James Marsden Shoots Down Potential Cyclops Return in ‘Doctor Strange 2’

Don't expect to see Cyclops reuniting with Professor X.

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X-Men‘s original Cyclops actor, James Marsden, has denied he will be returning to the role in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

James Marsden originally appeared as Scott Summers, A.K.A. Cyclops, in 2000’s X-Men and its two immediate sequels, as well as a cameo appearance at the end of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Following X-Men: The Last Stand, he was replaced in the role, initially by Tim Pocock in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, before Tye Sheridan took on the role in X-Men: Apocalypse and continued to appear as the younger Scott in the X-Men franchise’s new prequel timeline. However, with Patrick Stewart set to reprise the role of Professor X in next month’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the door could be open for other original X-Men to return.

In a recent interview with Black Girl Nerds, James Marsden was asked about the possibility of appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel. In the middle of a conversation about Marsden’s newest film, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the topic of his superhero past in X-Men came up and Marsden’s co-star, Ben Schwartz (who voices Sonic in the film), asked the former Cyclops if he was in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. “No, I’m not,” Marsden responded, before adding “So I’m not going to see it! [Laughs] I mean, that would be cool to see those two worlds collide.”

While some will be disappointed to hear there may not be more X-Men joining Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there are sure to be fans whose expectations will only grow with any denial such as James Marsden’s in this interview. Ever since Andrew Garfield spent months zealously denying his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s become a little harder to believe any actor denying their involvement in a Marvel movie.

Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:

The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the upcoming movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Black Girl Nerds