Those that have seen and enjoyed the newest installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, are probably wondering just how Fox and company plan to top this amazing flick. One piece of good luck is that both director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg plan on returning for X-Men: Apocalypse, so we can count on the same team bringing us back to the X-Men universe for another round. Now, Kinberg has stepped up to let the fans know a bit more about the 2016 film, particularly the tone of the movie and the work they’re putting into making sure Apocalypse isn’t just a two-dimensional powerhouse that the X-team will wail on for 2 ½ hours. Read on for the details.
In a recent interview with IGN, Kinberg had this to say about the scope and tone of X-Men: Apocalypse:
“The thing that we’ve spent the most time talking about is not just the visual execution of the character, which is its own challenge – creating a character that’s the most powerful I think of any mutant villain that we’ve seen in the X-Men movies so far. More powerful than Magneto. The kind of scope and scale we’re talking about is like disaster movie, extinction level event. Sort of Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking, which you’ve never seen in an X-Men movie, or any superhero movie, which I think is exciting.”
And then he went on to talk a bit more about what to expect from the main baddie, Apocalypse:
“But we’ve also been talking about how to give him a real emotional and philosophical underpinning. So he’s not just somebody who’s out there destroying the world because he can. What he’s doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a real compelling, coherent philosophy. He tries to proselytise and convert people – maybe some of our most familiar characters – to come to his cause. “
Those familiar with the Apocalypse storylines know that the conversion of some of our favorite characters into Apocalypse’s minions does indeed happen. Of course, the characters that Kinberg chooses to fill those defector roles could be entirely different from the original tale. We’ll be getting a new incarnation of Apocalypse, of the Four Horsemen and of the story in general, which should be pretty exciting to see.
What say the Nerd Readers? Has Days of Future Past given you renewed hope in X-Men: Apocalypse? Or do you think the Apocalypse story arc may be too difficult for ordinary human beings to adapt to the big screen?
Check out X-Men: Apocalypse when it comes to theaters in two years, on May 27th, 2016.