May 27, 2010
3 Possible Villains For X-Men First Class
Now that we know X-Men First Class will focus on Xavier and Magneto as the heroes. Who could the villain or villains be? In the film's official synopsis "before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known". So what or who could be the "greatest threat to the world"? My thoughts came down to three villains from the X-Men universe.
APOCALYPSE: En Sabah Nur is one of the oldest mutants, dating back to 3000 BC Egypt. He enlists willingly or forcefully highly powerful mutants to join his Horsemen of The Apocalypse. It could open the door for Mr. Sinister to finally make an appearance. Describing himself as a savior of his kind, his mission is to separate the strong mutants that will live and the weak ones that should perish.
SENTINELS: The giant mutant hunting robots commissioned by the government have been teased in X3 (Danger Room scene) but were never mentioned if they ever existed. It could be possible they were the original threats to mutants when they first started to surface. This could develop into the mutant registration act storyline. If they don't make First Class they'll most likely be in X-Men 4. I believe Matthew Vaughn was a fan of them. One of the first things I remember coming out of X3 was an image of the model for the Sentinel.
OMEGA RED: I'm not sure when they'll set this film but it's possible it could be during the Cold War. Setting up (Omega Red) as the villain could make sense. Basically medically enhanced mutunt that is developed in Russian Weapons program not unlike Wolverine. Eventually he becomes so powerful the Russian government looses control. He ends up becoming a monster who drains mutants and humans of their powers/life force. Red seems a great fit for an X-Men film set in the 50-80's. I'm sure they could involve the threat of a full scale nuclear war in there for good measure. The only issue is that Red is best known as a Wolverine villain while a decent fit for global conflict in X-Men First Class.