Now, with so many X-Men-themed solo movies on the horizon (Deadpool! Gambit! Wolverine 3!), it's perhaps not too surprising that - when given the chance to talk to pretty much any past cast-member of an X-Men - a whole lot of journalists are addressing the standalone elephant in the room: whether or not the actor in question's X-Character has any chance of seeing a solo movie of their own.
The latest star to be thrown that particular fastball, however - Shawn 'Iceman' Ashmore - might just have offered up the most well-thought out and reasonable response to the query we've yet heard.
As Ashmore told IGN, after being asked whether he'd be interesting in reprising his role as Bobby 'Iceman' Drake in a standalone movie:
"An Iceman solo movie? If Fox would make it then I would do it. I love that character, I love the Marvel universe, especially the last couple of films. I was so excited about Days of Future Past when I heard about that – reading the script, realizing the script – it was so exciting for me, so if that was ever an opportunity? Absolutely."
Which, for one thing, shows a helpful level of both restraint and perspective - and when read alongside his follow-up comment, might just suggest that Ashmore 'gets' the X-Men series more than most.
Y'see, while Ashmore would obviously be happy to play Iceman once again - he's also seemingly aware that many of the X-Men are actually at their best when brought to the screen (or the page) as a team:
"The other thing about the X-Men I think is that they work best as a team...What I always loved about the X-Men is that it wasn’t about solo characters. I think that the characters really come to life when you put them in the context of the school with Xavier, with the team – that’s what I always loved about the X-Men. So I’m not sure if that would ever happen. It would be exciting if it did, but there is something to be said about the team."
Which...is actually a really relevant point - especially for a character like Iceman, who has never really been given the sort of role or characterization that would make a solo outing likely, either in the movies or the comic books.
Could that awareness, then - along with his past willingness to commit to long-term TV projects - make him an obvious candidate for a role in that (potentially) upcoming X-Men TV series? His recent stint in The Following would give him the kind of proven TV experience that execs often seem besotted with, after all - and his in-movie relationships with Ellen Page's Shadowcat and Anna Paquin's Rogue could make for an interesting show dynamic. A core member of a new batch of Xavier Institute teaching staff, perhaps?
If that doesn't work out, though - Ashmore has a few more ideas for potential superhero roles, just in case:
"I would love to play another superhero. If I could play another superhero… um… it’s so tough... Marvel-wise, I love Nightcrawler and I love Ghost Rider and I don’t know if I’d ever get the chance to play those characters, but I’d love to see another take on Ghost Rider maybe. I love those books."
Whether playing both the distinctly chilled out Iceman and flaming hot Ghost Rider would be too much of an ask for Ashmore, however, is perhaps a question best left for another day...
What do you think, though?