X-Men Actor Addresses Potential Return In Doctor Strange 2 as Cyclops

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. For one, it will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s first solo outing since his 2016 debut. Secondly, well, it’s all about the Multiverse—the same concept explored in both Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The idea opens up an infinite amount of storytelling possibilities. How else would fans have gotten Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire in the same movie?

Multiverse of Madness promises to have its own guest appearances, with several mutants and even Fantastic Four members being just a few in the rumor mill. The second trailer for the project ended up showcasing the return of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X—or, at least, his voice.

So who else can fans expect to see? Well, thanks to a new interview with actor James Marsden, it looks like another name can be crossed off the list: Cyclops.

X-Men Actor Addresses Possible Cyclops Appearance

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In an interview with Black Girl Nerds, Sonic 2 and X-Men actor James Marsden commented on his previous role as Cyclops in the original X-Men film trilogy after the character was referenced by the interviewer.

Marsden seemed excited to hear the character’s name again, joyously saying, “let’s bring him back now 22 years later:”

“Interesting. Oh now, I’m listening. [joking] Yes, let’s bring him back now 22 years later… right, what is the [Multiverse]? I mean is it, yeah… MCU. And what’s the Sonic version of the MCU?”

When asked if the actor was going to be in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, Marsden bluntly responded “no” but added how it “[would] be cool to see:”

“No. I’m not… so I’m not going to see it… I mean, that’d be cool to see those two worlds collide.”

The Potential Future of Cyclops

It’s always safe to take these responses with a grain of salt, but given how little the character’s name has come up in rumors and speculation, believing James Marsden’s response is just a bit easier in this instance. Though it is the Multiverse—anything can happen.

While it isn’t for sure that there will be a Cyclops appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the character certainly has a future in the MCU. Given his status in the mutant community, it would be hard to bring the group in without including him.

The bigger question is simple: when will audiences see the X-Men re-enter the playing field? With Fox’s former films now in the rear view mirror, fans are patiently waiting for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to formerly introduce the X-Gene into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Maybe Multiverse of Madness will make those first steps when it releases on May 6.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.