James Marsden didn't expect 'X-Men' movies to be that popular

Alum 'X-Men' James Marsden He says that while he always knew the team was creating something special, no one anticipated that the franchise will exceed the expectations of comic book fans. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby X-Men is a team of fictional mutant superheroes that appear in American comics, first published in 1963.

Marsden, who played Scott Summers/Cyclops in four 'X-Men' movies, believes that the books provided a solid foundation for filmmakers to start the series in 2000.

I think we all hoped it would become what it had become, and we knew it had the power of the legacy of the X-Men universe. Have they been around since 1962, 1963? And when we started, it was 40 years of backstory and superfans.

So we knew that if we did this right, it could be something forever, for a long, long time. I hoped, but didn't anticipate that they would still be doing it. I mean, I thought maybe he would 'do four or five of them in his success, but how many have they done now, 10? So it's kind of crazy and really cool, said the actor.

The 46-year-old actor, whose last appearance was a cameo in 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' is proud to be associated with the franchise.

Obviously I'm not part of all of them, but you exist in that universe and it's always something I'm really proud of. It was definitely the first time in my career that I said, 'Now I am part of something really special right now, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, he said.

It is rare to know that you are part of something special while filming. You often film it and it becomes a kind of surprise hit, like The Notebook or something, where no one knew when you filmed it. But during the 'X-Men' movies, it was like, 'Okay, this is something unique. This is something special. '

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 'X-Men' movies.

The last film under the franchise was last year's 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix', led by Sophie Turner . Another work is the spin-off 'The New Mutants', starring Anya Taylor-Joy , Maisie Williams , among others.