Terminator 2, Cliffhanger, Rambo, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Universal Soldier. In 1989, Carolco bought the rights to Marvel's X-Men comic book. James Cameron was going to produce and his then wife Kathryn Bigelow was set to direct. Bob Hoskins was the favorite to play Logan/Wolverine while Angela Bassett was tipped to play the weather controlling Storm. Noted X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont and the man himself, Stan Lee, visited Cameron in 1990 to talk X movies but were quickly derailed when Lee brought up Spider-Man. Cameron's eyes lit up and Carolco ended up buying the rights to Marvel's web-slinger as well. Cameron wrote a scriptment for Spidey and even storyboarded numerous scenes. However, the bankruptcy of Carolco sent everything into a mess of litigation and by the mid 90's, X-Men went to Fox and Spider-Man to Sony. Cameron had already moved on and was waist deep into Titanic.
Professor Charles Xavier - Patrick Stewart. Yeah, I'm cool with this. Apparently so was Fox since he's about to play Professor X for a 6th time.
Lucas Bishop - Michael Dorn. I'm fine either way with this choice. Dorn has the voice and size to play the time skipping mutant.
Piotr "Colossus" Rasputin - Dolph Lundgren. Hell yes, perfect casting. 90's Dolph had the physique and quiet strength to play the shy Russian farm boy who has super strength and organic metal skin.
Scott "Cyclops" Summers - MICHAEL BIEHN. Even perfect-er casting than Dolph. A calm, cool headed leader who likes to mix it up and is also an under the radar babe magnet in a 90's James Cameron joint?! You couldn't ask for a better choice to portray Cyke.
Remy "Gambit" LeBeau - Jean-Claude Van Damme. Fuck yeah! A roguishly charming ladies man who fights with a bo staff and martial arts complete with a New Orleans accent? Why would you ever think of Taylor Kitsch, Channing Tatum or Josh Holloway for this? Boggles the mind.
Elizabeth "Psylocke" Braddock - Tia Carrere. I'm ok with this, not sure what her action chops were but she was in movies with Dolph, Brandon Lee and Arnold so...
Ororo "Storm" Monroe - Iman. Uh who? Sorry, I'll take Angela Bassett's beautiful yet strong presence over some rail thin supermodel for this one.
Jean Grey - Nicole Kidman. A pretty redhead with acting chops to play the lust of all X-Men that eventually goes crazy and destroys an entire population of aliens? Yeah, I'm down.
Logan "Wolverine" - Glen Danzig. Get the fuck outta here. Bob Hoskins would have been fine. Have him lose a few pounds but he would have been solid as the short, surly, beserking asshole of the team.
Cable - Clint Eastwood. This one is a wash, I mean who better to play a grizzled, hardass, time traveling soldier? He might have been a little old at the time but I'm having trouble conjuring up a suitable 90's alternative.
Erik "Magneto" Lensherr - Rutger Hauer. Good choice. Blade Runner and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Hauer is great at playing that Euro-trash villain with equal parts menace and grace. Ed Harris would be a good choice too.
Victor "Sabretooth" Creed - Clancy Brown. Highlander's Brown has the size, voice and maniacal moxie to tear shit up as the eviler version of Wolverine. "There can be only one!"
Cain "Juggernaut" Marko - Big Van Vader. Pro-wrestler Vader had the girth sure but I think this is a villain you could have kept out of a 90's X-Men film. Or cast a tall, muscular guy like Ralf Moeller to fill the role and shoot him at perspectives to make him even bigger so when Colossus defeats him, it's not an empty victory.
Emma "White Queen" Frost - Rebecca De Mornay. Yup. With 90's hot yet talented actresses like DeMornay, Kidman and Carrere around, this would have made a heck of a lot sexier X-flick than what we've been given with the actual movies.