Bryan Singer’s latest tweet is a bit of a blunder on Fox’s part…
In the comics, the father of Cyclops and Havok is none other than Christopher Summers, a suave swashbuckling space pirate. See, Corsair and his wife were kidnapped by aliens back in the day, leaving Cyclops and Havok believing themselves to be orphans. Their mother didn’t survive, and Corsair wouldn’t return for years.
Sure, at first glance this seems an irrelevant plot, but consider: Fox have the rights to both X-Men and Fantastic Four, and are apparently aiming to build a shared universe (isn’t everybody?). The Fantastic Four are particularly notable for their space-adventures, and X-Men: Apocalypse introduces Apocalypse’s spacecraft, so we’re moving into the same kind of ballpark.
Except Fox don’t have rights to most of the traditional Fantastic Four aliens – you know, races like the Kree or the Inhumans that the Kree create. But they do have rights to the FF’s Skrulls (hence ‘The Avengers‘ used the Chitauri as their substitute), and they also have rights to the X-Men’s Shi’ar.
You know who kidnapped Corsair and his wife? Yup, the Shi’ar.
If Fox are attempting to build a shared universe, then Corsair is a tremendously useful building block. One they evidently aren’t too bothered about using. It’s a wasted opportunity, and it’s a shame to see it.