Simon Kinberg calls Apocalypse both an ending, and new beginning, for the X-Men

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Nov 13, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

The introduction of young Xavier and Mystique in X-Men: First Class doesn’t seem that long ago, but Fox is already putting the finishing touches on the prequel trilogy with the upcoming Apocalypse. But, just because it might look like the end, it apparently doesn’t feel like the end.

Producer Simon Kinberg chatted with Collider about the state of the X-Men and revealed that they’re currently in the editing phase for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Where Days of Future Past was a time-twisty tale incorporating the casts of the original trilogy and First Class era, Apocalypse looks to be largely set in the 1980s and follows the young X-Men’s first faceoff with the ancient mutant Apocalypse. 

Along with stalwarts like Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McCoy’s Xavier and Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, this latest sequel will also introduce young versions of heroes Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). That’s a tricky tightrope to walk, though Kinberg said the early cuts of the film are striking an excellent balance of winding down the First Class arc while also giving these new characters a trajectory to follow in any potential future sequels.

Check out what he had to say below:

“I’m super happy with it. We are in the edit working on it, working on the first cut of the film. But it’s really exciting. I’ve said this before and I feel it even more having seen the movie cut together: I do think it will be the biggest of the X-Men films just in terms of the scale and the scope of the movie, and even more the emotional stakes and scope of the film.

It has a level of drama and emotion, for all of the characters—I think going into it I assumed this would be the culmination in many ways of this little trilogy we were telling for young Erik, Charles, Mystique, and Beast but I think what was surprising over the span of photography and now into post as well is just how resonant the young Jean, Scott, and Storm stories are too. So I think the movie feels very balanced between—I don’t wanna call them the older generation because they were the younger generation, but the generation of the X-Men from the last few films and the new generation.”

It’ll be interesting to see how they bring all these parts together, but after seeing how deftly Bryan Singer managed to blend casts in Days of Future Past, we have high hopes for Apocalypse. What do you want to see next from the X-Men franchise?

X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

(Via Collider)