The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a fantastic job so far establishing a shared movie universe involving a whole bunch of different superheroes, but it’s still lacking one of Marvel Comics’ biggest franchises: the X-Men. As anyone who’s been following comic book movies over the years is no doubt aware by now, Fox still retains the film rights for any character that falls under the X-Men umbrella, which is why we haven’t seen any mutants pop up in Marvel’s movies (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are exceptions, since they are closely associated with the Avengers as well).
While both movie franchises are doing just fine on their own, it’s hard not to wish that the two studios could just find a way to play nice and come to some sort of agreement that would allow them to do some sort of crossover event. Now, I’m not angling for an Avengers vs. X-Men style event here (although that might be one of the only ways of introducing mutants to the MCU that would make any sense), but do feel that there are some X-Men characters in particular that would be a great addition to Marvel’s shared movie universe. Here are the 10 I’d most want to see join the MCU.
Psylocke finally made her live-action debut in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and to say it was disappointing would be an understatement. Poor Olivia Munn looked great in costume and trained her butt off for the role, but was relegated to eye candy for much of her limited screen time. While Psylocke is probably not the first character who springs to mind when thinking of potential X-Men to make the jump to the MCU, there’s arguably a place for her among the franchise’s hefty ensemble. For starters, the MCU as a whole is severely lacking in the female superhero department, so it would nice to see the presence of women bolstered going forward.
Really though, it all goes back to Psylocke’s woeful depiction in X-Men: Apocalypse. This is a character who was once mostly forgettable in the comics, but thanks to a redesign in the late 80s, became one of the most popular and beloved female mutants in X-Men history. Admittedly, there has been some controversy over the fact that Psylocke is technically a white British woman inhabiting the body of a Japanese woman, but Marvel could easily change up this messy bit of backstory and finally give this telekinetic ninja the screen role she deserves.