Marvel Studios may be poised to release its “biggest” film ever when Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters in May. However, by the sounds of it, Fox is mounting a similarly massive superhero ensemble adventure with next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
After essentially resetting the franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new film is expected to round out the trilogy of stories that began in X-Men: First Class and perhaps set the stage for new directions the series could take, including the officially-announced Gambit film starring Channing Tatum. In addition, the film will introduce younger versions of classic X-Men Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey, neatly connecting these prequel films to the original trilogy.
Now that these roles have finally been cast, HitFix caught up with James Marsden – who played Scott Summer a.k.a. Cyclops in the first three X-Men films – for his thoughts on whether Tye Sheridan is a good choice for the role.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I think he’s a wonderfully talented actor who blew me away in ‘Mud.’ I’ve never seen a kid that young be that present and that powerful. So I think he’s a perfect fit, and I congratulate him.”
Marsden previously endorsed his The Best of Me co-star Luke Bracey for the role of young Cyclops, but few would argue that Sheridan is a bit closer to the age that Scott Summers would be during the 1980s setting of X-Men: Apocalypse. The young actor has already impressed in smaller films like Mud and Joe, and his casting continues the X-Men franchise trend of casting rising stars instead of established names with its more recent films. After all, Jennifer Lawrence was brought in as Mystique long before her Oscar win or her star-making turn in The Hunger Games.
The fact that Marsden remains supportive of Sheridan shouldn’t serve as a surprise to fans, as the actor has said nothing but positive things about his experience with the X-Men franchise and seems open to returning at some point. Considering how hardcore fans often bemoan the brief screen time that Cyclops has received throughout the films, that certainly could be possible in years to come, especially with Fox’s growing list of X-Men related projects.
In the meantime, at least Sheridan will get a chance to breathe new life into a younger version of the character.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.