Why X-Men's Storm should get her own movie, instead of Deadpool

Sep 22, 2014 at 5:32 p.m. ET
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It's spinoff season in Hollywood and all the gents are lining up for release dates. So, where are the women?

Ryan Reynolds is having a good day. His well-received spin as Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine fueled years of rumors that his character would someday land a spinoff. But, Deadpool is a mentally unstable mercenary whose story line is considerably darker than other X-Men characters Fox has been developing. As a result, a spinoff about the character seemed doomed to languish in development hell, until it was announced this week that a stand-alone Deadpool project has not only been green-lit, but is slated for release in 2016.

Thus, Reynolds joins Channing Tatum as the latest X-Men man to land a spinoff project and, while we're excited to see where in the Marvel universe these two characters will take us, we can't help but wonder: Why hasn't the Fox and Marvel franchise machine made plans for a female-driven X-Men film?

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Well, we have a suggestion for Fox and Marvel: Storm.

One of the most interesting leading ladies in the X-Men series is Storm. Played by Halle Berry, the weather-controlling mutant is fierce, in control and also in possession of an incredibly interesting origin story just ripe for filming.

See, it turns out Storm is the descendant of an ancient line of African priestesses. And not only that, her mother was a princess of a tribe in Kenya before marrying a New York photojournalist. The two fell in love and began a family together before moving to Cairo where, when Storm was just 5 years old, both her parents were both killed by a bomb. (Cue comment about recent political events being super timely and relevant...)

After her parents were killed, Storm took to the streets where she learned how to pickpocket under the auspices of a street thug who schooled children in thievery. One day, she picked the pocket of a young Charles Xavier (we love us some James McAvoy), landing her on his mutant radar (oh, foreshadowing!). Storm wrestled with street thugs, fighting them off with her underdeveloped powers until fate, and Dr. Xavier, finally stepped in.

Doesn't that sound like territory worth exploring?

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But even though Storm's backstory is definitely film-worthy, there's another, perhaps more important, reason we want to see Storm get her own feature: the opportunity to see a fully-fleshed out female character carrying her own X-Men film. Sure, there are a lot of strong female characters in the franchise, but they're always operating in support of mutant men, instead of leading the charge themselves. Are we honestly supposed to believe that the Marvel universe can't come up with a deep, complex, ticket-selling, female-driven story line?

Or are we supposed to think they're just not interesting enough?

Come on, Fox; give us the female lead we can't wait to cheer for! Give us X-Men Origins: Storm.