Dying is rarely an absolute end to a character in the world of comics. We've seen characters like Bucky Barnes return, Jean Grey multiple times, Batman, and many more... it seems that in the movies that the comics inspire, this same rule applies. I mean, with time travel and other creative devices, it's pretty easy to bring the dead back.
Comicbook.com recently sat down with Shawn Ashmore, from [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942), and tackled this very issue of death in the movies... specifically, in regard to his character Iceman. You may recall that things looked pretty bleak for him... but it appears a return might not be out of the cards.
Check out some of these highlights of Iceman from the film below:
CB: You're a comics fan, you know dead never really means dead
Shawn A.: This is true.
CB: Do you think that may or may not have the same effect when it comes to the movies? We’ve seen the concept of time travel and alternate timelines play out in X-Men movies, and given what we know about the Age Of Apocalypse comic series, does this mean we might see the ice slide one more time?
Shawn A.: Yeah, I don't think dead is dead. Days of Future Past is a perfect example of the timeline resetting itself, and I think such a satisfying moment for X-Men fans was to see Scott, Jean, Rogue and everybody in those last moments. Spoiler alert, if you haven't seen Days of Future Past yet.
At the end I thought it was nice to have that closure, or at least see those characters that everybody loved together back at the school. To be honest, the first time I watched the cut of the film, I got a little a little misty eyed. I knew it was coming, I knew what it was going to be, but it was such a nice moment. I guess dead really is never dead because that sort of suggests that, in another timeline, in another time strand, these characters all still exist and are still the team that we know from the books. I think that's cool.
So, he's definitely leaving it pretty open for an Iceman return. To be honest, I hope Ashmore isn't done with this franchise. I like what he said about getting misty eyed during the scene back at the school. It goes to show he really cares about this world - and I'm sure he doesn't want to be done.
What do you think? Is Iceman NOT dead?
Is Iceman coming back in X-Men?