about a perfect idea – a psychotic Xavier wreaking havoc and driving his own wife mad? The Holocaust of Genosha, so damn powerful and timely as it occurred around the time of the September 11th attacks in the US. I for one would love to see them explore this one.

 

2. Dark Angel Saga – Archangel, warped by Apocalypse’s “treatments”, is essentially chosen to ascend to Apocalypse’s throne as his replacement and that the Death Seed Apocalypse has planted in Archangel will make this a reality. We watch Archangel slowly become more and more evil and terrifying, much to the sadness of his longtime love Psylocke. The X-Men procure, at great cost, a Life Seed, which will negate Archangel’s Death Seed. X-Force and the Age of Apocalypse X-Men fight Archangel, and Fantomex releases the young clone of Apocalypse to fight as well. This gives Psylocke the opening needed to stab Archangel with the Life Seed, seemingly killing him. She kills not only an X-Man but the love of her life – a direct parallel to the events of the Dark Phoenix story. All of the elements of the Dark Phoenix story are present but with different leads; Archangel even returns from the dead just like Jean, though his entire personality seems to have been wiped clean. I would love to see this one in a movie.

1. M-Day/House of M - Scarlet Witch uses her magic to alter reality so that there are almost no mutants in existence anymore, instead creating a Utopian society in which every character gets what they secretly want the most. When the Utopian reality is shattered, there are almost no mutants left in the world – 198 to be exact. The ramifications of this act were huge – we saw former mutants trying to survive without their powers, some successfully and others to their severe detriment. Also a problem – no new mutants were being born, effectively ending the existence of mutants once the few survivors died. I can’t tell you how much I hated this storyline because I love my mutants, but regardless it was a huge shakeup and brought the mutants back to their roots of being “hated and feared.” The plight was real again, and in fact worse – even Beast compromised himself by approaching enemies to look for a cure. Something like this would be movie gold.  What storyline do YOU think FOX should use?  Let us know in the comments.