I’d love to see a movie focusing on this tough, sexy black female superhero. But here’s why it’ll never happen
This article is sitting on my spirit, beloveds. I cannot deal. There are obvious reasons why we probably won’t be seeing a Storm origin movie anytime soon: she’s a black woman for one, and they did a terrible job with the character in the original films for another—the second being directly related to the first, in my opinion…Hollywood has a track record of self-fulfilling prophecies about why POC films don’t sell, and, if you don’t treat them with the credibility of your white male leads, why would they? But with the rock-afire explosion that is X-Men:Days Of Future Past , and the hilarious reveal that preceded it , I am firmly in the camp of “how can we NOT introduce a new Storm?”.
If any of the chatter is to be believed, next down the pipeline for Fox/Marvel is Magic Mike Triple Gambit, 50 more Wolverine movies, and X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, if they want to create a fairly seamless mashup of comic lore and movie canon (which lbr, they don’t), a young Storm is the perfect addition to the Wu Tang Clan of mutants they’re already working with. By most accounts, Storm is integral to a Gambit origin story (and I will let you wiki that one yourself because you’re not coming in this inbox talking about spoilers), and if we’re working with most of the original Apocalypse plot, as Future Past suggests, then not including Storm would be a flagrant failure, creatively speaking. It’s too easy and too good not to do.
I’m not even going to get into casting because if Iron Man can bring Robert Downey Jr. back from the brink of utter travesty, Thor can usher in an unknown former Dancing With The Stars: Australia contestant, and The Avengers can make a fan fave out of a character will MULTIPLE garbage films from two completely different creative camps, not to mention spawn a TV show from a secondary character…then X-Men can cast the far from unknown Lupita Nyong’o or Naomie Harris. The X-Men films already have their box office draws with their 2 male leads, not casting someone with Halle Berry’s name recognition isn’t going to hurt them. Remember, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t hot in the streets when they cast her, either.
Off in the distance you may hear internet crybabies whining about how “Storm isn’t even a good character anyway” and that “she’s boring” and “her powers suck”. To which I offer a hearty LOL, and you can thank FOX for that one. The Storm that many of us know and love, is a deep, multi faceted character, that is an important part of the X-Men franchise, even outside of being one of the few black superwomen in comics, cartoons, or otherwise (and that should be enough right there). As for her origin story being “boring” or overly simplistic, you tell me does watching someone: be worshipped as a god, watching her family die in a fire, become a pickpocket, get turned into a baby child and then back to an adult, get into some badass underworld shit, chill in Japan with her girlfriend, have a cool haircut, maybe bone a vampire (if they want to go there), among a host of other things…does watching someone do all that in a movie sound boring or simplistic to you? Because if it does you should probably also stop rallying for that Wonder Woman or Black Widow movie fandoms have been clamoring for, because if all of that doesn’t make you happy, then I’m not sure if anything will.