For the longeat time, Apocalypse was the big bad that the X-Men films had yet to touch. He was constantlyÂ there, ready to be used for some film down the line and, finally, this summer, heâ€™ll get his call. So with such a massive character off the board, it begs the question of just who the future X-Men movies will have the team face off against.
There are still plenty of quality villains on the shelf and a lot of it is going to be determined by what kind of story they want to tell with the next film. What themes are important, which X-Men will take centre stage, and what does the world look like after Apocalypse? These are all questions that need answering to find a suitable threat next time out.
On a broad scale, the X-Men films have been very good about handling their villains. Theyâ€™ve generally presented strong characters with varied agendas and vastly different levels of power. Itâ€™s kept things interesting and brought new ideas and threats to the table. That trend ought to continue going forward.
So who’s it going to be? Looking across the X-Menâ€™s vast history, these ten are the mutants and creatures powerful enough to pose a threat to the greatest of heroes and deep enough to support a meaningful character on film. Singer, you better be listening.