The X-Men may be mutants, but they do have a number of human allies, and their biggest one is Moira MacTaggert. Moira has appeared in two of the X-Men movies so far, played by Olivia Williams in X-Men: The Last Stand, and then played by Rose Byrne in X-Men: First Class. Moira had to sit out Days of Future Past, but it’s been revealed that she’ll be back for more mutant adventures in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In other news, Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that this coming X-Men movie would be the final chapter of the storyline started in First Class, which makes the presence of Moira all the more important, and insightful, as we look towards the next film.
As you’ll undoubtedly recall, Moira, as a CIA agent, was key in helping Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and the X-Men in stopping the Cuban Missile Crisis from turning into a full blown armageddon. In the end though, Charles wiped her memory of all her work with the X-Men and let her go about her human business in blissful ignorance. While talking to EW, screenwriter Kinberg shed some light on how Moira comes into the X-Men’s orbit again despite her complete lack of recall.
She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them. It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.
Making the relationship more interesting is the fact that Apocalypse is set about 20 years after First Class, so that’s a lot of history to mine for both characters in the coming film. Speaking of which, Kinberg also confirmed for EW that Apocalypse will be the last film in what I can guess be called the First Class trilogy.
This movie is the completion of the first arcs of Charles, Eric, Raven, and Hank, who are essentially our main characters. They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie.
Ah, closure. We all want it, but most of us are vaguely unsatisfied by it when it happens. Hopefully, the film will reconcile all the versions of Moira – the comic book, Last Stand and First Class – in order to make her something we recognize better. Perhaps after her [forgotten] work with the X-Men she decided to leave the CIA, get into genetics and open a facility on Muir Island. Given that the Apocalypse will deal with the ancient origin of mutants through the titular villain, it might not be out of the question to think that that’s how Moira will come back into the fray.
X-Men: Apocalypse, starring the returning McAvoy and Byrne, along with Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and Evan Peters, plus new cast mates Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Oscar Isaac, will begin shooting in the spring for a May 27, 2016 release date. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest news as it comes in.