As the release of the newest entry in the X-Men film franchise draws nigh (X-Men: Days of Future Past), DOFP director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg took a moment to reveal details of the next chapter in the series: X-Men: Apocalypse to Entertainment Weekly.
Singer and Kinberg discussed such matters as the connection between X-Men: Apocalypse, and its namesake comic series, Age of Apocalypse–plus how the film will tie in to DOFP, and even the appearance of a couple mutants the film franchise hasn’t seen in a while.
Regarding Age of Apocalypse, all Singer would really say is the film will be “somewhat” based on the popular 1990s comic story arc:
[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with
Whatever that might mean….
As for how Apocalypse fits with Days of Future Past, apparently it’s going to be less a direct follow-up of the movie’s events–and more an example of a “possibility” that the events of DOFP, directly or indirectly, set into motion:
You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen… Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?
For his part, Kinberg made a point of the film’s apparently awesome scale and visuals:
From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply
As for the cast, we can expect the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult–at the very least. Other familiar faces will likely be joining them, plus some popular, yet underutilized characters: Specifically Gambit, who only has a small role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his credit–and Nightcrawler, who has been MIA from the franchise since X-Men 2.
As Singer commented:
I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s
Personally, I’m a huge Nightcrawler fan, and Alan Cumming‘s performance as the teleporting German mutant was a highlight of X-Men 2. Given the timeline, we’ll probably see a younger actor in the role–but I’m still happy to know he’s getting more big screen love.
Not enough Gambit was one of SEVERAL weaknesses X-Men Origins: Wolverine suffered from–hopefully Singer will use this opportunity to present Monsieur LeBeau as a more central, or at least better developed character.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due for release May 23rd, while X-Men: Apocalypse won’t be in theatres until May 27th, 2016.