James Marsden Would Like to Flesh Out CYCLOPS in His Own Spin-Off Movie
James Marsden starred in Bryan Singer's two X-Men films and only had a small role in Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand says Cyclops is the only character he'd really like to re-visit.
Hugh Jackman got his own spin-off with Wolverine, and now Marsden would like his chance to do the same with Cyclops. Even though it might be a tad harder to pull off since the last movie killed off Cyclops. His girlfriend Dr. Jean Gray had become the Dark Phoenix and presumably disintegrated him like she did with her other victims. But, we never do see his dead body at any moment, so it's not out of the realm to bring him back.
I don't think a spin-off movie for Cyclops is far-fetched. Marsden was quite young when he took on the role initially and could still play a superhero at age 38. Even though Marsden never had a lot of screen time in the franchise, he did the best that he could do with it. And since X-Men: First Class proved to FOX that you can have a successful X-Men film without Wolverine as the lead there is now hope that other members of the team could get the attention they deserve.
ETonline: You've mentioned a few of your other roles -- if you had the chance to revisit a character from your past and play the next chapter in their story, who would it be?
Marsden: Cyclops [from the X-Men movies]. It was great to be a part of those movies, people loved them – it's still the thing I get recognized for the most -- but I feel like because there were so many cast members in this 90 minute movie, there was never enough time to give him the depth that other characters had. The first movie was really Wolverine's saga – and the second and third as well. If I had a dollar for every time someone came up to me on the street and said, "I would have loved to see more Cyclops.."
ETonline: You could finance your own spin-off?
Marsden: [laughs] Exactly. Yes. I don't think his character was ever fleshed out as much as I would have liked. I may have also been a bit on the young side for those films. If I could go back and put on the glasses and suit again where we do a film to learn more about the character, that's the one I would pick. He's ripe for that.
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