X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn't even hit theaters yet, but that doesn’t mean director Bryan Singer ain’t talking about the next X-Men flick on his agenda, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Singer said that the film will be “somewhat” based on the 1990 comic storyline “Age of Apocalypse,” which featured the classic villain Apocalypse. However, Singer stressed that the new X-Men film will not happen in an alternate universe, the way that it did in the comics.
“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” admits Singer. Adds Kinberg, “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”
Singer also noted the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past will provide some clues for the upcoming Apocalypse storyline, but don't expect the ending to directly set up Apocalypse:
“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.” He adds, “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
Well, this all sounds very exciting and intriguing. We wonder how Bryan Singer will pull this one off, since Age of Apocalypse is a massive sandbox in which to play.
However, what has us most excited is the list of mutants Singer wants to add to the mix in Age of Apocalypse. Namely? Gambit and Nightcrawler. Can we get a loud hooray?!
Fan favorite Gambit was last seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was played by John Carter's Taylor Kitsch, while Nightcrawler appeared only in X-Men 2 and was played to perfection by Alan Cumming. Singer said: “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.”
The roles will probably be recast, since X-Men Apocalypse will follow the First Class cast of Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy), Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven Darkholm/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and be set roughly in the 1980s.
What do you guys think? Which of your favorite mutants do you want to see in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse? Do you want Gambit and Nightcrawler back?
X-Men: Days of Future Past will slash its way into theaters on May 23.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)