Kelsey Grammer, who originated the role of Beast in the X-Men franchise, said he would love to play the character again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s hope he gets his wish.
During a recent public appearance, a fan asked Grammer to sign a Funko Pop of Beast. When signing the figurine, he revealed that while he hasn’t been approached about it, he would be happy to return to the Marvel character.
“I’d love to do Beast again. Nobody’s really talked to me about it. I think maybe they’re gonna try to do another one. I’m assuming that they would go with, you know, the first is the best.”
Grammer’s first appearance of the character was in 2004’s X-Men: The Last Stand. He also had an uncredited cameo as Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. In the reboot of the series, he was replaced by Nicholas Hoult.
Grammer is best known for his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers. He was so well-liked on the show that he got his own spinoff, Frasier. That role ended in 2004, but he’ll be returning to the character in the Paramount+ revival of the spinoff. His role landed him four Primetime Emmys and two Golden Globes.
In March 2019, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, which returned the rights to the X-Men franchise (and mutants in general) to Marvel Studios. However, we still don’t have any news on when they’ll be officially introduced into the MCU.
The first sliver of hope for X-Men fans was when Evan Peters played a version of Quicksilver in WandaVision. Sadly, he turned out to be an impostor named Ralph Bohner sent by Agatha.
Another chance for the mutants to make their way into the universe was through Eternals. In the comics, the Celestials engineered the X-gene, which in turn created mutants around the world. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could finally be when we see mutants in the MCU. There have been rumors of Professor X and a few other mutants making appearances, but we’ll have to wait for the movie to find out.
When Marvel announced their movies through 2023, there was no mention of X-Men shows or movies. There have been reports of a film titled The Mutants being in the early stages of development, but nothing has been announced about it recently.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said Marvel is playing the long game, especially with the X-Men. The franchise was mostly popular and successful, and fans became attached to the actors and characters. Marvel could be waiting for fans to detach a bit from the movies before introducing mutants to the MCU.
We also might not get the X-Men right away. David Harbour, who played Red Patriot in Black Widow, has made some comments about Ursa Major, a mutant part of Russia’s Winter Guard. They could be the first mutant who plays a prominent role in the upcoming movies.
It’s still unknown how, or if, Beast will ever be introduced in the MCU. If they do bring him in, they could either hire Grammer, Hoult, or recast the role entirely. My fingers are crossed they bring the character in soon since we didn’t get enough of him in the movies.