The most recent film in the X-Men franchise, “X-Men: Apocalypse” was jam packed with mutants. From the young versions of classic heroes like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler to Apocalypse’s Horsemen (Psylocke, Storm and Archangel), the film had just as many mutants as the average X-Men comic event. And all those characters appeared in the film in addition to the ones (Professor X, Magneto, Beast, Havok, Mystique) we’ve seen in previous films like “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” With so many mutants in one movie, some — SPOILERS ahead — were bound to not make it out of the film alive.
One mutant that didn’t survive “Apocalypse” was Havok, played Lucas Till. Alex Summers was initially introduced in 2011’s “First Class” and was a member of that film’s inaugural X-Men team. He returned for a scene in “Days of Future Past,” set years after he’d moved on from life as an X-Man, and then came back once again in the ’80-set “Apocalypse.” In a chat with CinemaBlend, Till revealed his feelings on being one of the feature film X-Men to die on screen.
“I thought it was really cool,” said Till. “I feel like people are always like ‘Oh, it’s X-Men. It’s X-Men you can always come back.’ But I was like ‘No, I think it’s cool that I died.’ I think people were kind of nervous to tell me that I died but I thought it was really neat.”
In “Apocalypse,” Havok dies trying to defend his friends from Apocalypse and the Horsemen. The ancient villain got the drop on Xavier and his allies in the sub-basement of the X-Mansion and quickly kidnapped the mutant mentor. Havok unleashed one of his high-powered blasts but Apocalypse’s crew teleported away, and the energy instead hit the X-Men’s jet. Havok died in the explosion caused by his energy impacting with the jet.
But Till also knows that death isn’t always final in the X-Men movie universe. In fact, all of the major deaths in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” — Cyclops, Jean Grey and Professor X — were all undone by the events of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Patrick Stewart all even reprised their roles in that film. Is Till holding out hope that the same could happen for him?
“But also it is X-Men and you don’t really see me die and if I can withstand cosmic energy coming from my chest I might be able to withstand some extreme levels of heat,” said Till. “Maybe that level fell just right so that maybe I survived, I don’t know. I thought it was cool though.”
The future of the X-Men franchise is a bit up in the air right now. The next film in the series, “Logan,” is a solo film featuring Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the titular character. It will also be set further in the future than any previous X-movie. A sequel to 2016’s “Deadpool” is in the works, and “New Mutants” is possibly gearing up to begin production soon.
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