The X-Men fan-cast that needs to happen in the MCU

X-Men Apocalypse team. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
X-Men Apocalypse team. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox. /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 15: Lovie Simone attends the “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” New York Premiere at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 15, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images) /

Lovie Simone as Storm

Storm wasn’t part of original team, but she had to be on list. The African born X-Men member who deserves better treatment. Halle Berry played the role in the original X-Men. Of course, she did her thing, but X-Men fans thought we’d see more of a woman who became the leader of Professor X’s group. After the events of Days of Future Past, we got an origin story of sorts. Alexandra Shipp played the role of a young Storm, who joined Apocalypse in his quest for world domination. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the Storm story that deserved to be told. Storm deserves better.

One of the easiest fan casts would be Keke Palmer as Storm. The 28-year-old is one of the best young Black actresses in Hollywood. She’s an easy choice for Storm (not Rogue). Kiki Layne (30) has leading lady qualities — see The Old Guard and If Beale Street Could Talk. Other great choices are Coco Jones and Ajona Alexus.

For this writer, Lovie Simone is the woman for the role. She’s a young talented actress with a commanding presence recognized as one of the best up-and-coming actresses on the rise. Part of playing Storm is being able to be a leader. Simone can do that and much more. In fact, the 23-year-old actress did just that as Selah, the leader of a socially powerful faction, in the critically acclaimed Selah and the Spades. She also starred in The Craft: Legacy and Starz’s Power Book III: Raising Kanan. She’s next set to star in a show about finding Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, Manhunt.