Originally Posted by conan69
I agree theyve shoehorned too many characters in the films - which is why they were stuck with some lame Xmen for First Class. There werent many interesting characters left to use (at least that I can remember from when I read the books).
Angel Salvadore, Darwin.. bleh. I would have preferred Thunderbird.
I think the character choices for First Class were based on who they could feature in a 1960s setting (rather than on who was left to use). That rules out Cyclops, Jean, Storm and many others.
I feel sure Angel Salvadore was a Vaughn choice. I recall he had wanted a female Angel in The Last Stand, and the fans all (quite rightly) went berserk and said it should be Warren Worthington instead, so he finally got his wish this time. They also needed a flying baddie for Banshee to go up against. In addition, we hadn't seen an insect-winged mutant before, so she provided something new and different. And maybe they wanted to do it before Marvel introduced Wasp - that's pure speculation on my part.
In the comics, Darwin was part of an early team even before Thunderbird arrived, as revealed in Deadly Genesis. And he has a sacrificial role, rather like Thunderbird.
But I do think Angel and Riptide were odd choices for the first Brotherhood. They were, however, chosen to fit the requirements of the story rather than fit what is expected because of the comics.
The first Brotherhood in the comics had Toad (already seen in X1), Mastermind (loosely adapted as Stryker's son in X2), Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (both of whom would have been good additions, for sure, and far better choices than Angel and Riptide).