How The New Cyclops Feels About Living Up To James Marsden

When the X-Men film series found new life by turning back the clock and introducing Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr as young men, it also introduced an entirely new group of mutants, giving us some separation from the characters we had spent three films working with. However, when X-Men: Apocalypse hits the screen next month, we’ll have caught up in the timeline somewhat as we will finally meet the younger versions of classic characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops. The young Scott Summers is very excited to have this opportunity, and he hopes he’s up for the challenge.

When Cyclops takes the screen this summer it will not be in the guise of James Marsden, but instead young Tye Sheridan with ownership over the role. The actor tells Den of Geek that he’s truly honored to be playing the part, at what will literally be the beginning of the character’s life, as when we meet Scott Summers in X-Men: Apocalypse, his powers have not yet manifested.

First off, it’s such an honor to play a younger version of James Marsden and it’s going to be hard to live up to what he created in the X-Men universe. It’s fun to play with that arc, and what is fun about my character in this film is it starts off with him being a mutant that hasn’t discovered his super powers.

Whatever happens to X-Men movie universe, most fans will always have a special memory of the original team from the first trilogy of X-Men movies. While James Marsden probably played Cyclops as a bit more of a stick in the mud than his comic counterpart ever really was, it was, without question, a memorable role. We have a hard time seeing the character on screen any other way.

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Tye Sheridan certainly has his work cut out for him when it comes to making the role his own. If he’s got one thing going for him, it’s the fact that he’ll be able to start the character from the beginning. If we’re actually going to see Scott Summers’ powers from their beginning in X-men: Apocalypse, and watch as he comes to terms with them, and both their abilities and limitations. He has the ability to really show us how the character came to be the eventual leader of the X-Men, and possibly be a little less of a stick in the mud in this new, rebooted timeline.

What do you think of the new, young, Cyclops in the trailers? Are you excited to see a new take on the character from Tye Sheridan, or would you rather see James Marsden again? Let us know in the comments.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.