With their most recent success, X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s no wonder 20th Century Fox would be anxious for a sequel. But according to DOFP writer-producer Simon Kinberg, the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse will most likely be the last chapter in the X-Men: First Class series. With Bryan Singer returning to direct, Apocalypse should be a grand finale for Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy. Learn more after the jump.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Kinberg recently divulged a few tidbits on the upcoming X-Men film. As many fans have been awaiting for the arrival of one of the mutant’s most notorious villains, Apocalypse, it will be sad to see such great talent exit the franchise:
“The thrust of ‘Apocalypse’ is really to complete the trilogy we began with ‘First Class’ – to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds…[and who] we’ve followed through the span of decades. So that’ll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven’t seen…ever…but it’ll be the completion of what we began in ‘First Class’.”
From here we can infer that the film’s storyline and narrative will be simplistic enough to be concluded in a single film so as to bring closure to all the characters’ journeys. This will prove to be a difficult undertaking considering the movie will also be introducing a new characters, as well Apocalypse, of course.
Kinberg also revealed that Psylocke and Cable were originally slated to be in Days of Future Past as well, but this proved to be too much of an ambitious endeavor with the production’s pre-existing plans.
“[Psylocke] has a cool power. I know Bryan thinks she’s a neat character so there’s certainly a chance she’ll be in an ‘X-Men’ movie some day. Hopefully there’ll be a lot of ‘X-Men’ movies and there’s lot of mutants we’re yet to fully explore onscreen, even if they’ve had cameos before. Now we’re making more films there’s a chance to dig deeper.”
And in terms of the X-Men timeline, Kinberg clarified this for fans, too:
“We changed the timeline for everything that came after ‘DOFP’ – so ‘X-Men 1’, 2 and 3, even ‘The Wolverine’. So Jean [Grey] was not killed in ‘Last Stand’, nor was Scott, and a whole lot of other things rippled.”
The absolute chronology goes as follows:
- X-Men: First Class
- The past part of ‘DOFP
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- The Wolverine
- The future part of ‘Days of Future Past
Will this mean more X-Men movies in the future? If so, what plot lines will they explore this time? How will these storylines be affected from the changed timeline?
Hopefully, any forthcoming X-Men films will be able to create a cohesive story from the new X-Men history.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to arrive in theaters on May 18 2016.