When we learned that Psylocke was going to be apart of X-Men: Apocalypse, getting a complete reboot from her previous cameo in X3, I was beyond excited. She’s one of the more interesting female X-Men characters, and does have enough of a backstory/source material to keep her an important part of the franchise moving forward. If Jennifer Lawrence indeed exits the films, Betsy could very likely take over for Mystique.
While speaking with Cinema Blend, actress Olivia Munn isn’t shy with showing-off her knowledge of her mutant character, which apparently overwhelmed even director Bryan Singer during the shoot. Revealing a desire to possibly see Psylocke get her own story told eventually, maybe a spin-off film like Deadpool or Gambit?
Here’s what she had to say.
“If Psylocke had the chance to tell her story, it would be great to start with the genesis,’ she said, citing the years after the character graduated from university. Maybe, as she said, ‘We jump in the days right before all of her family is taken out and we have an understanding of what she had to lose, then her figuring out her powers and how powerful she is.'”
There’s all sort of angles to go with a rich character like Psylocke. Betsy Braddock‘s origins as a British spy is interesting of itself, Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain being her brother, eventually being transformed into the villainess Lady Mandarin hired to kill Wolverine, connections to Japan and Yakuza, her redemption as an X-Men, then becoming team leader of the modern version of the X-Force.
Fox is lagging behind Marvel’s Jessica Jones/Captain Marvel, DC’s Wonder Woman, and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by not having a female leading hero in their lineup. Joss Whedon has pointed out on many occasions Fox has access to some of the best female superhero characters in comics, and are doing nothing with them. Even if they once tried to make a Kitty Pryde movie that went nowhere.
As we have no idea what their plans are with Rogue or Kitty, they might as well attempt to spin-off Psylocke, since Munn seems just as passionate about her character as Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum have been. Those two films actually were spawned from desire during the release of Origins to see them get their own films.