MCU: Fan casting 7 key X-Men if Henry Cavill plays Cyclops

With rumors suggesting Henry Cavill might soon be playing Cyclops, we're breaking down our picks for who should play the other key X-Men heroes in the MCU.

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Blake Lively
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Blake Lively as Jean Grey

Yes, Blake Lively as Jean Grey in the MCU is dang near perfection. If you haven't seen her act, Lively can capture the multifaceted nature of Jean Grey that fans know and love from the comics, after the Phoenix Saga. Her roles in movies like The Age of Adaline, where she portrayed a woman navigating through different eras with wisdom and grace, and The Shallows, showcasing her resilience and physical prowess, and A Simple Favor show her darker side.

With Cavill as Cyclops, it's not hard to imagine a mature Jean Grey, worlds away from the high school sweetheart we've been accustomed to. This version of Jean is battling demons from her past, haunted by her doppelganger Madelyne Pryor's dark legacy. It's a storyline ripe for the MCU, hitting on themes of identity, loss, and redemption, providing a profound quest for self-discovery.

Blake Lively has shined in roles that showcase her as a strong, yet emotionally nuanced character. Her ability to portray both vulnerability and strength is essential for Jean Grey, especially when dealing with the inner turmoil and power struggles of the Phoenix saga.

Imagine her, lost and disillusioned, trying to piece together her fragmented past while the shadow of the actions of the Phoenix looms large (we never need to see this). We'll watch her grapple with the sins of her alter-ego and the fractured memories of a life once lived.