by Brett White
Following Lucas Till's portrayal of Havok in 2011's "X-Men: First Class," fans of the big screen franchise have been waiting for the character to share the screen with his brother, Cyclops. Of course that's a bit tricky considering that James Marsden's X-Leader bit the dust—or was turned to dust, rather—in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." In addition to that, the brothers are separated by a few decades, as Havok's films are set a good forty years before Cyclops'.
But with time traveling playing a major part in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," it seems like anything could be possible, including resurrecting Cyclops and uniting Scott and Alex Summers on the big screen for the first time. James Marsden sure seems aware of this possibility, as he revealed in a recent interview with Vulture.
"No, no X-Men, unfortunately," said Marsden when asked if he had any part in next year's film. "But who knows? If this next film really works, [director] Bryan [Singer] has said he wants to fix a few things, so hopefully that's one of them. It was great, to have a movie like that, the first two or three X-Men, and the studios in Hollywood work really hard to find a formula that's successful, and you want to keep that intact, so..."
Marsden revealed a fondness for the character, hinting that he would be up for donning the visor again should his less-than-noble death be reversed.
"I always liked Cyclops, but they have a lot of characters that they have to parcel out, spend time with each one, make sure everyone feels like they've been given their due, introduce them appropriately, but you could do a spinoff of every one of those characters and give them so much depth to the story line."
There is one Summers brother guaranteed a spot in "X-Men: Days of Future Past": Havok, played by Lucas Till. I Am Rogue caught up with the actor, whose involvement was revealed fairly recently compared to his other returning "First Class" cast mates.
"I was in and out," said Till regarding his shooting schedule. "We did a lot of second unit stuff. So I didn't get to spend that much time with Bryan [Singer]. But I loved working with him because he let me reinvent the way I do my power. It's what I wanted to do on the last movie but because there are so many things working against you, you kind of just have to do what they provide for you with the pre-visualization because that is a lot more money than my paycheck. So I had to kind of incorporate with what they had already done. But I wanted to do it differently and they let me on this one. Which is cool because I'm actually an X-Men fan. So getting to bring something into the movie and feeling like I was actually part of making this movie is one of the coolest feelings that I've ever had."
Nitpicky X-Fans (like myself) will remember that Havok's power in "First Class" seemed more hula-hoop-of-death-ish than in the comics, where his ring-shaped power straight out of his arms. Could "Days of Future Past" showcase Havok's power as it's shown in the comics? Fingers crossed.
Till also side-stepped a question about whether or not Havok and Cyclops will share screen time in the film, saying, "You'll have to watch and find out, my friend."
In my personal opinion, I think Marsden is absolutely right; Singer will use "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to undo all of the death and depowering that happened during Brett Ratner's reign. He's already resurrected Professor X and re-powered Magneto. Rogue's in the film despite her losing her powers, too. I wouldn't be surprised if James Marsden and Famke Janssen pop up in "X: DOFP," even in just a post-credits scene.
But whether or not "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has the bandwidth to deal with the conundrum surrounding movie Havok and movie Cyclops' relationship (Cyclops, an adult in 2000, has a brother who had to have been born in the late 1940s...?) remains to be seen.
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