Looks like it’s the end of the road for some of the X-Men.
We all expect some major things to happen in next month’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Choices will be made, actions will be taken and lives will be lost. With that, we will probably be saying goodbye to some of our favorite characters and the actors who play them. In fact, we might be saying goodbye to a lot of them.
Speaking with HitFix, screenwriter Simon Kinberg spoke about Days and its follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse. Already green lit, Apocalypse promises to build on the plot of Days but apparently without many of the performers. Aside from Hugh Jackman, it seems that most of the actors who have been with the franchise since its beginning won’t appear in Apocalypse.
Here’s what Kinberg had to say:
[Apocalypse] really follows the ‘First Class’ cast. Meaning it is a sequel that will feature McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nic Hoult and that cast. It is not a sequel that would necessarily feature Ian, Patrick, Halle and the original cast. It would take place roughly between the past of ‘Days of Future Past’ and when ‘X-Men’ first started.
Notice how he didn’t mention Jackman as one of the folks not necessarily featured? Interesting.
This has been a question on everyone’s mind since Days of Future Past was announced: which cast gets the series after? Obviously every film can’t be a mix between the cast that was and the cast that is. Surely having both helps the box office gross but it just isn’t feasible.
Kinsberg gets a little dodgy when talking about how these characters will be phased out.
Certainly things that take place in ‘Days of Future Past’ in the past have an impact on the future. That’s the whole point of the plot and, I can say, in at least the vaguest of terms there care repercussions from what happens in 1973 that ripple all the way forward in time. Which means they would ripple through the time periods of the original ‘X-Men’ movies. That’s a vague answer to your question.
Oh, that’s vague alright. It certainly sounds like some of the “future” versions of the X-Men will be meeting a cruel, harsh end. But it makes sense and sets up a new timeline filled with strictly the X-Men: First Class cast. Out with the old and in with the new. Although, I guess the original cast is technically the “new” because of the whole future/past thing. Shoot, now I’ve confused myself…
Flaws and all, First Class was a good start to a new franchise. I’ve always felt that Days of Future Past kind of showed that the creators didn’t really have a handle on where to take things. That’s not to say that it won’t be a great movie, it’s just to say that it seems weird to bring in all the X-Men, past and future, after trying to launch a brand new, rebooted series. It’s as if the people behind the scenes wanted the characters to hand over the torch and show audiences that this new cast of characters could be trusted and adored. Now it definitely sounds like that’s the case.
Where will X-Men: Apocalypse take us? What will it be about? We’re not entirely sure but we have a pretty good idea who will be in it…and who won’t be.