Shawn Ashmore Discusses X-Men Joining the Marvel Universe

Shawn Ashmore knows a thing or two about the X-Men franchise. He was a mainstay in the X-Men movies, from X2 till Days of Future Past. Ashmore has had a distinguished career in film and television. His latest project is the Hulu movie series Into The Dark’s “Culture Shock” (releasing July 4, on Hulu). I spoke to him about working on “Culture Shock” and being part of the X-Men franchise, plus much more.


I’ve been a big fan of Shawn for a long time. I met Shawn a few years back at the Wizard World comic-con in Chicago. He was super cool and friendly. What’s cool about his career is that he’s done so many different projects, from superhero to crime drama. I was surprised to hear that he would like to do a western. I can definitely see him pulling it off, but it would be something new for sure.

Recently I interviewed Robyn Lively for the previous Into The Dark movie, Shawn is in the latest one. It’s got a very timely and interesting premise. Ironically it releases on American Independence Day. It’s gonna be a fun watch for sure, so catch it on Hulu starting July 4th. Shawn mentioned that his connection with the director Gigi Saul Guerrero, whose also a fellow Canadian, was a factor in him being attracted to the movie.

Talking X-Men with him was a fantastic moment for me. I really wanted to hear his thoughts on being a part of the franchise and how it impacted him. As he stated, it was a monumental break in his career. The fact he got to play the character over 15 years is a unique opportunity for any actor. We legitimately see him mature as a person and character on-screen.

I was also interested in hearing his thoughts on the X-Men franchise moving into the Marvel Universe. Shawn seemed hopeful and excited. I have the same curiosity as him, when it comes to seeing how the X-Men will be incorporated to the already established Marvel Universe.

Wasn’t aware that Shawn was big into playing guitar. Very cool hobby. I also found out he likes to read and play video games. Very normal kinda stuff, but fun and relatable. I enjoyed speaking with him again. Always a fun and insightful conversation.

INTO THE DARK “CULTURE SHOCK” releases exclusively on Hulu on July 4, 2019

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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