Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Next Evolution-Top Directions for the X-Men Film Series
X-Men Apocalypse has finally hit theaters. The 9th film in the X-Men series, and the second film in the franchise to arrive this year, hit theaters last weekend and managed to find success. While the film's quality seems debatable, the fact remains that Apocalypse found success in the box office. Thanks to the new film's commercial success (and the money brought in by Deadpool) it is safe to say that the X-Men franchise is not slowing down anytime soon. So with Apocalypse behind us, the question now is what is in store for the X-Men franchise? The latest film made a statement by setting up a new chapter in the superhero series. Because of the events in Apocalypse, there are several areas that this movie franchise could explore. While nothing is fully set in stone, here are some of things I am hoping to see in next group of X-Men films.
Mr.Sinister (Warning SPOILERS)
The X-Men film franchise has featured several of the team's villains; including Magneto, the Sentinels and recently Apocalypse. Yet a prominent figure from the X-Men's rogues gallery has yet to appear on the silver screen, and that character just so happens to be Nathaniel Essex aka Mr.Sinister. Sinister was once a 19th century scientist who was obsessed with genetic mutation and Darwin's law of Survival of the Fittest. After being altered by Apocalypse, Mr.Sinister devoted his immortal life to studying mutants and altering them so they can be “perfect”. Sinister is a villain that I have longed to see on the big screen, and it looks like the villain's cinematic debut is on the horizon. In the post credit scene of X-Men: Apocalypse, we see Weapon X's (Wolverine) blood being collected by a member of Essex Corp; which help to cement the coming of Sinister in the film franchise. So with Sinister's debut all but inevitable, what role will the villain play in the franchise? There are many upcoming movies that could use Sinister such as the third Wolverine film, Gambit and of course the next X-Men film. However I think the best move would be for Sinister to play a role in all of the upcoming X-Men films. This is not to say that Sinister should be the primary antagonist in all of these movies, but rather that the villain plays some role in the new set of X-Men movies. This would give the X-Men series something new as it would feature a ongoing antagonist; well that is not Magneto at least. Whether the villain is used for multiple movies or just one, I am just glad that Sinister is finally making his way to this film franchise.
Established Characters in New Films
The Shi'ar/The Dark Phoenix
There are number of directions that the X-Men franchise could go into from this point on. The film series could go out of this world and feature classic story from the comics, or it could just look to expand in the area of spin-off films. There are many ways Fox and the Filmmakers could go when it comes to pushing the X-Men forward; but whatever happens, it seems clear that the long running Marvel Franchise is here to stay and I can only hope that the superhero series continues to evolve from here and beyond.