Yes anon people were raving up and down so much for him its why the crowd didn't say shit when he got swapped out in video games for war machine and nobody could actually name a memorable villein for him. And who could forget his 90s cartoon with classics such as BTAS?
As another anon stated, IM has comic fans but these movie pushes are aiming for a wider audience. Do you think Blade was on anyone's radar before his 3 movie run? Fuck no.
Look here is the truth, execs looking at these things give zero fucks about the core comic audience & runs they've held. What they want is characters that have had any measure of viability or potential to be stars and Storm fits that. Comic readers are just a guaranteed bonus.