It’s generally accepted among fans of the X-Men movie series that 2006’s The Last Stand is the black sheep of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men family. With a troubled production that involved original director Bryan Singer leaving to direct Superman Returns – a decision he probably regrets in hindsight – and his replacement Matthew Vaughn also stepping down, to be in turn replaced by Brett Ratner, it’s perhaps no surprise that the movie felt unbalanced and messy.
Despite X-Men: The Last Stand receiving an underwhelming critical response, there were positives to be found and one of the most significant of these was the addition of Kelsey Grammer to the cast as Dr. Hank McCoy – better known as Beast. A fan favorite and original member of the X-Men, Grammer’s interpretation of Beast managed to capture both sides of the character: the scientific professional, and the furry blue monster.
Kelsey Grammer himself has now confirmed that he is highly interested in returning to the role and believes that his version of Beast wasn’t utilized quite as much as it perhaps could have been. Speaking with ComicBook, the actor was asked if he would be up for coming back to the franchise and replied:
“Of course I would… Beast was a riot, I think he was underused… I believe that they should have done another Beast movie, you know with my Beast.”
Grammer did in fact have a small cameo at the end of Days Of Future Past, after Wolverine returns to the present day X-Mansion, but that scene aside, the actor’s contribution to the series has been limited to a single entry. It’s likely that many fans would be open to a return for Grammer’s Beast, who brought a gravitas to the role that you may not expect from a blue fluff-ball in spectacles. However, whether such a move would fit into the current X-Men landscape is highly debatable.
Since X-Men: First Class semi-rebooted the franchise, the role of Beast has been taken over by Nicholas Hoult, who has since made the role his own. Playing a younger version of Hank McCoy, Hoult’s Beast may have lacked the authority and worldliness Grammer employed, but instead portrayed a more insecure and fragile figure who was equally as compelling. Recent X-Men movies have seen the younger Beast’s X-Men beginnings, personal relationships and confidence in his abilities thoroughly explored over the course of three films, and although Grammer’s Beast may have indeed been “underused,” Hoult’s incarnation has certainly made up for this. Retreading similar ground with a different actor is something fans simply may not be interested in seeing.
Of course, given how difficult it is to make sense of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men timeline, anything is possible, but since the next X-Men entry is reportedly set in the 1990s, a return for Hoult seems more likely. There is, however, one upcoming movie set in the X-Men universe which could represent the perfect opportunity to bring back Kelsey Grammer’s older Beast: Deadpool 2. Grammer’s comedic credentials as Frasier Crane could make Beast the ideal foil for Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Merc with a Mouth’ and the banter between the two could easily match the exchanges Mr. Pool had with Colossus in the first movie.
Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017, March 2, 2018, and June 29, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.