With the Disney-Fox merger finally taking concrete shape, we are pretty sure one of Marvel Comics’ greatest superhero community – the mutant superheroes and the X-Men, will soon join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Mouse House is in the final stages of the talks of the merger and is very close to owning all of the Fox Studios’ productions. With the X-Men finally coming to the MCU, the fans would expect a lot from the Marvel Studios to materialize the acclaimed X-Men superhero team into live-action reality.
There are a lot of storylines involving the X-Men. Some have bombed but a majority of them have become very famous and are considered to be cult classics. With the end of the 21st Century Fox Studios, we would like the X-Men to be held in the same regard as the Avengers when the former joins the MCU later this year. Here are some of the storylines that the MCU could use for the X-Men official live-action debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Presenting – 10 Amazing X-Men comic book storylines that the MCU needs to adapt ASAP!!
10. Fall of the Mutants
The Fall of the Mutants storyline is a classic X-Men arc with a wild twist. In this series, the X-Men have come to Dallas looking for their comrade Storm, who has since lost her powers and is now just an ordinary human being. While on their search for Storm, they come across Freedom Force, another superhero team. They begin to fight, suspecting each other of foul play when it starts to snow heavily in the middle of the summer season with strange demonic creatures and cavemen come out to create a ruckus.
Both the teams set aside their differences to fight the creatures together. It is later revealed that the cause of all this Chaos is Forge, a fellow X-Men member. During his stint as a War Veteran in the Vietnam War, Forge has used his Shaman powers to summon a demon to take revenge on his enemies for killing his comrades. The Spell backfired and took over the souls of his fallen comrades who were then sacrificed to summon a demon army led by the Adversary, a Demon King.
9. Mutant Massacre
Mutant Massacre is one of Marvel Comics’ goriest and bloodiest storylines. It is so violent that if the Marvel Cinematic Universe decides to adapt it, there is no way the movie could escape an R-Rating. There is just no way around it. In Mutant Massacre, the X-Men go into the sewers to encounter a group of deformed mutants who live underground and call themselves the Morlocks.
The Morlocks answer only to Mister Sinister. The story ends with a lot of superheroes dying in the fight. The storyline is so huge and profound that a lot of other non-mutants superheroes are forced to join in the fight. A lot of undeserving innocent children also die in the slaughter fest. One X-Man is also fatally maimed and killed in the battle.
8. Divided He Stands
In X-Men: The Messiah Complex storyline, Professor Charles Xavier, Leader of the X-Men, is shot in the head and suddenly disappears. In later issues, Xavier returns only for the comics to reveal that he has absolutely no memories and is an amnesiac. That would eventually lay the foundation stone for X-Men: Legacy, a revamping of the classic X-Men storyline with a new twist in the tale.
Professor Xavier was tasked with reconnecting to his past and letting go of his amnesia, which would later feature in Divided He Stands storyline as well. The storyline saw Charles Xavier unravel as a character and it showed the readers that he is not as infallible as everyone assumed him to be. There were also several flashbacks to classic X-Men history, connecting the dots in a graceful and efficient manner.
7. Return of the King
The return of the King is not so much about the x-Men as it is about Magneto, the master of magnetism and arch-nemesis of the X-Men. In this story arc, Magneto loses it big time. He decides that it is time for the world to end and gathers up a huge minion army to steal and collect priceless artifacts to be stored and safeguarded before Magneto annihilates the world. The X-Men, who were disbanded before the storyline began, then finally come together to fight the new threat from Magneto. Magneto has always been seen as a calm and collected character so seeing him this crazy and insane would be truly a spectacle to watch on screen.
6. The Longest Night
It is still an on-going arc but with changes in artist renditions, it has become an abomination. The series, when it started, was a huge success. It showed a group of crazy and insane mutant superheroes – Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man, Monet – a psychic that could give Emma Frost a run for her money, and the omniscient Layla Miller. The series has extremely beautiful artistry and the story arc is also very good. We just want the MCU to adapt the original issues of the series and not the current ones.
Wolverine’s healing factor can heal him from literally anything. So what could be the one thing that could defeat even Wolverine’s healing factor? We give you the Brood Virus. The Brood are a race of highly violent and infectious species that are pretty much the Alien Xenomorphs of the Marvel Universe. Their greatest weapon is the Brood Virus that turns alien subjects into mindless Brood Warriors. The image of Wolverine unsuccessfully fighting of the Brood infection will always be etched into our memories. The storyline also introduced the Brood as a serious threat to the sanctity of life throughout the Universe.
In many ways, Gifted is actually the first true X-Men storyline in many, many years. In this arc, the X-Men had to encounter ramifications in a world where Humanity has developed a mutant ‘cure’. Using it, any mutant can depower him or her permanently and re-join human society. The arc also showed the dark sides of the mutant cure’s history. It was achieved only after rigorous and inhumane experimentations on mutant test subjects. It would be a rather sensitive and interesting arc to take to the theatres.
3. House of M
In the House of M reality, humanity is the minority and mutants are the majority. The Humans are now hunted by the mutant commandos under orders from King Magneto. The House of M reality has had a long-lasting impact on the entirety of present comic book storylines featuring the X-Men and probably will forever. The “No More Mutants” phrase by an insane Scarlet Witch that literally rewrote history is something we would love to watch in a live action adaptation.
2. The Asgardian Wars
This storyline shows what happens when the artists are given complete creative freedom while drawing up ideas. Asgardian Wars involves Loki hatching up another scheme to make himself the King of Asgard and kill Thor for Good. The X-Men are forced to be involved in the fight. Storm becomes a Thunder goddess while Wolfsbane strikes up a tragic relationship with an Asgardian Wolf Prince. It only gets crazier from there.
1. Magneto: Testament
What drove Magneto to such extremism? Why is he so hell-bent on acquiring his goal of mutant rights no matter the cost? Magneto: Testament holds the answer. It shows a young Magneto living his life and barely surviving the Nazi Forces in the Jewish Ghettos and the Auschwitz Concentration Camps. We also get to know his real name – Max Eisenhardt.
The level of pain and agony Magneto had to endure as a child is enough to explain his fanatical behavior today. Magneto: Testament shows no superpowers of Magneto in action but it is a moving tale of what bad circumstances and an equally bad childhood can drive you to do in the long run.
The last Avengers movie to be released under the MCU banner was Avengers: Infinity War. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artefacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.