X-Men: Apocalypse's Tye Sheridan Praises James Marsden's Cyclops

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While promoting his upcoming psychological thriller movie Detour, Tye Sheridan took some time to discuss his mutant role in X-Men: Apocalypse and praise former Cyclops actor James Marsden, who portrayed the character in X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

“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,” Sheridan told Den of Geek. “What’s nice about this X-Men is that it’s very much an origin story for everyone; it is all their beginnings, so it doesn’t exactly have to sync up with where we last saw these characters chronologically and who they are to us now.”

He then talks about how Cyclops (Scott Summers) story arc plays out in X-Men: Apocalypse. “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,” he explained. “And then he discovers them and is this kind of weirdo at school, and his brother Havok introduces him to Professor X at his school for mutants. It’s not until then that he feels that he actually has a place that he feels normal and that there are people just like him at the school. He’s got to quickly get control of his super powers and help the X-Men [fight Apocalypse] at the end of the movie.”

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27, 2016.

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