2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” included a post-credits scene that teased the long-awaited screen debut of Mister Sinister, the X-Men villain who has yet to appear in a live-action work. In the scene, Wolverine’s blood is collected by Essex Corp. employees.
Sinister, whose real name is Nathaniel Essex, is a scientific genius and pale mutant with numerous abilities including telepathy, telekinesis, regeneration, shapeshifting and teleportation. Subsequent films including “Logan” and the upcoming “Dark Phoenix” reportedly haven’t followed through on including any further mentions or reveal of Mr. Sinister.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has been a fan-favourite choice for the role and, speaking with Screen Geek, has once again expressed a desire to play a comic book film villain and cited the X-Men villain specifically as his choice as he says he wants: “an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win…. Actually, that was the character, I’ll admit. Mister Sinister was the character I was thinking about.”
With Marvel Studios looking to reboot the franchise, it’s not clear if he’ll get his chance. Cranston also revealed why he turned down the role of Commissioner Gordon in “Justice League” last year, saying that if he wants to do one of these characters he wants to do one not yet adapted for the screen:
“I guess it’s a selfish standpoint. I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared like ‘well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.’ I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done.”
“Dark Phoenix,” “The New Mutants” and “Gambit” look set to close out the “X-Men” franchise for 20th Century Fox which is being absorbed into Disney Pictures with the property likely being rebooted by Marvel Studios in coming years.