James McAvoy On X-Men: Days Of Future Past

'Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men...'

X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be a mammoth film based on its bulging cast list alone. Given that it skips between time periods, sees mutants fighting for their lives in a dark alternate future and features Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine working with the younger versions of his colleagues, it’s no small undertaking for Fox, either. Now the younger Charles Xavier – James McAvoy – has discussed the scope of the film and his experience making it.

He certainly seems bullish about it. “Potentially it’s going to be the biggest, most epic X-Men they’ve ever had,” McAvoy tells IGN. “I think it’s the second biggest production Fox have ever embarked upon, behind Avatar. So they’re definitely going for it.”

With Bryan Singer back calling the shots, McAvoy felt safe. “Bryan’s very protective of the series. He did create it. He did help form that environment that allowed subsequent superhero movies to exist and thrive like they have done for the last however many years. Not to say that there weren’t other superhero movies out at the time, but of that ilk, where it was OK to take it really seriously. He does take it really seriously. There’s a kind or reverence about it, which I like. You want people to take it seriously. That’s what he brings to it I think. And a safe pair of hands – you know you’re in good hands.”

McAvoy also seemed to enjoy working with Hugh Jackman… “Getting to work with Hugh – who I christened Hugo Boss – was great. What he’s like on camera when he’s getting interviewed and you think he’s the nicest man in show business – he is. He’s amazing. The guy’s got grace coming out of every single pore. If we could all be a bit more like Hugh it would be a very happy planet.” There are plenty of people who would agree with that. For more from McAvoy on the film, Michael Fassbender and working with Patrick Stewart, head to IGN.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is out in the UK on May 22.