With this X-Men: First Class prequel slowly rolling forward–not to mention another (crappy, I’m going to assume) Wolverine movie–it looks like Hollywood is doing it damnedest to squeeze every last penny out of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. What I can’t figure out is why they don’t try to mine some of the dozen or so other mutant-related comics in Marvel’s catalog–like the New Mutants. Or Excalibur.
Excalibur was a great series about a team of mutants that drew its roster from both the Marvel UK Captain Britain series and the X-Men. For a very long time, Excalibur was my very favorite series…then it was canceled and replaced with numerous sub-par relaunches. For an Excalibur movie, I’d (more or less) use the roster from the later issues.
Kevin McKidd as Captain Britain/Brian Braddock
Between Rome and Journeyman, something tells me that McKidd could handle any kind of weird that a movie like this would throw at him.
Georgia Moffett as Meggan
Moffett’s got the pixie-ish look that I’d want to see in the actress cast as Braddock’s girlfriend and teammate, Meggan–the mutant elf shapeshifting elemental. (Also, the fact that just mentioning Moffett’s name sends the David Tennant fangirls into a suicidal rage fills me with glee.)
Natalia Tena as Psylocke/Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock
Although usually a member of the X-Men, I’d want to have Brian’s sister on this team…mostly because I think Natalia Tena is made of awesome.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner
I like JGL. If he can pull off a passable German accent, I think he’s got the right body type and facial features to play Nightcrawler. Also, he kind of owes me for G.I. Joe.
Mekenna Melvin as Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde
Kitty matured a lot during her time with Excalibur. As Casey’s daughter on Chuck, Melvin gave the impression that–despite her age and inexperience–she could, very easily, become a part of Team Bartowski.
Alexander Nevsky as Colossus/Piotr Rasputin
Nevsky is a huge Russian dude, I think that’s enough. (He was also in a movie called Moscow Heat…which just really tickles me.)
Lindy Booth as Marvel Girl/Rachel (Summers) Grey
Rachel was there from Day One. Booth’s got sass. Rachel’s got sass. I like sass.
Dylan Moran as Pete Wisdom
Go watch Black Books…I’ll wait…
Karen Gillan as Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair
Scottish? Check. Redhead? Check.
Jesse Eisenberg as Douglock
Okay…Douglock is (essentially) some strange amalgam of Warlock and Doug Ramsey (aka Cypher). Now, while I had originally cast Chris Colfer as Cypher in my New Mutants movie, I decided to go with someone different to be the fake Doug.
Gina Bellman as Dr. Moira MacTaggert
Moira had a long history with the X-Men–as friend, associate, and lover of Charles Xavier–before Excalibur started using her mutant research center on Muir Island as a base of operations. Why Bellman? Why not?