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Uncanny X-Men: My pitch for the first MCU X-Men movie

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Uncanny X-Men: My pitch for the first MCU X-Men movie

Here's what I would pitch for the first MCU X-Men movie.

Pitch:

The idea I had for mutants is that they always existed before, but in very limited quantities, and could generally only be activated by an outside source. Xavier, Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and a handful of others are examples of mutants that existed prior to the movie. However, after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with the cosmic and possibly reality-altering effects of said movie, the dormant genes of the public around the world are activated. Thus creating mutants, and paranoia relating to superpowered beings everywhere and thus racism that's not universal, more like a mixed reaction, fitting of the current times, and causes a big political scare.

The present story picks up several years after Endgame, where Charles Xavier opens the Xavier's School of Gifted Youngsters in Westchester, New York. It also serves as the base of operations for the mutant superhero team, the X-Men. It's established the founders are Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, Cyclops and Angel (to satisfy those who say the founders must be the O5 without the need to actually use them as the stars) and have since expanded to include different members.

The opening starts with the X-Men duking it out with a comics-accurate Juggernaut, who is very much not a mutant here like the source, making a reference to Cyttorak. They subdue and beat him, but one member, Beast, gets injured in the fight and has to recover. This leads to one aspiring student at the academy, Kitty Pryde, to join in his place. The other members think of her as a kid, because she kinda is one, but she aspires to look out for the others over a hatred towards racism.

The main enemies of the movie is Weapon X, led by William Stryker, who send Sentinels to attack and capture mutants for experimentation. The X-Men keep getting in the way, and eventually it becomes an all-out attack as they capture and invade the school (in a manner similar to X2). This causes the remaining members to join together, while also hiding away the remaining students. This team consists of Iceman, Colossus, Storm, Cyclops and Kitty Pryde. With few resources and members, they must overcome the odds to stop Weapon X's plan of exterminating/enslaving mutantkind.

Throughout the movie, Kitty struggles with the use of her powers, and coming to terms with herself as a superhero, while Iceman in particular acts like a bigger brother to her. Very coming-of-age like. It has an overall lighthearted feel, more comic book-like and does a familiar story without the need for the "realism" the Fox series aspired for. In the end, William Stryker is apprehended and made to pay for the crimes he committed against mutants, though possibly setting up his escape and return later.

The end of the movie has Nick Fury approaching the school, saying S.H.I.E.L.D. wishes to ally humans and mutants, and their organizations together, giving the X-Men resources and missions. Xavier says they'll consider it with the implication that he accepts.

Then it closes with the X-Men welcoming new students to the school, saying that the future of Earth depends on them. These include cameo appearances by more recent and obscure characters like Armor, Pixie, Anole, Rockslide, Blindfold and others.

Post-Credits Scene #1: Magneto breaks out of prison with several mutant villains, including Mystique, Pyro, Avalanche, Mastermind and Blob. He vows for mutant supremacy, and refers to the others as the "Brotherhood".

Post-Credits Scene #2: A small alien space pod crash-lands on Earth. When the pod emerges, a certain small purple dragon emerges from the ship. Lockheed.

General Notes:

- The story is similar to X2 in that it borrows from God Loves, Man Kills and yet it takes a different turn by being more comics-influenced and embracing the tropes of the shared universe. It helps the creators like what they're adapting, as opposed to being ashamed of it.

- The movie has a brighter aesthetic compared to the Fox movies, with colorful costumes and humor, and has a coming-of-age like feel with Kitty as the audience surrogate.

- The X-Men are portrayed as actual superheroes rather than people minding their business until trouble finds them. Cyclops in particular is a capable leader and martial artist with stronger eye beams, hopefully that'll redeem him.

- As always, it distills the mythos to fit the narrative, such as having the Sentinels come from Weapon X rather than the government directly and the X-Men allying with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the end.

- The setting is updated. As mentioned above, it's more of a mixed reaction than the universal hatred of old. Instead, it's more due to paranoia and a political scare, with a chunk of the population hating them, but others seeing the X-Men as superheroes and fighting for their rights too.

- If possible, it's best to wait on Wolverine. He hogged enough spotlight in the Fox movies and in the comics, let some others shine as the mythos is far bigger than him.

Characters

Main X-Men: Cyclops, Iceman, Colossus, Storm, Kitty Pryde

Other X-Men: Xavier, Beast, Jean Grey, Angel (latter three minor)

Students (minor): Pixie, Rockslide, Armor, Anole, Blindfold (possibly more)

Villains: Weapon X, Stryker, Sentinels, Juggernaut (minor)

Other: Nick Fury (minor), Brotherhood of Mutants (minor), Lockheed (minor)

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What do you guys think, would you like this?

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I'd actually like to see them

I'd actually like to see them take a page out of X-Men: Evolution.

Though I'd like to see some of the one's we haven't really gotten yet.

I want to see Jubilee and Gambit for instance. Maybe start with a whole Mojo universe deal. That way we could even get Betsy Braddock from British to Asian look right off the bat :) Not to mention, the one thing X-Men: Apoc did was get her outfit right, so I hope the MCU can get it right too.

Jubilee (I'd change it up here and have her, Kitty and X-23 be adopted daughters of Wolverine)
Gambit (grew up in Sinister orphanage before running away and winding up in Thieves Guild)
Psylocke (done some hero work with her twin brother)
Rogue (possibly with permanent Flight/Strength/Invulnerability, though I'm okay with her being like in X-Men: Evo too, because I loved that Rogue too :) )
Magik (Not only a student of X's school, but a student of Dr. Strange)

Joined by a young, but experienced Bishop, who just traveled back in time to stop the killing of the minor cast members...

Cyclops (college student and original member)
Jean Grey (college student and original member)
Iceman (college student and original member)
Wolverine (teacher)
Storm (teacher)
Colossus (teacher)
Beast (teacher)
X-23 (student at school)
Kitty (college student, not an original member but has had some time on the team)

Professor X, who founded the school is currently in a coma from the attack that took the original members but an old enemy of Betsy's and her brothers...Mojo and Spiral...who have eyed the X-Men as their new show casers!

Bishop, a young (mid 20's) but experienced from a life time of fighting, comes back to get the other students who have experience in combat, coming to lead them. This allows the school to show case a few more (don't make it as full as the other movies wanted to make it)

Have Nick and Coulson and Agent Valerie Cooper (who may show signs of being Mystique) visiting the school to let Prof X they know what the school calls gifted and they have a student for them, Rogue. This also allows for more screen time of the others before kidnapped.

I'd have Rogue be the actual daughter of Mystique (along with Kurt) not just adopted.

So, it's basically the new rescuing the older team (which was made up of teachers and students). Have Bishop stay in the past when his thought to be dead sister shows up or have him carry around an AI that's his sister before she died too!

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I hope that MCU X-Men does

I hope that MCU X-Men does more than one movie at a time. The mutant/X-Men side of the Marvel Universe is so massive that just one doesn't do it justice.

I also had an idea for a show called Academy X. It would be a Disney+ show about the students at Xavier's School, with the main X-Men appearing as teachers/instructors. We'd get a better glimpse at the school life and their personal interactions before becoming X-Men, as well as them training to use their powers and learning more about the world around them. Like a focus on the younger mutants, but not the need to go full-on teen drama (looking at you, Runaways).

As for the students, it would be a good way to shine more light on the lesser-known and more recent. I'd go with the New X-Men roster, including Elixir, Hellion, Dust, Gentle, Rockslide, Prodigy, Anole, Surge, Pixie, Mercury, and (possibly) X-23.

Using the show would be a great way to intertwine them into the movies, as then they could appear there without the need to do a backstory on all of them, because it was already done here. That's what Feige basically said he wanted to do with Disney+ to expand the scope of the MCU. I can see a show like this having a very "Harry Potter"-esque vibe, but replace "wizards" with "mutants" and "Hogwarts" with "Xavier's School". I think the movies didn't do a good enough job focusing on that aspect for a lack of time, so it would work well here I'd think.

And since these shows are slated to have huge budgets bigger than before with Disney sparing no expense, I bet it can be done true justice without the need to change/downplay superpowers. Which is good, because these characters should be true to their source.

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I would prefer to have the x

I would prefer to have the x-men already in existence and already have gone through most of their origin backstory so I would think this would best work with an alternate universe or timeline.

This concept has already been used in the history of the x-men so it should be acceptable in this scenario. And now that they are going to be doing something with skrulls and the stones and with Dr Strange's powers, I could see it be easily explainable to just bring them into the current avengers world from their current world.

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I doubt they're going to

I doubt they're going to migrate the Fox X-Men characters into the MCU. Every pre-MCU property gets rebooted, and I don't see X-Men being an exception.

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I dont necessarily mean

I dont necessarily mean migrate from the current fox universe, i meant bring them in from whatever yet unseen marvel version of the xmen universe that exists in an alternate timeline. Like, dont make it so that the xmen are new and mutation is new, make them come from their own (yet to be seen possibly in future origin/prequel stories after the merger) universe, as adults, having lived their stories already. Am i making sense? lol

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I don't trust a show to do

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

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Wolfgang8565 wrote:
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I dont necessarily mean migrate from the current fox universe, i meant bring them in from whatever yet unseen marvel version of the xmen universe that exists in an alternate timeline. Like, dont make it so that the xmen are new and mutation is new, make them come from their own (yet to be seen possibly in future origin/prequel stories after the merger) universe, as adults, having lived their stories already. Am i making sense? lol

Oh. Well that might be a little complicated to explain and would rob the MCU of a lot of stories, plus it'd be confusing for audiences. I can't see them doing that.

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I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

That and the budget was rather low, around $40 million. Word is, the Disney+ shows about Loki, Scarlet Witch and Falcon/Winter Soldier are gonna have blockbuster budgets, so hopefully powers won't be an issue. I think an Academy X show has potential, especially given what Feige said about how Disney+ is going to seriously expand the scope of the universe and looks to have more interconnectivity between the movies than before (where there was practically none). Just imagine watching the show, and then the students appear in the next movie, and you don't need their backstory there because it was covered in the series, allowing everything to flow naturally.

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Well, the problem with that,

Well, the problem with that, is some already complained about the possibility to not know all the heroes in A:IW, unless one watched all the movies. Maybe they skipped Dr. Strange.

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Brand X wrote:
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Well, the problem with that, is some already complained about the possibility to not know all the heroes in A:IW, unless one watched all the movies. Maybe they skipped Dr. Strange.

Continuity lockout is a thing that happens in any long-running storyline or shared universe, it's an inevitable consequence. They can't let it get in the way of telling good stories and using the universe to its full potential.

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Brand X wrote:
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I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

Whhaaatt.... I loved Jessica Jones!

Wasn't too crazy about the rest...

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Brand X wrote:
Brand X wrote:

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

I'm so hooked on The Flash though! (Yeah yeah I know, that's DC, not marvel. However they do handle powers pretty well!)

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Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Brand X wrote:

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

Whhaaatt.... I loved Jessica Jones!

Wasn't too crazy about the rest...

We don't really see her powers. Some heavy lifting and that's it. Never did see her fly for instance.

I liked them all, with Punisher in last place, followed by Luke Cage, then Iron Fist (I'm one of those who actually enjoyed both seasons, but season 2 is way better), then Daredevil and Jessica Jones tie.

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Brand X wrote:
Brand X wrote:
Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Brand X wrote:

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

Whhaaatt.... I loved Jessica Jones!

Wasn't too crazy about the rest...

We don't really see her powers. Some heavy lifting and that's it. Never did see her fly for instance.

I liked them all, with Punisher in last place, followed by Luke Cage, then Iron Fist (I'm one of those who actually enjoyed both seasons, but season 2 is way better), then Daredevil and Jessica Jones tie.

Honestly, with the cgi heavy, overly bloated budget we see in Avengers, i dont mind seeing something a little watered down. All heroes cant be epic like Thor. Jessica Jones is just the right amount of superpowered for what she is dealing with in Hell's Kitchen

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Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Brand X wrote:
Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Brand X wrote:

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

Whhaaatt.... I loved Jessica Jones!

Wasn't too crazy about the rest...

We don't really see her powers. Some heavy lifting and that's it. Never did see her fly for instance.

I liked them all, with Punisher in last place, followed by Luke Cage, then Iron Fist (I'm one of those who actually enjoyed both seasons, but season 2 is way better), then Daredevil and Jessica Jones tie.

Honestly, with the cgi heavy, overly bloated budget we see in Avengers, i dont mind seeing something a little watered down. All heroes cant be epic like Thor. Jessica Jones is just the right amount of superpowered for what she is dealing with in Hell's Kitchen

I'd just like to see a blaster who kicks butt. So basically Quake, who uses her quakes a little more. She'd be the perfect mix of super powers and fighting/guns!

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Brand X wrote:
Brand X wrote:
Wolfgang8565 wrote:
Brand X wrote:

I don't trust a show to do well with powers. Look at the MCU's Netflix shows, but I will admit, maybe that's because they took them out of Feige's hands?

Whhaaatt.... I loved Jessica Jones!

Wasn't too crazy about the rest...

We don't really see her powers. Some heavy lifting and that's it. Never did see her fly for instance.

I liked them all, with Punisher in last place, followed by Luke Cage, then Iron Fist (I'm one of those who actually enjoyed both seasons, but season 2 is way better), then Daredevil and Jessica Jones tie.

TV Jessica can't fly. She can just jump pretty high. But her powers could grow, so we might get her flying some day.

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For an MCU X-Men movie I'd

For an MCU X-Men movie I'd like for the team to already be established. I don't want another movie of them forming the X-Men or reforming the X-Men, just like... Let them be a team. And do cool team work things. Have them like eachother and be friends.

Also have Beak in the movie. Poor Beak.

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