Fox’s X-Men Movies Wasted a Powerful Marvel Villain, TWICE – Can the MCU Save Him?

The Fox X-Men movies portrayed dozens of Marvel mutants, but one major villain never really got his due.

In bringing the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are countless corrections Marvel has to make when it comes to managing their mutant mythos. There were so many heroes to adapt and different portrayals done in the X-Men franchise for Fox Studios that sometimes a villain fell to the wayside, and that goes doubly so for the bad guys who didn’t play as big a role in the plot. It’s important to make space for those smaller characters, especially when they’re as powerful as someone like the Blob. The Fox movies did the character wrong twice over, and it’s up to the MCU to correct those mistakes.

The Blob had two appearances in the Fox franchise, and in both, he was little more than a disposable joke. X-Men Origins: Wolverine introduced him as a member of Weapon X alongside Wolverine, a dim-witted mutant granted enhanced strength and durability that built him up as though he would be a formidable force in combat. But later in the film, and the time skip of the plot he packs on a ludicrous amount of weight, used as a training dummy against Wolverine while drinking a Slurpee. X-Men: Apocalypse reused the villain as disposable fodder, defeated by Angel in a cage match almost entirely off-screen.

But when the Blob was first introduced in the comics, he was a substantial threat. His size lending his opponents a false sense of security, the extremely durable mutant could shrug off bullets and cannonballs and anything the super team could throw at him. Overpowering them with his physical strength and gaining a reputation over the years as the “immovable object” for his ability to bind himself to the ground by manipulating gravity, somewhere along the way the Blob lost any semblance of being a real threat and become a tasteless joke rarely given depth to his characterization.

Thankfully for the MCU, this is an opportunity. Shifting trends toward body positivity reveal the cheapness of making Blob’s size the target for such an easy joke, and by exploring the effect such cruelty would have on his character, there is the chance for insight into what effect such prejudice can have on an individual. Blob’s relationship with his body creates the perfect opportunity to explore the parallel between mutant prejudice and the innumerable real-world prejudices it so often serves as an allegory for.

If the MCU plans to form a Brotherhood, then one of the most meaningful divergences they could make from Fox is fleshing out the group with characters that have actual backgrounds and motivations. Too often the Fox films introduced characters just for the sake of listing them in the credits, and rather than fulfilling fans’ wishes to see them done justice, the films committed the injustice of portraying them poorly. The Blob not only had the same injustice committed against him but it was also done to the character more than once.

With a Deadpool 3 somewhere in the works at Marvel, it could be the perfect opportunity to make the villain as memorable a treatment as Deadpool 2’s Juggernaut. Similarly reduced to little more than a joke in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Deadpool franchise righted a wrong by giving the character the level of power that makes an impression on audiences. By embracing not only his power but his character as well, the MCU could do the same for Blob.

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The Fox X-Men movies portrayed dozens of Marvel mutants, but one major villain never really got his due. In bringing the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are countless corrections Marvel has to make when it comes to managing their mutant mythos. There were so many heroes to adapt and different portrayals done in…

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