FEATURE: Sinister Would Make An Excellent Big Bad For ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘X-Force’

Mar 2, 2016


We learned recently from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick during their interview with The Playlist that a handful of villains that were in the original Deadpool script won’t be returning for the upcoming sequel. Those baddies not likely to be apart of Deadpool 2 include Garrison Kane, Sluggo, and Wyre.

“You probably won’t [see them in the sequel],” Reese admitted, “But maybe in future go-rounds.”

So, what X-Men villain will they use for the sequel?

The Deadpool movies could really use their own Magneto or Loki for his side of the X-Men universe, giving him a reoccurring antagonist that really doesn’t need to die at the end of the film.

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In my mind that would be Nathaniel Essex aka Mister Sinister, a powerful human turned mutant geneticist. I could see him being the one pulling the strings of Angel Dust and Ajax. Along with possibly creating the human-to-mutant workshop that gave us Deadpool, as he does have connections to the Weapon X Program.

19th Century scientist Nathaniel Essex was genetically mutated by Apocalypse, who shared his philosophy of Social Darwinism. Becoming the immortal Mr. Sinister, he is perhaps the greatest geneticist in the world; capable of cloning, creating, enhancing, and controlling mutant abilities.

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Sinister is responsible for Nathan Summers aka Cable existing, which could allow his entry into the franchise as Cable will indeed be apart the sequel. Cable’s mother is The Goblin Queen aka Madelyne Pryor, Sinister’s clone of Jean Grey and his ally.

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I could see one of these workshops giving us mercenary Domino as well, as she’s rumored to be apart of the sequel.

Not to mention, Sinister could end-up becoming the leading threat in the purposed X-Force film, which Reynolds is making a priority, and the Deadpool writers want to tackle after the sequel. He’s also responsible for the Legacy Virus, which specifically targets mutants and kills them.

He also led other mutant super-villain groups such as the The Nasty Boys and The Marauders, the latter included Gambit as a member during the slaughter of another mutant group The Morlocks (Angel Dust happens to be a Morlock).


Another interesting angle could be if Fox is able to use the location of The Savage Land as Sinister’s base of operations. A tropical part of Antarctica filled with oddball creatures, prehistorical animals and dinosaurs. The only issue is that Marvel Studios attempted to make a Ka-Zar movie, which might mean the Savage Land rights aren’t at Fox.

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Including The Savage Land and Sinister would finally be an excuse to introduce X-Men villain Karl Lykos aka Sauron to the franchise.

Sauron is a comic book character, a supervillain in Marvel Comics’ main shared universe. An enemy of the X-Men, Sauron is the alter ego of Karl Lykos, sharing a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with the physician.

Recent Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston (Argo, Trumbo, Breaking Bad) did put himself out there as a possible candidate for the role, but we imagine that they could look at another British actor. Although, I wouldn’t be terribly upset if Cranston did get the role.


A couple names that come to mind include Clive Owen (The Knick, Shoot Em’ Up, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Captain America: The First Avenger, Strike Back), and Ryan’s Hitman’s Bodyguard co-star Gary Oldman (The Professional, True Romance, Dark Knight, Robocop).

Do you think Sinister should be apart of the Deadpool and X-Force movies?


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