Should Marvel Keep Fox’s X-Men Stars?
What’s wrong with the current and past X-Men cast? That’s the question that needs asking in light of the supposed final film of Fox’s X-Men series: Dark Phoenix. The actors and actresses that have been in the X-Men franchise have represented some of the best talent Hollywood has to offer. Whether it be the original Professor X and Magneto, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, to the younger versions of these characters, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, the casts have always been one of the strongest selling points of these movies. Even if certain movies do not have the best storylines (see X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Apocalypse), the actors continue to make the movies real and emotional for the audience.
The best example of an X-Men film is probably X-Men: Days of Future Past. It will be a long time before any film featuring these characters surpasses that film. The reason why is that the film does more than any other superhero movie featuring the X-Men characters before or after. No other superhero movie has ever tried what it did so spectacularly and pulled off marvelously. It took the cast of the original films and merged it with the X-Men: First Class cast to create a different sort of superhero film that involved time travel. While most of the Marvel fanboys point to Avengers: Endgame as an example of that being executed well, it’s pulled off much better in Days of Future Past.
The other stars of the latter X-Men films, including Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Alexandra Shipp, have all done fantastic work as their respective characters: Raven Darkholme/Mystique, Hank McCoy/Beast, Jean Grey, Scott Summers/Cyclops, Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, and Ororo Munroe/Storm. It would seem strange to think that Marvel would wish to start things over since 2011’s First Class and 2014’s Days of Future Past seemed to clear the decks for a new series of films.
Since audiences already know these stars, it would seem strange to replace them for audiences using a stethoscope headset or not. Keeping the continuity of the old universe and merging it with the new MCU seems doable, especially after Endgame and the rumors of Spider-Man: Far From Home opening up the multiverse. It is an opportune time to take advantage of the things the other movies have and to make something incredibly new. It was something that Hugh Jackman, who portrayed Logan/Wolverine for the longest time, had dreamt of but never happened during his tenure. To see the X-Men universe and MCU crossover, it might keep the eyes of the viewer using the stethoscope headset or not using it glued to their television sets or the cinema screens.
While it’s likelier Kevin Feige and the MCU will likely recast the roles, it seems like a major missed opportunity to let the actors and actresses continue to bring life to these roles. With them gone, it will be up to a new crop of talent that Feige and Marvel will have to seek out. It also seems like a great deal of work to do this when there’s already an established group of thespians portraying these varied roles. With so many characters in the MCU now, does it make sense to recast established roles and redo the entire universe as it stands? While Marvel has finally reacquired many of their characters they haven’t had for a long time, it seems backwards to think these actors and actresses would not be given a longer chance to play their characters.
However, much awaits to be seen still.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, consumer electronics, and the entertainment industry.