There have been a ton of mutants in the Marvel Universe. We are talking about hundreds of individuals with mutant abilities. That being said, there are the obvious fan favorites, which get featured much more than the rest. That’s why Wolverine has been featured in every X-men movie to date, while mutants such as Angel have only appeared once.
Unfortunately, after going through seven Marvel movies, we are almost out of popular mutants. With the Days of Future Past “reboot”, Fox is beginning to look at recasting mutants that have already been done. The obvious example is casting Channing Tatum as Gambit, a mutant who had very little time to shine in Origins: Wolverine. There is also the running rumor that a recast is in the works for Jean Grey and Cyclops.
When I first heard this rumor, I didn’t give it much credence, but more and more it is being confirmed by sources that I personally trust. I won’t fully believe it until I hear the casting news, but if it does end up happening, what does this mean?
Opening of the old character gallery
First and foremost, this means that any old mutants are fair game. You would be hard pressed to find a mutant that have found more screen time in the original series of X-men movies than Jean Grey. That being said, she was one of the most important mutants for a very long time. She was one of the founding members in the comics and her death was an impact felt for years in the Marvel Universe. With mutants like these being brought back into the mix, it means that just about any mutant that has been done in the originals is now open to being brought it. Think about Nightcrawler, Angel, or maybe even Storm. Any one of these can now be brought back into the fold.
Brother vs brother
As many Marvel enthusiasts know, two brothers have been introduced in separate movies. Cyclops and Havok (of First Class and briefly in DoFP), are brothers who don’t exactly get along. At numerous points, they have conflicted against each other. If we were to introduce Cyclops again, that could lead into an on-screen meeting of the two characters. The age difference would be tricky to do on screen, as Havok would have to be much older than Cyclops, but it is something I would love to see on screen.
With Jean Grey being brought back into the movies, there is once again the possibility of the Phoenix Saga. The Phoenix Saga is one of the greatest story arcs in X-men, if not in Marvel as a whole. The Phoenix Force existed within Jean Grey and it led to her nearly destroying the world by fire.
The original series set this up perfectly in X2, but Brett Ratner screwed it up pretty majorly in X3. Since the abomination of X3, fans have been wondering if we will ever see a true Phoenix Saga on screen.
There is one big issue with this, however.
Confirmed to live?
We have seen Jean Grey and Cyclops alive after the events of Apocalypse, along with Beast and Professor X. Does this mean that these characters are guaranteed to live through whatever movies come next? Possibly. I have heard the rumor that the alteration of time in DoFP actually leads to the events of Apocalypse. If that is the case, then the future established at the end of DoFP is possibly in flux. This would have to be confirmed in some way in order to ensure that future X-men movies do still carry weight.
In short, if the rumors of recasting Jean Grey and Cyclops prove true, they have big implications for the future of the X-men Universe. If they are cast, how old will they be? Who would play them? Only time will tell.