According to Bryan Singer, Mr. Sinister is coming to the Fox X-Men universe. But he’s not appearing in the next X-Men movie. No, Sinister will be coming to the third solo Wolverine movie, which still has no official title or real synopsis yet (all we know is that it’ll be loosely based on Old Man Logan). Mr. Sinister has long been one of my favorite X-Men villains, but I won’t lie, after X-Men: Apocalypse I’m very wary about how Sinister will be portrayed on screen.
Naturally one of the biggest questions we have right now is who’s going to play Sinister? Well, that’s a good question. Wolverine 3 has already finished principal photography, so it can’t be some major actor that no one has heard of until now (or one that can be thrown into the film after the fact). Right now the rumor is Richard E. Grant, a character who was cast for Wolverine 3 for the role of a “mad scientist”, which certainly fits in with Sinister’s character. Plus it’s easy to picture Grant with the white face and crimson eyes that Sinister is known for. But I’m not convinced that Fox will have Sinister’s look be like it is in the comics.
One of the main problems I had with X-Men: Apocalypse was Apocalypse himself, mainly because of his design. While the caveat can be made that it is pretty difficult to adapt costumes and character designs from comics to the screen, Marvel studios and even Fox ones have shown that this is not always the case. Just look at Iron Man, Captain America, or even Deadpool for examples of costumes from the comics that look great on screen. Sinister’s look is one of the most iconic of the X-Men characters, and if they don’t try and do it justice, Fox is going to run into the same problems they had when the first images of Apocalypse came out. After the dismal reaction to that character design, I’m really hoping that Fox plays it safe with the look of Nathaniel Essex.
Sinister is also a character that, like all X-Men villains, has a pretty convoluted back-story. His connection to Apocalypse is a major part of the character, but since Apocalypse didn’t mention him at all. You can’t go back and retcon his history to be a part of Apocalypse’s inner circle, since X-Men: Apocalypse already established that Apocalypse had been in hibernation for decades, and was first awakened in the movie, so putting Sinister after an Apocalypse appearance is pretty confusing to be honest. Knowing this, I’m not expecting much from Sinister’s appearance in Wolverine 3. But maybe with my hopes being lowered, I might be pleasantly surprised by what we get when Logan returns to the cinemas next year.