James Marsden Won’t Be Involved in Days of Future Past


tumblr_m9fvoxnTXj1rw2uyvo6_1280When Bryan Singer took over for Matthew Vaughn on the X-Men: First Class sequel, he took the opportunity to integrate the cast of the original X-Men films, which he directed. Most of the cast has returned, including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Daniel Cudmore, Halle Berry and Shawn Ashmore, but there are two characters that folks have been waiting to hear news on. The first recently showed up in Hugh Jackman’s The Wolverine in some rather ethereal manner. Famke Janssen reprised her role as Jean Grey for a few dream sequences in the film, extending from the events of The Last Stand. The second character is one that also met his demise in the not-so-awesome third film in the X-Men franchise: Scott Summers.

There have been a few rumors floating around that Marsden would be returning to the franchise as Cyclops for Days of Future Past, but nothing that has really gained any traction. Still, many hope that Scott would make a miraculous return and join his brother(?) Alex Summers/Havok. We can report now that the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Marsden recently spoke with Vulture and he breaks the news that he won’t be returning, but is quite open to the idea of coming back.

And X-Men: Days of Future Past next year, or no? I mean, Cyclops was disintegrated, but if there’s time travel …
No, no X-Men, unfortunately. But who knows? If this next film really works, Bryan [Singer] has said he wants to fix a few things, so hopefully that’s one of them. It was great, to have a movie like that, the first two or three X-Men, and the studios in Hollywood work really hard to find a formula that’s successful, and you want to keep that intact, so …

We’ll see. I always liked Cyclops, but they have a lot of characters that they have to parcel out, spend time with each one, make sure everyone feels like they’ve been given their due, introduce them appropriately, but you could do a spinoff of every one of those characters and give them so much depth to the story line.

With Professor X returning in all his glory, you wouldn’t think it would be too far of a stretch to find a way to bring his character back from the beyond, but it seems there just isn’t a place for Cyclops in the latest film, but with Bryan Singer wanting to make good on a few things, Cyclops may still show up in a future film. The possibility of a solo film is always an option, but with the butchered story lines from the previous films, I’m not sure how that could happen without completely starting over. Do you think we’ll ever see Cyke return to the big screen? Sound off below!

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