Will Kelsey Grammer’s Beast Break Marvel’s Longevity Record In “Avengers: Secret Wars”?

Explore the potential record-breaking return of Kelsey Grammer’s Beast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as “Avengers: Secret Wars” looms on the horizon.

By Akshay Sharma
November 24,2023
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In the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), characters come and go, but some have remarkably long tenures. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan have been part of the MCU since its inception in 2008, and other veteran actors like Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo continue to make appearances. However, thanks to the concept of the multiverse, characters from pre-MCU movies are making a comeback, potentially setting new records for character longevity. One such character is Beast, portrayed by Kelsey Grammer, whose return in 2023’s “The Marvels” could lead to a groundbreaking achievement in the MCU.

The Path to Breaking Records in “Avengers: Secret Wars”

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Kelsey Grammer’s Beast made a surprising return to the Marvel timeline in the post-credits scene of “The Marvels.” This unexpected crossover event, driven by the multiverse, opens up intriguing possibilities for Grammer’s character. While there are various ways Beast could make a return in future MCU projects, all signs point to his appearance in “Avengers: Secret Wars,” slated for 2027.

If Beast indeed reprises his role in “Avengers: Secret Wars,” it would mark a staggering 21-year gap between his first appearance in “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006 and his return in the upcoming Avengers film. Currently, Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe jointly hold the record for the longest Marvel movie tenures at 19 years and 225 days, having appeared in “Spider-Man” in 2001 and “No Way Home” in 2021. However, Grammer’s Beast would surpass this record, making his journey in the MCU one for the history books.

Why “Avengers: Secret Wars” Is the Likely Stage for Beast’s Return

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The narrative of “Avengers: Secret Wars” aligns with the return of characters from different realities and the exploration of multiverse incursions. The film’s premise, centered on realities colliding and the chaos that ensues, provides a fitting backdrop for Beast’s resurgence. While the concept of multiverse incursions underwent changes in “The Marvels,” the involvement of Beast and the X-Men’s universe in this chaotic mix makes perfect sense.

Kelsey Grammer himself has expressed confidence in his return as Beast, hinting at ongoing plans for the character’s involvement. Given the absence of a direct follow-up to “The Marvels” and the logistical challenges of reintroducing the aging original X-Men cast in the MCU, “Avengers: Secret Wars” seems like the ideal platform for Beast’s return.

However, if 2027 does not witness Kelsey Grammer’s return as Beast, there’s still a chance for him to break Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe’s record. To achieve this, Grammer would need to appear in an MCU movie or TV show after December 28, 2025, surpassing the 19-year and 225-day record set by “No Way Home.” While currently announced upcoming MCU projects fall short of this timeline, Marvel’s penchant for surprises could yield unexpected opportunities for Grammer’s character.

In the end, the return of Kelsey Grammer’s Beast in “The Marvels” sets the stage for a potential record-breaking achievement in the MCU. Whether it happens in “Avengers: Secret Wars” or in a yet-to-be-announced project, the multiverse’s influence promises exciting possibilities for character longevity in the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe.