Fans of the X-Men franchise have been blessed (or cursed, depending on how you look at it), with nine X-Men films and the 10th, Logan, is slated for release on March 3rd of this year. This year will also see the release of the first live-action X-Men television show: FX's Legion, which focuses on the relatively obscure X-character David Haller, the schizophrenic son of Professor X. In addition, Fox recently announced that it ordered a pilot for a new, untitled X-Men show. The plot is very vague at this point, but in the 50+ years of history with these characters, there's a wealth of great storylines from which to pull. Here are 7 X-Men storylines that would probably make for some great television. (Oh, and if you haven't read the comics, spoilers maybe?)
Chris Claremont is responsible for breathing life into Uncanny X-Men and The Dark Phoenix saga is arguably his best contribution to the title. So for fans, this would naturally make a great storyline to bring to television. A series that put Jean Grey at the center of the story, focusing on her history, her place on the team, her eventual rise to become the most powerful of the X-Men and her ultimate corruption and death would make for a compelling show. In addition, the comic storyline dives into the rest of the team, how they respond to seeing their friend and teammate turn evil and how they respond to her death and the moral repercussions of defending a friend after she's committed an egregious crime. And most important, a Dark Phoenix television series could help retcon the atrocity of X-Men: The Last Stand, which totally gets the storyline wrong. If the comic can literally retcon Jean's death a few years after The Dark Phoenix Saga, we should be able to wash that disgusting Last Stand taste from our mouths.
While the 90s cartoon show did touch on this storyline in the episode "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape," the general public is probably most familiar with the Weapon X history from the other astonishingly bad film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The core of Team X - an all-mutant CIA black ops team, is ripe for an action-based television show. While focusing on the team's missions, they can also start to question their superiors, getting flashbacks from their past lives that had been wiped by Weapon X, and ultimately tracking down the clandestine organization that created them. Another feather in the Team X cap is that, besides Wolverine, the story does not rely on heavily established characters in the film series, so it really could exist on its own. Unless, of course, a lot of people happen to love those famous characters Mastodon, Silver Fox, and the mighty Kestrel.
Outside of Magneto and maybe Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister is one of the more interesting X-Men villains (not to take anything away from the mad genius that is Arcade but, they have some lame villains). Mr. Sinister's obsession with Cyclops and the ultimate desire to get he and Jean Grey to swap spit so that they would produce the "perfect mutant" would be a great central good/evil theme for the whole series. At the height of their feud comes Mutant Massacre, another Chris Claremont classic which focuses on a war battle between The Marauders and The X-Men after the former attacked the underground mutant group The Morlocks. Mutant Massacre was a big success when it came out and the long time fans of Uncanny X-Men might appreciate seeing this story arc come to life.