X-Men you have never seen cinematically that deserve the spotlight.
- Part 1 of 4 -
By: Josh Adams 8/28/2018
Via Fox’s X-Verse, we’ve had pretty much the same iteration of the X-Men team on the big screen for the better part of 20 years now. Led by Charles Xavier; we’ve seen Jean Grey, Scott Summers/Cyclops, Hank McCoy/Beast, Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, Ororo Monroe/Storm, Nightcrawler, Logan/Wolverine, Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, Bobby Drake/Iceman, and so on. These are all classic X-Men characters and there is little wrong with featuring them up to this point, in fact it was expected but who are some of the OTHER X-Men, what are their powers and who among them is film worthy?
Each day this week we’ll take a look at a hero and a villian from the X-Men comics universe who have never or rarely seen the front end of the camera.
Hero - Polaris
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch get ALL the attention on the big screen storywise. In fact, BOTH the Fox/Marvel-Universe and the Disney/Marvel MCU Proper have used them as intricate parts of their storylines in prior films. But Magneto’s been around, if you know what I’m saying, and he has more than just the twins to sport his lineage.
Lorne Dane, AKA ‘Polaris’ (created by Arnold Drake and Jim Steranko) is her father's daughter in power only. Polaris’ mutant footprint is almost identical to her infamous father in that she can sense and control magnetic fields, giving her the ability to manipulate ferrous metals, change the existing magnetic field of the Earth, generate EM fields and change the polarity of objects giving her the ability to fly.
But outside of that the differences couldn't be more obvious. Though Polaris has certainly worked and trained under Magneto when she believes his goals to be benevolent, she has more frequently opposed him directly when they were not.
I’ve been vocal previously about how I DO NOT want to see another incarnation of Magneto when Disney incorporates the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the MCU, but it's probably unavoidable at least in some way. The inclusion of Polaris in a rebooted X-Men within the MCU would give us the ability to still see some interesting uses of this (Magneto/Polaris) power-set but she as a character also provides an opportunity to give any story she is added to the dynamic of ‘being better than our fathers’ especially if Magneto is indeed included; whether as a character or a plot device.
Polaris is undoubtedly cool and character-wise she can currently be seen on the small screen in Fox’s ‘The Gifted’ portrayed by actress Emma Dumont. This iteration of the character is slightly more watered down (TV budgets, am I right?) than we would likely see in a film version but it's a great way to get to know the character and certainly spawns a lot of great ideas about how to use her as a full-fledged member of the X-Men and about her father-daughter dynamic with Magneto.
Villain - Onslaught
What happens when you take the most powerful telepath on the planet, mix him with the ‘Master of Magnetism’, throw in an Omega level mutant from a parallel universe, and a child with reality bending capabilities? This guy...
Onslaught (created by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid and Andy Kubert) is the PERFECT ‘big bad’ to span the next couple of phases of the MCU and whose origins work as a plot device to introduce and flesh out both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
So here's the short version...Charles Xavier once tried to stop Magneto by shutting down his mind, and in doing so a part of Magnetos psyche; his ‘dark side’ if you will… jumped ship into Xavier's mind and melded with Xavier's darker nature and created a completely independent psionic entity with the full range of both Xavier and Magneto's mutant abilities. Once manifested he manages to absorb the additional telepathy and telekinesis of Nate Grey (X-Man) and the reality altering abilities of Franklin Richards (son to Reed and Sue Richards of the FF).
Remember, this is the VERY short version. For the complete layout and backstory read X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic or X-Men/Avengers: Onslaught Omnibus. I highly recommend the Omnibus, cause this cake has many layers.
As far as individual powers and abilities go, basically just think of a super power...go ahead, any super power. Yeah, Onslaught has that.
Not to mention there is now a bar set after Infinity War regarding visuals. We are going to need an imposing and larger than life character who is capable of capturing the viewers imaginations the way that Thanos did but without all the ‘holier than thou art’ associated with Thanos’ mission. Thanos is difficult sometimes to see as a villain and that's what has made him so unique and enjoyable but it's doubtful that the MCU can play the relatable-villain card twice and be as successful.
So, if you want to follow that up with a villain that can still be visually imposing (even more so) but who has none of the benevolence or nobility; if your looking for ‘much less of a Thanos’ than Onslaught is the way to go.
See you back here tomorrow for Part 2 !