Major ‘X-Men’ Villain Actor Up To Return In Future Marvel Studios Films

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Veteran actor Brian Cox, who played William Stryker in 2003’s classic  X2: X-Men United is “open” to returning as the villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I’m always open, you never close any door down, especially if it’s enjoyable,” said Brian Cox in an interview with “And certainly, the X-Men film, because I was only in the one, was really enjoyable.”

“I would revisit any time, because I just like that working atmosphere. It was a good atmosphere,” added Brian Cox.

Danny Huston portrayed a young version of William Stryker in the 2009 prequel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Josh Helman portrayed another younger iteration of William Stryker in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Don Creech portrayed the character’s father (credited as Agent Stryker) in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class.

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige revealed that a new Fantastic Four movie is in development at Marvel Studios. In addition, Feige teased that “mutants” are also coming to the MCU, but he didn’t offer any other details on the studio’s plans for the X-Men.

This past March, Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. Once the deal was complete, the film rights of characters like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men were handed over to Marvel Studios.

So what do you think? Would you like to see Brian Cox appear in the MCU as William Stryker? Let us know in the comments below!

The main X-Men film series has concluded at 20th Century Fox with Dark Phoenix. Here’s the official synopsis:

This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.

Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.

Dark Phoenix is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Brian Cox and the future of the franchise at Marvel Studios we learn it.

Source: Comicbook