James Marsden Offers Advice To The Future Cyclops Actor

James Marsden shared his thoughts about playing Cyclops during the Sonic press tour, providing advice for the next X-Men actor.
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James Marsden is finished appearing in X-Men movies, which won’t have new entries for a while. Dark Phoenix released back in 2019 to not so great reviews, and it was the last X-Men movie released under the Fox banner. New Mutants is still coming up, but it won’t tie back to the previous films.

And with Marvel now owning both the Fantastic Four and The X-Men, all of those characters will be recast for the 3rd time. James Marsden, who is best known for playing Cyclops in the first set of X-Men movies, has some advice for the next actor playing Cyclops in the Marvel version of said movies.


James Marsden Passes The Torch

While at a Sonic The Hedgehog press junket in Los Angeles, Marsden talked to Collider and offered his thoughts on the next actor who will play Cyclops:

The biggest challenge was that the audience and other actors never being able to see your eyes. Definitely was a handicap in bringing a persona to the character, and an energy to the character a character who is also very, by nature, very by-the-books. Kind of a Boy Scout, ‘do the right thing.’ He’s a foil to Wolverine’s character, who is more fly by the seat of his pants, a little more unpredictable, and aggressive.

I would just say lean into it. Own it. And carve out your own thing. The fans of the books are going to tell you ‘it needs to be this’. Find a new way to make it interesting. Because it is tough to get something interesting and cool and different across when no one ever sees your eyes. Which is obviously, you know, the main part of the character

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And Marsden isn’t wrong at all with this advice. Whoever plays Cyclops next needs to make this character their own. Even if that means the comic book accurate fans will complain for an eternity about it.

We don’t know when the new X-Men movies will be released, New Mutants aside, but all we can do now is just guess what could happen with them. But as for the latest X-Men, Marvel, and nerdy news you can check out The Illuminerdi.


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