The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon be expanding to include characters from the X-Men franchise. This is huge news for fans of the X-Men comic book characters that were previously restricted from interacting with the MCU. Of course, it’s unclear how exactly these characters will be incorporated going forward. With the way alternate universes have been used to create films like Spider-Man: No Way Home, there’s no telling how the previous X-Men films could be potentially used. Any number of stars could return, and it appears that there’s at least one X-Men star that’d 100% return for the MCU if asked.
Actor Shawn Ashmore recently spoke with ScreenRant, and he was asked if he’d return as his character Iceman – aka Bobby Drake – for the MCU. Obviously, the X-Men actor noted he would love to return for the MCU.
Here’s what Shawn Ashmore specifically had to say:
“Yeah, I haven’t seen the newest Spider-Man movie, but I know that — I’m trying not to get spoiled — but I know that everybody from everywhere comes. So look, after Days of Future Past, I had kind of accepted that was gonna be our last film, with this group of actors, anyway. Disney was taking over the rights. It felt like the end for our characters, the original trilogy cast, it felt kind of like the end of the story.
However, he continued his thoughts with the following statements:
And I’ve kind of accepted that. But obviously, anything’s possible, and I have no idea what they’re going to do. 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.”
With how Marvel has handled the MCU and outside Marvel franchises so far, there’s definitely an endless number of ways they can include the X-Men characters. Hopefully we’ll know for certain soon just how they intend to do that.