As much as the MCU has successfully courted some of the biggest name-brand talent on the planet, the folks in charge will be hard-pressed to top the collection of stars assembled by Fox on the various “X-Men” movies. While “Deadpool 3” somehow managed to wrangle Hugh Jackman out of retirement (although we’re in for a bit of a wait on that movie) and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” scored a Patrick Stewart cameo, reprising his legendary role as Charles Xavier, it’s all but certain Marvel Studios will end up recasting those roles. While this poses a unique challenge, it’s not an insurmountable one.
Simon Kinberg explained to /Film how the MCU can channel a similar atmosphere of prestige talent and a genuine love for the source material:
“So it’s really about the characters that will get you the best actors. Those actors will bring those characters to life in a whole new way that honestly I cannot wait to see. I really am such a fan of what Marvel does and I’m obviously a massive, massive fan of the ‘X-Men.’ Like the ‘Star Wars’ movies. I read two comics when I was growing up religiously. I read others, but the religious ones were for me, ‘Batman’ and ‘X-Men.'”
Ironically enough, Kinberg actually remembers once taking a call from Feige. “X-Men: The Last Stand” needed a writer to step in after Singer’s defection to “Superman Returns.” Kinberg picked up the phone to talk to the future Marvel leader and the rest, as they say, is history. As Kinberg put it, “So it all comes, in a very strange way, full circle.” Be sure to keep a close eye on /Film for the full interview in the coming days.
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