The “X-Men” franchise, alongside “Blade,” were the first big box office hits for superhero films featuring characters pulled from the pages of Marvel Comics, sort of the precursor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s launch with “Iron Man” in 2008. You might remember that Kevin Feige got his start working for The Donner Company, the producers of the “X-Men” films, and was directly involved with those first couple of installments before leaving to run Marvel Studios. After the merger with 21st Century Fox and Disney, Marvel got their hands on the rights to make new “X-Men” and “Deadpool” films.
While fans still are trying to accept that a franchise reboot is on the way, excluding Wade Wilson, one “X-Men” actor isn’t that keen on returning anytime soon. James McAvoy took fan questions during a live stream on his Instagram account (see below) and revealed he doesn’t miss playing the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” films. He played the mutant in four installments ending his tenure with the box office flop, “Dark Phoenix.”
A fan asked him if he missed the role and McAvoy said, “No, I don’t think so.”
When asked if he’s appearing in “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” the Scottish actor gave a blunt, “No,” thereby pouring cold water on one of those rampant internet rumors that multiple “X-Men” characters/actors would be showing up in the film.
Someone that is indeed expected to reprise their previous Marvel role for the “Doctor Strange” sequel is Patrick Stewart, who plays an older version of Xavier. The character can be heard in a recent trailer and the actor himself confirmed his involvement during a chat with Jake’s Takes (via IGN) to promote the new season of “Picard.”
Marvel Studios already trolled fans by casting Evan Peters in “WandaVision” only for him to be revealed as a fake version of Quicksilver. It was a cheeky move that upset a lot of fans expecting the show to confirm that the Singerverse would carry over to the MCU.
We’ll have to wait to know for sure what other cameos will be in the film when it releases on May 6.