James Marsden Talks X-Men 4 & 5, Off Camera Death in X-Men 3

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:10 am,

james marsden talks x men 4 and 5 James Marsden Talks X Men 4 & 5, Off Camera Death in X Men 3

The first three X-Men films were incredibly successful, if not always universally loved. And while X-Men: First Class is technically a part of that franchise, it also exists on its own – separate from Wolverine, Cyclops and bad-wig-wearing Storm.

It was recently announced that Fox was actively developing X-Men 4 and 5, perhaps to be directed by Bryan Singer. Now, the man who played Cyclops, James Marsden (Hop), is talking about whether or not he wants to participate in the sequels and how he felt about his death in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

On the subject of whether or not he would like to take part in the new X-Men sequels, Marsden said in his interview with Movie Line:

“Yeah, I would love to! Honestly, people ask me more about that than anything and it’s almost embarrassing how little I know about what’s going on with X-Men: First Class. But I guess it’s obviously a prequel and it takes place before our movies, so I’m excited to see it, and I’m excited they’re making it. I think they’re smart, they know they can make X-Men movies as long as they want. There are plenty of characters and plenty of backstories, so I’m happy that they’re continuing the mythology. And I’m happy to have been a part of it at some point. But it would be great to get Hugh [Jackman] and Famke [Janssen] and Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellan] and Halle [Berry] and everybody back together again to do another installment, our next chapter.”

When asked if he was disappointed about not receiving a proper “send-off” in the universally-loathed X-Men: The Last Stand, Marsden laughed and said:

“Well, the thing is I appreciate all the fans that have said that he didn’t get his due, or whatever. But for me it’s very difficult to look back on that experience with any sort of disappointment or regret. I feel really lucky to have been in those movies and feel very proud of what I do in those movies; it’s difficult when you have however many — 12, 15 — new characters that you’re trying to introduce to an audience in 90 to 120 minutes, to give everyone their due. That’s one of the reasons you’re seeing so many spin-offs, because every character could have a spin-off. You could have a Cyclops spin-off, you could have a Jean Grey spin-off — there’s an enormous wealth of backstory and character that you could make a franchise out of each of these characters. So in our X-Men they were always written from Wolverine’s standpoint. He was the lead protagonist. But that could have easily been Storm’s, or Beast’s — it just so happens that the ones I was a part of were very much focused on Wolverine, who was a very popular character in the comics. But I think there’s a lot more story to Cyclops, there’s a lot more depth that exists in the comics. But again, I’m also really realistic about the challenge of introducing and bringing all that depth to however many characters there are within the average running time of a movie.”

I have to say, as much as I hated X-Men: The Last Stand (and truly, there are few movies I enjoy less), killing off Bryan Singer’s Cyclops was one of the few things I felt the film did right. There wasn’t a moment in either X-Men or X2: X-Men United where I felt that the character had a single shred of emotion or…well, character. Whereas the comic book version of Cyclops has become an incredibly complex, zero tolerance badass, the movie version can only be described as boring, boring, and really, really boring.

X-Men: First Class hits theaters 2011. Hop, starring James Marsden and Russell Brand, hits theaters tomorrow. For more X-Men 4 and 5 news, keep your eye on the main page.

Source: Movie Line

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  1. Please make X-men 4 and 5 bring back the guy who played cyclop

  2. Yea i agree.. where the hell is x men 4? the aftermath of x men 3 last stand not first class.. your just left at the end with magneto not truly losing his powers and xavier still being alive. Its been years now and still no answers… very disappointing

    • The directors and producers of X-men 3 should have been shot. That was a slap in the face to all marvel fans. Apparently those responsible for the Avengers movie paid attention. Although not all of the avengers movies leading up to the Avengers were great, the final outcome was excellent. Mabe Those who have the rights to the x-men movies should follow suit. MAke Main movies of the core or key characters and short movies of the second tier characters. or a combination movie introducing 3-4 characters like jubilee, kitty pride, night crawler etc….

  3. X-MEN III The Last Stand, why can’t they stick to the comics story lines for once, it was very sad to see Cyclops killed off, that was stupid, and to trow away a character who plays very important part to the series, along with Professor X I this film maker ran out of ideas. Im sure fans collectors of the X-MEN comics were let down, by this and this was made just to make money thats it, and some of these filmakers dont care.

  4. I have been wanting to know about if things will br shown from the end of x 3 when charles wakes uo in the hospital bed after gene killed him. will that ever be continued or left hhanging on everyone’s mind??

  5. Had Cyclops been rightfully treated as the main character instead of Wolverine (since he’s the first member and leader of the X-Men, and is disciplined), the first trilogy movies would have been better.
    One way to redeem the mistake to have mistreated Cyclops would be make a movie in which Cyclops is revealed alive (never killed) and Phoenix (reincarnated) used by Sinister to create Cable with their bloods to oppose Apocalypse. The reason why these 2 primary villains in the X-men universe had never been featured is because Wolverine means nothing to them, and featuring them would give more importance to Cyclops, so they will never be featured as long as they keep giving all the credits to Wolverine.
    I say it’s time to change and redeem your mistakes.

  6. I’m Sure glad the X-MEN comics did not end like this or the Comic would not have lasted all these years.
    The only thing I think they got right in these films are the actors they got to play the characters, the films sucked.

  7. I really don’t understand what they were thinking killing him off. Cyclops is my favorite (even before the first movie)and he’s such an important part of the whole thing. I used to love the X-Men movies and always got excited when another one came out. When I saw Last Stand everything changed. I lost major interest after that. I haven’t even seen First Class or The Wolverine yet. Without Cyclops what’s the point of watching an X-Men movie. Cause really, can it even be called an X-Men movie without him?

  8. Disagree….they need to develop his character more-yes. Cyclops was the backdrop to Wolverine and it wasn’t necessary to do so.

    I liked Marsden in the role. There are other characters that they didn’t develop well either. I would enjoy seeing 4#