The X-Men are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel Studios has no small task ahead of them in making sure that the iconic team can lead the franchise in Phase 7 and beyond. Marvel Studios is also sure to make every effort to separate their adaptation of the team(s) from what came before. To celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas, we’ve decided to put together a list of which characters might play a key role and how Marvel Studios can ensure nobody will confuse them with their Fox counterparts.
Betsy Braddock made a token appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand and was then drastically underutilized in X-Men: Apocalypse. Given the poor adaptation of pretty much every character introduced in Apocalypse, including the titular mutant, it’s safe to say Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer must have Googled “sexy X-Men costumes” and gone from there in developing Psylocke for the film. For a character with such a rich and complex history, she was reduced to cleavage and butt cheeks. While there’s certainly precedent for that in the comics, Fox really wasted a fascinating character.
Part of Betsy Braddock’s comic book history is muddled with some uncomfortable body-swapping business with another mutant, Kwannon, that was recently resolved following the mutant move to Krakoa. Marvel Studios would be wise to skip over all of that and keep the focus on Betsy as the gateway character to a completely unexplored corner of the world in the Fox movies: jolly old England. Betsy’s comic book history as an agent of S.T.R.I.K.E., her twin brother Brian just so happening to be Captain Britain and her connection to Excalibur make her the perfect character to open the door to the weirdness that takes place on that side of the pond.
One of the most powerful psychics on Earth, Betsy’s comic book time as a S.T.R.I.K.E. psi-agent could be reworked to make her an agent of MI13, Marvel’s X-Files division. Having her story begin there would allow for Marvel Studios to introduce the mystical wonders of England and Otherworld and characters such as her brothers, Brian and Jamie, Pete Wisdom and her royal pain in the ass, Majestrix Saturnyne. Whether through a Psylocke series, a Braddock series or an MI13 series (I’ve been pitching that one for almost 7 years now!), Betsy should be the star of the show before moving on to join the X-Men. Once with the X-Men, Betsy should be one of the founding members of the MCU’s X-Men strike team: X-Force. Of all of Betsy’s rich history, her time on X-Force in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force stands about among her adventures as one of her most memorable. Marvel Studios is sure to expand beyond the core team of X-Men, including teams like X-Factor and X-Force in the MCU, and an X-Force team of Psylocke, Angel, Fantomex, Deadpool and Wolverine is exactly the kind of deadly strike team the MCU deserves. Psylocke has 10 years of interesting stories in her past. By allowing her to develop in her own world before joining the X-Men, Marvel Studios could smartly open up a whole new world of stories while bringing Betsy along on her own arc before she joins X-Force. This one almost writes itself!