Orphan. Street rat. Queen. Goddess. Warrior. Badass. Mutant. X-Men fan favorite mutant Ororo "Storm" Munroe has literally got it all — except her own solo film.
The release of 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse attempted to bring fans a new, slightly alternative view of some of the mutant heroes we've come to love (or loathe) since the beginning of the franchise back in 2000. Among the youthful versions of X-Men team, we were introduced to a young incarnation of Storm (portrayed by Alexandra Shipp) and learned her life wasn't as easy as that of the other members of her team.
However, just as quickly as we learned that she was a punk kid with a mohawk living in Cairo, the film brought its focus back to the mutants whose backstories we already knew, like Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott "Cyclops" Summers (Tye Sheridan), and even Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Even more disappointing was the lack of screen time given to Storm, who is arguably one of the most powerful X-Men, while ample time was given to everyone else — including Wolverine, who got yet another cameo ahead of his upcoming third and final solo film, Logan.
But with the ensemble cast franchise seemingly coming to an end on the rise of solo films like Deadpool and the iffy Gambit project, could the world finally handle a spin-off flick starring none other than Storm?
Of course, the more likely candidate for a solo route would be Mystique, since everyone apparently loves Jennifer Lawrence and her adaptation of the character (whom Rebecca Romijn initially played, with few lines and tons of stealth). But when you really break it down, Ororo truly has more to give if you're looking for a dynamic, immersive and visually appealing film.
Now, I know some of you are reading with a turned-up face like, "Uh, Storm was barely present in any of the other X-Men films (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past), so why should she get her own spin-off?" And you're right. Why should someone who was treated as background fodder get their own film? However, I've found six reasons why this amazing woman should be the star of her own movie ...
6. Her tragic backstory.
Everyone knows the sad story of how Bruce Wayne became a billionaire orphan who eventually turned into Batsy, right? Well, guess what? He's not the only orphan in the world, and Ororo's backstory is even sadder. At a young age, she loses her parents in a heinous fire (caused by an attack on the Suez Crisis in Egypt) and she's literally buried alive under her dead parents. While falling into a cave caused Bruce to become a creature of the night, being covered in the carcass of her family caused Storm to develop a bad case of claustrophobia. That beats Bruce falling into a pit of bats any day.
5. Her bad girl streak.
Before crossing paths with Charles 'Professor X' Xavier, Ororo wasn't the meek and mild weather warrior we've come to see on the big screen. While other orphaned heroes had some positive mentor to guide them through life (Kal-El had the Kents, Bruce had Alfred), Ororo didn't. In fact, she becomes a street urchin, picking pockets and stealing to get by. She even becomes a master thief. Eventually, she crosses paths with Charles, but not before she killed a guy (during an attempted rape) and learned how to harness her untapped potential.
4. She's a tribal priestess and goddess.
Yes, Storm's actually got some mysticism running through her veins! The tornado aficionado comes from a long line of African sorceresses with mystical powers. After wandering around for many years on her own, she finds herself in her ancestral home of Kenya and learns how to control her gifts. She became so revered by her people for her powers, the villagers worshipped her as their rain goddess. Yaaas, queen!
3. Her full power has yet to be shown.
One thing that's always bothered me is that way Storm's powers have been reduced to her eyes glowing white while she kicks up a stiff wind and strikes someone with a bolt of lightning. This woman’s abilities are BEYOND the slicing and dicing Wolverine can do with some claws — and that needs to be seen.
2. She's one of the top-ranking X-Men.
Did you know that Storm was once a leader of the X-Men? Yes, she was. Why? Because she fought her own battles and proved her own worth by rising up from her humble, misguided beginnings into something magnanimous.
1. Her ties to Black Panther!
One of the overall reasons fans should get to see Storm command the screen has to do with her love affair with Wakanda's T’Challa, aka Black Panther.
If you're unaware, the two met as youngsters when Storm saved a then-Prince T’Challa from kidnappers. Yup, she did that. Their romance was short-lived, but they were able to rekindle years later and she became Queen of Wakanda ... while still maintaining peace and order in the world.
Now that Marvel is slated to release a movie on the feline superhero in 2018, it’s only right that the woman who stands by his side in the comics gets one too. So, Marvel Studios and Fox, learn to play nice! I'm just saying …
With Captain Marvel getting her first feature length film from Marvel Studios and DC giving Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn their own films, it would be nice of Fox to give a superheroine — and one of color, at that — a little shine. I will not tell a lie, it was my hope Alexandra's interpretation would lend a little help to the cause, but unfortunately the latest iteration of the character was almost as forgetful as the previous ones by Halle Berry (sorry, but it's true).
Hopefully (one can hope, right?), we'll see a more powerful, active version of Storm in the Black Panther movie — or at the very least feel her presence.