There is plenty of speculation as to potential X-Men in the MCU, but what about the villains? Let’s talk about some X-Men Villains.
Most of the marquee adversaries have already been featured in the Fox franchise. Judging by Marvel Studios’ treatment of Spider-Man, Kevin Feige and company have no intention to rehash old ideas. That’s why we have not seen the likes of Spidey mainstays like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, or even Uncle Ben (whom I believe is sorely missed in the Homecoming films, but that is a topic for another day). For that matter, it also explains why Aunt May is not elderly, and Peter is a Tony Stark protege.
Just like the heroes, Marvel Studios is not likely to use the same characters fans have already seen in the Fox films. That eliminates some big names from contention (and breaks an X-fan’s heart), namely Magneto, Apocalypse, Bolivar Trask, the Sentinels, William Stryker, Sabretooth, Dark Phoenix, the Hellfire Club, Juggernaut, and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
So who are we left with? Luckily for Marvel, the X-Men have a plethora of villains to fill the void.
X-MEN VILLAINS OPTION 1: MISTER SINISTER
FIRST APPEARANCE: Uncanny X-Men #221
This is the most obvious choice.
The Essex Corporation was an Easter egg in X-Men: Apocalypse, but the idea never came to fruition. That has made Mister Sinister the prime candidate to appear in the MCU X-Men franchise in most fans’ eyes.
Sinister fits the bill. First and foremost, he has never appeared in live-action on a big or small screen. Second, most mainstream fans do not know his character, which gives the creative team extra room to adapt him to the MCU. Third, he is darkly hilarious, particularly in Jonathan Hickman’s current X-Men run. That could easily make him a standout villain capable of stealing the spotlight.
X-MEN VILLAINS OPTION 2: ONSLAUGHT
FIRST APPEARANCE: X-Men #53 (VOL. 2)
This could be the opening to pull both Charles Xavier and Magneto into the MCU without actually using both characters. In the 1990s, Onslaught was created when Professor X wiped Magneto’s mind in the “Fatal Attractions” storyline. When Xavier tapped into Magneto’s psyche, the two subconsciously merged into one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe.
Clearly, it would take drastic changes from the comic origins, but Onslaught could be incorporated into the MCU as a next-level threat. I could see him being used as a Jekyll and Hyde alter ego for Professor X, which would not only give the X-Men a powerful new villain but also a fresh take on an old character. Since Dark Phoenix has already been used twice in the Fox-verse, this would be the next best thing.
X-MEN VILLAINS OPTION 3: CASSANDRA NOVA
FIRST APPEARANCE: New X-Men #114
Nova is one of the newer characters in the X-Men mythos, created during Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run. Her backstory is one that could work for the MCU. Basically, she is Charles Xavier’s twin sister. Although she died in the womb, she possessed such immense psychic powers that she was able to create a body for herself.
With powers on par with Xavier’s, Cassandra would present a threat unlike any other. In a sense, she could take the place of Magneto by being the antithesis to Professor X’s goals of peaceful coexistence with mankind.
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