Over the years, the X-Men have faced many villains that threatened harm on humanity. Some of the villains that the X-Men have faced over the years became legendary in the X-Men mythos and they included Magneto, the Hellfire Club, Mr. Sinister and many, many more! Currently however, it seems that most of the X-villains are siding with the X-Men and most of the villains nowadays that the X-Men face are basically alternate versions of older villain groups.
Recently, most of the newer villains that the X-Men have faced were mainly alternate versions of the older villain groups. Some popular examples of this were the Sisterhood of Mutants which was led by Madeline Pryor and it mirrors the Brotherhood of Mutants and most recently, the Hellfire Club kids which mirrors the original Hellfire Club, but is mainly composed of kids. Even though they were threats to the X-Men, it seems like their goals are sort of one sided and they were just there to cause trouble for the X-Men.
Probably the X-Men’s greatest enemy of all time was Magneto. Magneto was not only the X-Men’s greatest foe because he caused mass destruction everywhere he goes, but he was against Professor Xavier’s dream of bringing mutants and humans together. The goal of the X-Men was that they fight any kind of threats that threatens humanity and try to prove to the human population that they are the good guys. Magneto however, always believed that mutants were far superior to humans and he believed that the human race should be eliminated. Also, his back story on his experiences during the Holocaust clearly defined his character and his beliefs about mutants being more superior to humans. Since then, Magneto has always gave the X-Men a hard time, until recently when he joined Cyclops’ team in fighting threats against the mutant population.
Recently however, Mr. Sinister has come back and gave the X-Men a hard time; however, Mr. Sinister was an older villain who was a threat to the X-Men before in the past. So, is it time now to have a newer villain who was never thought of before to come and attack the X-Men?
I personally think that the X-Men need a newer villain to challenge them since the majority of the best villains are now working with the X-Men. Also, I think a new villain would be better suited for the current situation that the X-Men are now facing since now the X-Men has to deal with the mutant population dwindling due to the events of “House of M.” There needs to be a villain who wants to destroy the mutant race and who has convincing motives for doing so, such as the new villain loathes the mutant race because maybe the villain is a mutant and he or she hated the way that he or she was treated because of that. Or, the new villain could be like William Stryker, who was also another memorable villain, meaning that the villain could be a human being (even though I really want the X-Men to have more human allies in the future) who wants to take advantage of the mutants’ current situation and destroy the entire race by creating a virus or something like that to kill them. Villains like Magneto were memorable in the X-Men universe because they went against what the heroes believed in and at the time that Magneto was the villain, he was against the idea of humans and mutants coexisting with each other which was what Professor Xavier wanted. The newer villains need a purpose to go against what the X-Men are trying to do right now and that is saving the mutant race from extinction.
So what do you think? Do you think that the X-Men need a new and original villain to go against what they are trying to do right now or are you satisfied with the current villains they have now?