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X-Men Movie Producers! No More Magneto

By Chad Derdowski     December 09, 2009

5 Must Have X-Men Movie Villains
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There’s been a lot of talk on these here interwebs about the future of the X-Men film franchise. Should the next film be a prequel and feature the founding members of the team as seen in the pages of “X-Men: First Class?” Should it go in an entirely different direction and feature the next generation of mutant heroes, ala New Mutants? Or should the whole thing be scrapped and rebooted from scratch? 
Regardless of the decision made, one thing that would definitely breathe new life into the franchise is the addition of a new villain. Obviously Magneto was the only choice for the first film and the story that played out in the two sequels was a good one (though the quality may be debated). But for the next film, we’re hoping to see them branch out a bit. There’s a whole world of X-villains to choose from. Here are our top picks:

5. The Hellfire Club

On the outside, they’re a social club for wealthy elites that favors 18th century dress codes. The real secret of the Hellfire Club, however, is that the whole thing is run by a bunch of mutants who like to name themselves after chess pieces and influence world politics and economy in their pursuit of power.
It would’ve made more sense to see the Club introduced in the third X-Men film and see them attempt to subvert Jean Grey and obtain the Phoenix Force for their own twisted desires as they did in the comics. But there’s no use crying over spilled milk; the Club has had their fingers in more than one evil pie over the years, from manufacturing Sentinels to running a school for mutants. We’re sure Hollywood screenwriters can come up with something. Also, we have a penchant for conspiracy theories, hoity-toity British folk and ladies in lingerie, and we know Hollywood does too: all good reasons to include the Hellfire Club in the next X-Flick.

4. The Reavers

Like many characters in the X-Universe, the Reavers have a fairly complicated history. Originally a group of cybernetic thieves, the Reavers got their butts whupped by the X-Men and were forced through the mystical Siege Perilous. However, three survivors escaped and were later recruited by Donald Pierce and, along with Lady Deathstrike, became something of an X-Men revenge squad.
Cyborgs are cool. Mutants are cool. What’s cooler than cyborgs and mutants? Cyborg mutants. ‘Nuff said. Also, Pierce was a member of the Hellfire Club, so the Reavers could either be used as a precursor to an eventual movie featuring the Hellfire Club or in the follow-up. Ta daaa! That’s two movies right there. You can have those ideas for free, Fox; but eventually we’re gonna start charging you.

3. Mr. Sinister

Besides having one of the coolest villain names ever, Mr. Sinister was actually created for the very same purposes as this article: Chris Claremont was tired of going back to Magneto over and over.
Sinister was the guy who cloned Madelyne Pryor from Jean Grey with the intent of having her mate with Cyclops so he could steal their offspring. Cyclops might’ve been killed in the last X-Men movie, but a little creative shuffling, perhaps Wolverine could be inserted into that spot (or Cyclops could just be brought back). Hey, it might sound like sacrilege, but it’s not like the previous X-Films haven’t played around with continuity to an extreme degree. What’s one more step in that direction gonna hurt?
And wouldn’t it just be cool to see the Marauders wreak havoc on the Morlocks in the sewers of New York? Considering Mr. Sinister’s long-reaching goals and long-term involvement in the lives of many of the X-Characters, he might be a potential villain for an entire trilogy of films!

2. Mojo

A ridiculous parody of network executives, Mojo could bring a level of satire to the series, taking it in a much different direction, but perhaps bringing in a much-needed humorous angle after all the doom and gloom of the last movie.
Despite all the real-world metaphor of the X-series, don’t forget that they’ve spent just as much time off-planet involved in some crazy intergalactic adventures. Mojo is the perfect villain to showcase this side of the team and poke fun at pop culture at the same time. And did somebody say Dazzler and Longshot?

1. Apocalypse

Let’s face it, if you want to make a big impact by going with a new villain in the X-Franchise, it doesn’t get a whole lot bigger than En Sabah Nur, the first-ever mutant and probably the most dangerous mutant the team has faced.
Obsessed with the idea of survival of the fittest, a battle with Apocalypse would make Magneto look like a walk in the park. And if our idea of Mr. Sinister and the Marauders was used, we might even see a Mutant Massacre that would de-wing Angel and perfectly set up the story of his recruitment into Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen in the follow-up film. Or if you wanna go really big, what about the Age of Apocalypse? 
In the world of the X-Men, there are roughly seven hundred-billion characters and teams to choose from. These are but five. We’ve made our picks for the next adversary for the X-Men to face, what villains would you like to see used in the next X-Flick?



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goldeneyez 12/9/2009 4:36:04 AM

I'd like to see a real version of Juggernaught as well... not that crappy roided fake muscle version they put in 3.  I mean a Juggernaught it takes the whole X-men team to take down.

dbrock06 12/9/2009 4:52:38 AM

I don't know about Mojo.  I am not a fan of the books or episodes i've seen with that character in it.

I'd like to see them go with Sentinels/Mastermold storyline personally.  Can bring in Bishop from the future,  Possibly Cable.

redhairs99 12/9/2009 5:17:36 AM

I like to see Days of Future Past on the big screen, but an Apocalypse story arc would be cool too.  As far as who would play him?  I'd say Michael Clarke Duncan would be the prefect choice.  Yes, he's already played Kingpin, but there's a good amount of make-up that he'd have to go through for Apocalypse, so I don't see that as a problem.

Wiseguy 12/9/2009 6:01:04 AM

How about we go intergalactic and have the Brood with a Shi'ar storyline

First and foremost we have to reboot the franchise though

Hobbs 12/9/2009 6:25:54 AM

I don't like Apocalypse as number 1. I always felt he was a character that was never truly realized by the writers...now granted I haven't read comics since the 90's but I still remember his first appearance in X-Factor (back when it was the original x-men)  and how he turned Angel into the Arch Angel but he was always in the background instead of out front knocking people off like I felt he should have been.

Mojo shouldn't be on here...I mean didn't he turn them into the X-Babies in one of the issues?  It was funny for the comics but not for a movie. 

I prefer the Sentinels and Nimrod.  Don't see why they couldn't pull that off with the effects they have today.

everdreaded 12/9/2009 6:36:35 AM

Im not a fan of Mojo in the X-men stories..or for LONGSHOT either. The introduction of those characters into the X-men mythos always felt forced to me after Longshots mini series...so for it to even be in a movie would come off even more silly..if thats the case go with ARCADE..go wild with it.

killerville 12/9/2009 6:53:21 AM

Agree with everdreaded on Longshot. He had a sweet mullet though...


Apocalypse Mother f**kers!!!


Also with Prof X dying in the last one and Magneto depowered, it wouldn't be that hard to work in Onslaught. Maybe...

killerville 12/9/2009 7:01:12 AM

In terms of casting Apocalypse, maybe Arnold Vosloo? Due respect, redhairs, but I dont like the MCD idea. He's played a lot a villians already; a couple of them from the funny books. Plus I dont know that he has the gravitas to pull off Apocalypse. If your looking for someone huge with an imposing voice, how about Kevin Grevioux?

aegrant 12/9/2009 8:12:16 AM

I agree with Apocalypse and I would love to see the four horsemen with him. I also like Mr Sinister (and hopefully that would bring about Cable and Bishop).

I always thought the Hellfire club was kind of weak but could be a good side story. The Reavers and  Mojo are  a no in my book.

scooter167 12/9/2009 8:52:15 AM


At the End of #3 Magneto began to get his powers back and Prof X  was still alive.
A reboot is definetly in order.Bryan Singer was great but maybe a new director with a harder edge might be better.Like when Christopher nolan took over the Batman Franchise.

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