Cyclops actor James Marsden is shocked at how successful the X-Men film franchise has been over the years.
It might be hard for some to imagine but the X-Men film franchise is nearly 20 years old. The first film, X-Men came out in the summer of 2000 and helped spark the comic book superhero takeover of Hollywood. The X-Men franchise itself has had it’s ups and downs since then, being declared dead multiple times only for 20th Century Fox to revive it again and again and original Cyclops actor James Marsden can’t help but be baffled at the longevity of the franchise.
James Marsden first appeared as Cyclops in the original X-Men film. He portrayed the character a total of four times with his screentime sadly diminishing in each installment. His final appearance was merely a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor himself was not surprised at the film’s success but had no idea that the franchise would have gone on for this long.
While speaking to CinemaBlend, James Marsden talked a bit about his role in the iconic X-Men franchise and how it all turned out:
I think we all hoped it would become what it’s become, and we knew it had the power to with the legacy of the X-Men universe. They’ve been around since 1962, 1963? And so when we first started, it was 40 years of backstory and superfans. So we knew if we do this right, this could be something forever, for a long, long time. I’d hoped, but I did not anticipate that they’d still be making them. I mean, I thought maybe they’d make 4 or 5 of them in its success, but how many have they made now, 10? So it’s kinda crazy and really cool.
What do you all make of James Marsden’s comments? Are you shocked the X-Men franchise lasted as long as it did? Which of the films was your favorite? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for the next X-Men film, The New Mutants:
20th Century Fox in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.
The New Mutants will be released on an undetermined date.