When X-Men fans think of Riptide, they generally think back to his first appearance as one of the 'Marauders' during Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr.'s X-Men run in 1986. The Marauders were an evil team of mutants brought together by Gambit under the command of Mr. Sinister. Based on Riptide's character history and his first appearance, how will he fit into the 'X-Men: First Class' movie plot-line?
Riptide hadn't made an appearance in any of the 'X-Men: First Class' trailers or character teaser clips up until recently when we caught a glimpse of him as what appears to be Sebastian Shaw's right hand man. In the clip, we see Riptide in full force and in the guise of a tornado approximately 13 seconds in. He then reverts to a human likeness (portrayed by actor Alex Gonzalez) at around 50 seconds into the clip, adjusting his suit jacket.
In the brief moments we do see Riptide, he appears on screen as an assistant to Sebastian Shaw, the leader of The Hellfire Club. Could this mean that Riptide is simply one of Sebastian's henchmen in the upcoming movie? If so, this would be a completely different characterization of Riptide- not really what we've seen in the comics. The good news is that Riptide does seem to be keeping his powers; his crazy wind burst and super speed giving him powers likening to that of a tornado. How does this compare to his comic book appearances?== TEASER ==
In the comics, Riptide is considered something of a henchman as well, and is probably most famous for the damage he did to Nightcrawler during the Claremont story-line. During the Mutant Massacre, Riptide unleashed his whirl-wind powers, launching projectiles in all directions, massacring the Morlocks and causing the most damage of any other mutant. He gravely injured X-Men teammates Nightcrawler and Colossus- his actions eventually led Colossus to snap his neck. I have to wonder if Riptide will have his neck broken in the film, even though (unfortunately) Colossus won't be the one to do it.
Fox's X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011. What do you think of all the changes being made to the portrayal of the X-Men in the upcoming movie? It's pretty safe to say that his connection to Mr. Sinister will not be featured at all. Are you looking forward to the film?