X-Men Star Confirms They’d 100% Join The Marvel Universe

By Apeksha Bagchi | 18 seconds ago

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Now that Doctor Strange has torn apart the fabric of reality with his botched spell in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the arrival of the Fantastic Four and most importantly, the X-Men is no longer a far-fetched dream. But while the introduction of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is going to happen sooner or later, the bigger question is whether it will be bringing back the actors who had played the beloved mutants in all the X-Men films under 20th Century Fox (now acquired by Disney). Well, whatever Marvel may decide, at least one X-Men star is more than ready to reprise his role in the MCU.

Recently actor Shawn Ashmore, who first appeared as the mutant Iceman/Bobby in 2000’s X-Men, sat down for a chat with Screenrant and spoke at length about his interest in portraying Iceman on-screen again, as Spider-Man 3 has made anything possible. The actor has played the character across three more films: the 2003 sequel, X2: X-Men United, 2006’s The Last Stand, and 2014’s Days of Future Past, which is the last time we saw Ashmore play the character of Iceman on-screen. After Disney took over 20th Century Fox and in turn, the X-Men, Ashmore had accepted that Days of Future Past “was gonna be our last film,” at least for the original trilogy cast. To him, “it felt kind of like the end of the story.”

While X-Men’s Shawn Ashmore has yet to watch the latest Spider-Man movie (yes, we raised our eyebrows too), he knows that the film has laid down a foundation that will allow the impossible to happen from hereon. And even though he has no idea about the plans Marvel has for X-Men’s debut in the MCU, he is “100%” ready to dive back in if he is offered the role again. 

“Are they going to cast completely new actors and start fresh? Are they going to pull actors from the Fox X-Men trilogy into the Marvel Universe? I don’t know. If it happened, would I do it? 100%. No question. I grew up playing that character. I’m a comic book fan. It’s things that I’m into. So, I would do it again in a second. But I’ve kind of accepted the fact that I got four movies, and that might be it. And I’m pretty happy with that,” shared the former X-Men star. 

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Actors like James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, i,e., younger versions of Professor X and the Beast, are already a part of the Marvel Universe in a rather complicated way. The two X-Men characters along with Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler appeared in a brief cameo in 2018’s Deadpool 2, thus making them a part of Wade Wilson’s universe. Now that Deadpool too is a property of Disney, it makes them a part of Marvel as well. And unless they are planning to do some serious tampering with Deadpool’s story to fit him in the MCU, there is also hope for actors who have played older versions of the X-Men– Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Kelsey Grammer (who also wants to return as Beast)– to appear in future Marvel films. 

But it is also very much possible that the future induction of X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be with completely different actors with perhaps the familiar faces thrown in briefly (as characters from different universes) for fan service. Giant Freakin Robot has already exclusively reported that Margot Robbie is striving to nab a role as an X-Men in the Marvel Universe. So, it looks like Marvel already has the perfect Mystique at the ready to kick-start their dream X-Men team.