Nicholas Hoult
Actor Nicholas HoultReuters

X-Men star Nicholas Hoult is 'mutant and proud' in his recent interview where he compares other superhero films to his X-Men film franchise. The actor who plays Hank McCoy, aka Beast, in X-Men: First Class, Days Of Future Past, and will reprise his role in the upcoming Apocalypse, calls the other superhero movies "formulaic."

"At times I'll see superhero movies and admittedly be frustrated by them," Hoult told NME magazine during an interview. "It does feel like some are just packaging and they're not trying hard enough because they know it's a bankable formula." While the Mad Max Fury Road star did not really specify which movies he was referring to, ComicBookMovie speculates that it's most likely films by Marvel Studios that currently enjoys a monopoly of sorts over the genre.

Hoult later reassured his fans that the "packaging" criticism does not apply to his ever-growing mutant franchise. "I love the X-Men films because they have a heart to them and you have actors like Michael Fassbender who brings so much to the characters," he explained. "The superheroes in that world aren't smug. You don't want to watch someone who you know is going to win from the start just being awesome for two hours."

Apart from Hoult, the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse star cast includes Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (rumoured) among others. The film is slated to release on 27 May 2016.