Ever since Disney purchased Fox, audiences have been excited to see what the studio does with the X-Men franchise. While we don’t know when the X-Men will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel President Kevin Feige last year hinted that the X-Men were in the works. Even though we don’t know who Marvel has in mind for their new group of mutants, one fan has made the case for Armie Hammer as Cyclops.
On Instagram, digital arts student Malcolm Kenneth has previously made his own art visualizing what he’d like to see for the future of the X-Men. Kenneth has previously drawn Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito as Magneto, and Mark Strong as Professor Xavier. His latest drawing imagines The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name actor Armie Hammer as Scott Summers, also known as Cyclops.
Kenneth’s idea of Armie Hammer as Cyclops seemed based more on the 90’s X-Men animated series and comic books than any previous film version we’ve seen of the character. Summers’ outfit is blue, yellow, and black, with a bandolier that includes the X-Men logo right in front. Of course, Summers also has protective eye gear, a gold visor with the red beam seeping through. Kenneth also uses a stubble-bearded Hammer for the visual, which seems a bit more rugged than the Cyclops we’ve seen in the past.
While it’s not clear which X-Men Marvel would choose to bring to life, Cyclops has been one of the central characters in all previous film iterations. James Marsden first took on the role in 2000’s X-Men and continued the role in 2003’s X2, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and made an appearance in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Tim Pocock appeared as Scott Summers in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, while Tye Sheridan would play Cyclops in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and 2018’s Dark Phoenix. Armie Hammer would certainly be a great addition to this lineup.
As of right now, Armie Hammer as Cyclops might just be a pipe dream, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched. Hammer has said in the past that superhero films don’t really excite him, but that he would consider a project if a great director came to him with a solid idea, although Hammer did play Strong Arm in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7. But Hammer has worked with Disney in the past, with 2013’s The Lone Ranger, which would have theoretically been a franchise for the actor, had the film not flopped, and Hammer also voiced Jackson Storm in 2017’s Cars 3.
Armie Hammer even has two films made through Disney-owned studios coming soon. 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile has completed filming, but was recently taken off the release calendar, while Hammer will also appear in the soccer comedy Next Goal Wins, directed by Taika Waititi for Searchlight Pictures.
If sounds like if Armie Hammer were to play Cyclops in an upcoming X-Men series, the film would have to have a solid idea and director behind it. Disney and Marvel will absolutely be doing their best when bringing the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so maybe there is a possibility we will see Hammer shooting lasers out of his eyes in the near future.