Warning: SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse ahead!
Superhero movies, especially nowadays, are generally adverse to killing off characters. Many people were surprised when Captain America: Civil War didn’t end with a dramatic superhero death, but given the franchise nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes sense that they’d want to keep as many characters around for as long as they can. That being said, there was a superhero movie in 2016 that did kill one of the good guys and as it turns out, the actor playing said hero was actually pretty happy with the way things went down.
Lucas Till saw his character Alex Summers, aka Havok off in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“I thought it was really cool. 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.”
Till’s Havok is the only member of the X-Men to die at the hands of Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and it’s his death that acts as a catalyst for getting the rest of the superhero team to take up arms against the powerful mutant, especially Havok’s younger brother Scott Summers, aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).
That being said, Till does think there’s a remote possibility that his character could have survived the blast that killed him, adding:
“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. Maybe that level fell just right so that maybe I survived, I don’t know. I thought it was cool though.”
To be honest, we’d actually forgotten that Till’s character was even killed off in X-Men: Apocalypse, as it was kind of a forgettable movie overall. Still, we’re glad to see that he can be so chipper about having his time in a major franchise cut short, but then again, the X-Men films haven’t really known what to do with Till since his first appearance in First Class (2011). Apocalypse sort of just glosses over the fact that his character should be in his 40s, but looks like he’s bagging off college classes to show his little brother the ropes at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Perhaps it’s for the best for Till to move on from a franchise that clearly didn’t value him all that much.