I have been thinking about this for the last few days, ever since Fantasticcats asked “A Q for you (and anyone who has been many times): When you check in at the front desk at the beginning of each show, do they still ask if it is your first time there and go through the whole “how many times have you been?” thing. Or do they flick the card at you across the hallway, Gambit style, taking off the head of the person taking too long at the coat check, and you catch it between your teeth because that’s the kind of bad-ass you are. Or do they simply welcome you back?”
It’s been in my head for days now and I will admit that some of the following picks fit perfectly, and some just work out in my head. Feel free to comment or suggest other interpretations.
Here follows my interpretation of an all X-men version of SNM.
1. Macbeth: Colossus
Powers: Transforms into living organic metal form, granting superhuman strength and near-invulnerability. Can survive without oxygen or sustenance for long periods while in this form.
Why: This role needs a heavy lifter. Macbeth needs to be strong and in control of his own faculties. Colossus is one of the most stoic X-men, with a strong sense of purpose. He can only be manipulated by his sister Magik or when she is in trouble.
2. Lady Macbeth: Jean Grey
Powers: Possesses telekinesis and telepathy. As the template of the Phoenix Force, she is able to generate unlimited amounts of energy, travel through time-space, and manipulate matter on a subatomic level.
Why: All powerful. Jean Grey is the original X-lady. She has died and been resurrected several times, thanks to the Phoenix Force power she possesses. Unfortunately she has also been the target of many who are trying to rid the world of her influence. Lady Macbeth is also a very powerful woman. She exerts her force over her husband and sets into motion everything that occurs in the play.
3. Macduff: Havok
Powers: Generates plasma blasts and absorbs cosmic energy
Why: I picked these two simply because Havok and Polaris have a decades long relationship; one of the most enduring in the Marvel universe. They have also switched sides many times over.
4. Lady Macduff: Polaris
Powers: Generates magnetic fields to manipulate metal, induce flight, create force fields, and harness energy blasts.
Why: Polaris has not always been known for her sanity. She often struggles with her power and how to use it. Her and Havok have endured a decades long relationship.
5. Duncan: Magneto
Powers: Generates and controls magnetic fields for manipulating metal, flight, force fields, electrical bolts, and electromagnetic radiation.
Why: Magneto has proclaimed himself the King of his own kingdom. By far, one of the most influential mutants of his time, with the resources and power to get what he wants. He has also survived many assassination attempts and has been killed and resurrected on several occasions.
6: Malcolm: Wolverine
Powers: Healing factor (regeneration of tissue, immunity to virtually all toxins and pathogens, slowed aging process), enhanced senses, and retractable bone claws. Has the indestructible metal adamantium bonded to his skeleton, allowing enhanced physical attributes and sharp adamantium claws.
Why: Wolverine is a hard ass with a heart of gold. He’s probably not great detective material, but then again, neither is Malcolm. In this picture he wears his X like a badge, akin to the patch that Malcolm displays in the McKittrick.
7. Sexy Witch: Psylocke
Powers: Telekinesis, telekinetic katana, telepathy, psychic knife, immunity to most physical or mental alteration.
Why: Do I need to explain the sexy part?
8. Bald Witch: Storm
Powers: Weather manipulation (lighting bolts, wind, rain, etc.) and flight by “riding” wind currents.
Why: Storm is confidant and always in a powerful position. As the head of the trio of witches, Bald Witch is similar and holds sway over her coven. Storm is second in charge of the X-Men after Cyclops. Also, Storm likes to shave her head.
9. Boy Witch: Nightcrawler
Powers: Neomorphic physiology grants him a prehensile tail, blue fur, invisibility in shadows, night vision, and wall-crawling. Possesses line-of-sight teleportation.
Why: Boy Witch is all over the place and has a boyish, devilish quality about him. He flits from here to there in the blink of an eye, always with a devious grin and side-eye to last for ages. Nightcrawler literally looks like a devil and is impish, puckish, and debonair. Perfect fit.
10. Hecate: Scarlet Witch
Powers: Controls probability and reality. One of the strongest mutants in existence.
Why: I should hope I don’t need to explain this one. It’s obvious. The only problem is that Scarlet Witch was never a true X-man, but I HAD to use her for this.
11. Porter: Iceman
Powers: Generates freezing temperatures to create and manipulate ice. Can transform his body into ice.
Why: Iceman is one of the original X-Men. He was the youngest on the team and to this day, he is still coming into his own, both on a personal level and in his manipulation of his powers. He always tries to do the right thing, but is mostly thwarted by others. Porter displays the same qualities.
12. Catherine Campbell: Mystique
Powers: Shapeshifting, with her natural form having blue skin and yellow eyes. Possesses minor healing and reactive abilities and a slowed aging process.
Why: Is Catherine Campbell an agent of good or evil? Is Mystique an agent of good or evil. They both serve their own purposes and manipulate all around them. They also are both crushing on the king in an unrequited position. Mystique has her thing for Magneto and Campbell digs Duncan.
13. Speakeasy: Gambit
Powers: Charges inanimate objects with explosive kinetic energy; enhanced agility and hypnotic charm.
Why: A Cajun cad with a penchant for whiskey, women, and cards. His secondary powers include mild hypnotism and the ability to charm the pants off of anyone he sees. Speakeasy runs the fourth floor of the McKittrick, and if you want a free shot of whiskey, he’s the only one in the whole building that doles it out.
14. J. Fulton: Cyclops
Powers: Projects a beam of ruby-colored concussive force from his eyes, which act as interdimensional apertures between this universe and another.
Why: J Fulton is all about his morality. Every action he does has a strict religious and moral undertone to it. Cyclops is led by the same code (at least he use to be, I hear his character has become more militant lately). Cyclops does everything for the greater good. I initially had him pegged for Macbeth, but I don’t think anything could persuade him to kill the king.
15: Bargarran: Deadpool
Powers: Superhuman healing factor, “bodyslide” teleportation, augmented strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, (cursed) immortality, extreme marksmanship and swordsmanship.
Why: Bargarran is crazy. He does what he wants, where he pleases, with whoever or whatever is around. Deadpool is the only character in the Marvel universe that breaks the fourth wall. He often speaks to the reader and knows full well that hes an animated figure in a comic book. Deadpool is the craziest of the crazies, but still manages to have a cult of followers and an optimistic attitude.
16. Nurse Shaw: Elixir
Powers: Omega-level healer, capable of controlling all biological structures, transmuting objects, bringing back the dead, and killing through touch.
Why: Tough one here. I wanted to use a mutant who had healing powers, and Elixir was the only one I could find. I also really don’t know a lot about Elixir, but I also don’t know a lot about Nurse Shaw, as I tend to spend little time on the 5th floor.
17. Matron Lang: White Queen
Powers: Telepathy; can transform into an organic diamond form.
Why: They both have the white costumes (I told you some of these are a stretch). White Queen has also become somewhat of a matriarch for the X-men. Although she started as a villain, she is now one of the main teachers at the Charles Xavier institute.
18. Agnes Naismith: Jubilee
Powers: Can project and control explosive plasmoids, and possesses superhuman strength and flight through advanced technology.
Why: Young and spunky and very fashion-forward. Jubilee may have lame powers, but she speaks to the younger generation of readers. Again, I needed to pick a popular mutant and she seemed to fit best.
19. Banquo: Angel
Powers: Makes use of the large, feathered wings on his back for natural flight. Also has eagle-like vision and blood with regenerative properties. Can transform into a blue-skinned form with metallic, techno-organic wings, sharp metallic claws, and enhanced physical abilities.
Why: Banquo is by far one of the most tragic stories that unfolds in the McKittrick. Likewise, Angel has had his fair share of knocks over the years. His wings were ripped off at one point replaced by Apocalypse, who is one of the major enemies of the X-men. After that he became one of the four horseman and has died and was reborn as a good character again (do we sense a theme with the x-men?)
20. Anabella: Dryad
Powers: Elf like features, plant manipulation.
Why: I really don’t know anything about Dryad, but she’s the only mutant with plant powers. Seriously. THE ONLY ONE. Apparently Dryad is pretty lame and died in a bus explosion, but like I said, I don’t know much about her.
21: Various MIB/WIB: Professor X, Beast, Rogue
Powers: World’s most powerful telepath, capable of astral projection, mind control, illusion casting, memory manipulation, psychic blasts, and sensing the presence of nearby mutants.
Why: He had to be in here somewhere. As the founder of the X-men, he played an integral role in getting this all started. What I really want to see him as is the role of Leland Stanford in TDM, but that’s another story (He already has the wheelchair and everything)
Powers: Has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability. His feline-like form gives him night vision, minor pheromone control, enhanced senses and claws.
Why: Again, he needed to be here somewhere. beast is learned and erudite, and I bet you could have a hell of a conversation with him while waiting for the elevator to come.
Powers: Absorbs powers, memories, and personalities through skin-to-skin contact. Prolonged contact with others can cause her to permanently absorb their traits and potentially kill them.
Why: Originally I had Rouge as Agnes, but it just didn’t feel right. I would love to see her in a sparkled evening gown, complete with arm length gloves, welcoming guests into the McKittrick. And when she slams that elevator door, the whole damn thing would break.
22. Manderley Entertainment: Dazzler
Powers: Converts sonic energy into various forms of light, including laser-like beams, brilliant flashes, and holograms.
Why: Dazzler is a rock star. She is perfectly suited to be on a stage performing her heart out for us all!
I hope you all enjoy. Feel free to agree or disagree or argue your own choices! Thanks!