Fans of X-Men comics will have recognized Deadpool 2 reference to the classic villain Mister Sinister. It’s not the first time that the villain has been teased, as Nathaniel Essex’s name came up at the very end of X-Men: Apocalypse.
At the end of Deadpool 2, we were introduced to the X-Force. Assuming that a future X-Force spinoff will share the same tone as Deadpool 2, a character like Mister Sinister might benefit from the weightier themes associated with him.
Mister Sinister was introduced in 1987, in Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men #221 as the leader of the Marauders, a group of lethal mutants. He was born in the 18th century and had a twisted obsession with Darwin’s theory of evolution, which drove him to conduct sick experiments on unwilling participants and on the exhumed corpse of his miscarried son.
After being turned into a mutant by Apocalypse, Sinister continued to acquire other mutant powers like superhuman strength, psionic, shape-shifting and regenerative powers. He’s also seemingly immortal, which is how experimented on entire bloodlines, as he did with Cyclops and Jean Grey, resulting in the birth of Cable through a complicated scheme involving cloning and a lot of stalking.
He occasionally mentioned “survival of the fittest,” but at his core, he was more or less the typical villain audiences have seen a thousand times already.
The X-Men films are known for showing depth and complexity in their villains; example, Magneto, has become a multidimensional character. From the very beginning, he was shown to be driven by more than just a desire to rid Earth of humans. He represented mutants that had been wronged by humanity.
The Deadpool films don’t necessarily treat their villains any better, but they also don’t take themselves seriously, most of the time. They blend humour with drama in such a way that they are able to successfully explore heavy themes without dragging the films down.
The scene with Wade in the doctor’s office with Vanessa, was largely devoid of jokes and was able to show us a more human side of both characters. This is an important quality while trying to depict Mister Sinister, because a lot of the villain’s impact is in the emotional turmoil he causes for those directly and indirectly affected by his machinations and experiments.
With X-Men, Sinister could be turned into another overpowered villain with no real purpose outside of fight scenes.
However, there’s the risk that his presence in an X-Force or Deadpool film would have the opposite effect, as audiences may not be able to take him seriously.
His appearance in an X-Men film would result in lengthy monologues and a final battle involving Sinister against Xavier’s mutants, while an X-Force film would be drastically different and probably funnier. That’s assuming he actually shows up in one of those movies. For now, we’ll have to be content knowing that someone with the name “Essex” exists in Fox’s X-Men Universe.
Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitc and features Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison as Russell and Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy.