– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It has been announced that the first casting of the upcoming Fox X-Men series is in the books, if you will. My mother being Cherokee makes this yummy for me, as the character is being referred to as “Sam” and is being described as “the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network.” The character is being played by Blair Redford and the show’s brief synopsis is as follows:

“The drama will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”

Matt Nix (Burn Notice), the series’ creator, has revealed some further information about the show, as well.

“It’s designed to sidestep questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?’ You have to answer those questions. It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue. Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I’m inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology.”

This sounds very entertaining, and this character could simply be a new creation. The Bryan Singer directed pilot is called “Heaven,” which is only a working title, and in all likelihood, “Sam” is a codename as well.

But, from current mythology, who could a strong-headed Native American be that leads an underground network?

James and John Proudstar, aka Warpath and Thunderbird.

Take your pick, but Warpath was featured in Days of Future Past, so my running bet is that it will be John Proudstar, or Thunderbird. He was first featured in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975). His powerset includes Superhuman Strength, Speed, Stamina, Sturdiness, and is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat.

Warpath has a very similar powers, but he also has a keen sense when it comes to hunting and tracking, and as we saw in Days of Future Past, this can extend for many miles.


Dani Moonstar

This would be neat, except for the minor fact that she is female. But, we never know how a character can be rewritten. She first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants (1982), and her power set use to be immense including psionic abilities and creating illusions. She lost many of these, and has even become an Asgardian Valkyrie.

Sam Gutherie aka Cannonball

First appearing in Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants (1982), Sam has the power to emit thermo-chemical energy from his skin which allows him to propel himself at objects with the force of a bomb (think Negasonic Teenage Warhead). However, this would also have to be a character rewrite, as he is not Native American. But, this may simply where the Matt Nix is actually telling the truth about the characters name.


Forge’s mutant ability is his genius level, and the power to think great machines into existence using only his mind and a little bit of elbow grease. The thing about Forge is that nobody knows his real name or heritage, and in the recent comics he portrays the modern day version of himself, who in a way, looks like the actor hired for the role.

I am sure that new hires will be rolling in over the next few weeks that may give us a good indication of just what Matt Nix has in mind for the show. Are you excited for this series? Who could the mysterious “Sam” actually be? Let’s hear from you!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.