by Brett White
The casting of Peter Dinklage in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” came out of nowhere this week. The fan-favorite actor has proven he has serious chops as Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” and now he’s joining the ranks of Bryan Singer’s ever-expanding, sure-to-be-epic X-Men sequel.
There’s nothing bad about this news, except for the identity of Dinklage’s character: it appears that Dinklage is playing the bad guy in this time-spanning sequel.
This comes as a serious surprise, since this casting seems to confirm that the film’s villain will in no way tie into the original comic story. Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants were the heavies then, but Dinklage’s casting and Mystique’s essential role as a protagonist in “X-Men: First Class” means that this villain will be totally unexpected… unless Singer really wants to up Avalanche’s profile.
Here are the X-Villains we could see The Dinklage tackling.
An immortal mutant with his roots in ancient Egypt, Apocalypse has total control over his molecular structure and is more than a little obsessed with evolution. He’s so evil he makes Proteus look like a straight-up goofball, and Dinklage has the intensity and the voice to bring this maniacal, alpha super villain to life. Dinklage would play this role in a way similar to Mark Ruffalo’s turn as the Hulk in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” where animators would match every one of Dinklage’s facial expressions and movements to the massive villain. Dinklage would destroy as Apocalypse, so much so that the audience may start to root for him over the X-Men.
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