This time two years ago, the hype for X-Men: Days of Future Past was so intense that the producers were already openly discussing the next X-Men film, Apocalypse. Of course, things were in the works long before May 2014 because the stinger at the end if Days revealed Apocalypse in his Ancient Egypt days, suggesting that 20th Century Fox was already thinking well ahead to the next episode. So what about the next movie to follow X-Men: Apocalypse? Is Fox already thinking about that? Why yes they are! And one of the main creative forces behind the movie X-Men universe have established a timeline.
While talking to Coming Soon, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg revealed that “The next one is set in the 90s.” That would follow the pattern that Fox has established with the X-Men series lately following the 60s-set First Class, the 70s-set Days, and the 80s-set Apocalypse. On the other hand, director Bryan Singer promised some kind of finality to Apocalypse when he said the sixth film was “kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters” and “the true birth of the X-Men.”
So having said all that, will key players like James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender stick around for the 90s? Kinberg said in a previous statement that Apocalypse “delivers on the dramatic story and emotion of the last two movies. In feels like a culmination of the four main characters really – McAvoy, Fassbender, Nic[holas] Hoult and Jen[nifer Lawrence].” Of course, that’s not to say that those actors can’t re-up for X-Men 7, but will they?
There’s also Kinberg’s use of the term “the next one” which has lead some people to suspect that he’s not talking about the next X-Men at all, but rather New Mutants. That project seems to be coming together nicely under the supervision of The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, and evidently Alexandra Shipp will be reprising her Apocalypse roll as Storm for that one, which might suggest that New Mutants will be 90s set. I guess we’ll see.
Of course, the 90s are highly significant for the X-Men, it was the height of their popularity, the height of the influence by superstar artists like Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld, and the introduction of a lot of popular characters like Gambit, Cable, and, of course, Deadpool. Are we going to see a lot of trench coats, straps and pouches in the next movie? I guess we’ll find out.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters everywhere on May 27.
Source: Superhero Hype