Bryan Cranston Has Revealed the X-Men Villain He Wants to Play

By October 12, 2015
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Bryan Cranston sort of broke the internet last week when he voiced his interest in playing a Marvel super-villain onscreen. Of course, fans got excited over the possibility because who wouldn’t? Could you imagine Walter White himself taking on The Avengers or X-Men? Because something tells me there’s a large number of people out there would be more than interested in seeing that happen onscreen. After Cranston has already proven himself as one of the most versatile and engaging dramatic actors working today, and with some potential Oscar gold in his future for his upcoming turn in Trumbo - is it possible he might want to follow up this year’s awards season with something a bit more over-the-top and fun?

However, Cranston also reasoned that he’d only be interested in playing an original character in the films during the same interview, which seemed to make the already low possibility even smaller considering how close Marvel and Fox have tried to stick to their source material. It would be the first time either studio has created an entirely new antagonist for their heroes in a film and the likelihood just seemed incredibly low.

Well, it looks like Cranston might have changed his mind. During his recent appearance on the Supermansion panel at this year’s New York Comic-Con, a fan asked the veteran actor what Marvel villain he would like to play onscreen. His response? Mr. Sinister… To say that the audience reacted positively to the response would probably be an understatement. Check out the vine below (H/T

For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Sinister is a character created by Chris Claremont and was originally a man named Nathaniel Essex with a wife and child, living in 19th century Victorian London. He was obsessed with evolution, and especially Charles Darwin’s research on the subject. However, Essex believed that humanity was continually mutating, and that he would need to shed some of his moral limitations in order to continue his research. After being shunned by his peers and growing distant from his wife after the death of their son, Essex continued his work by experimenting on homeless people, and even dug up the body of his dead son to experiment on. He eventually helped in the reawakening of Apocalypse, who was intrigued by his work and offered him a chance at a longer life, advanced strength, and a healing factor.

After learning his wife had gone into premature labor, Essex tried to reconnect with his old life, but his wife was simply repulsed by him, saying she could never see him as anything other than sinister. With his old life in ruins, Essex accepted Apocalypse’s offer and became Mr. Sinister.

The character is one of the most celebrated villains in not only the X-Men universe, but in all of comics too, and it’s surprising that we still haven’t seen him in any of the X-Men films yet honestly. With X-Men: Apocalypse set to hit theatres next year though, and the film supposedly going to be the conclusion to the current trilogy (the two predecessors being First Class and Days of Future Past) it is highly possible that Fox could introduce Mr. Sinister into the Fox Cinematic Universe after the current story ends. Considering his strong ties to Apocalypse, Cable, Jean Grey, and Scott Summers in the comics too – is it possible we might get some Sinister set-up in the 2016 film?

Either way, I don’t think I’m alone in saying I could easily see Cranston playing Sinister incredibly well onscreen, and being able to successfully pull off the depth and comic book origins of the character in a real, and emotionally grounded way. While this actually happening is still pretty far from even being a possibility as far as we know, it seems like Cranston is more than up for the challenge, and with an already-established character now named as one he’d like to play – it certainly seems like a much more real possibility than it did just a few days ago.

Meanwhile, the next installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theatres on May 27th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable