Singer on the goal of Apocalypse: 'How did the X-Men come together?'

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May 8, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT (Updated)

We’re still dying to get a look at X-Men: Days of Future Past, but director Bryan Singer is already gearing up for the sequel, Apocalypse. So, what big question is he trying to answer this time?

In an interview with SciFi Now, Singer revealed that Apocalypse will dig into the creation of the X-Men as we know the team in the original trilogy, and how Xavier assembled all the disparate members into the evil-fighting team we know and love.

Singer said his next goal in the 1980s-set sequel is to answer the question “How did the X-Men come together?” and to do that, he said, it’s “exactly” the right time to revisit and recast younger versions of original characters like Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm. 

The director hinted Apocalypse will pick up after the “inbetweenquel” story told in Days of Future Past, which digs into the period between the “birth of that relationship with Charles and Erik and the formation of the X-Men.”

Producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg noted that the setting, falling between First Class and the modern-day trilogy, is actually a very freeing aspect of these sequels to give the filmmakers an easy avenue to tell those missing stories and add new and old actors into the mix.

"In a way, it feels like from this point forward we can do whatever we wants. But we’ll be moving forward with some of the actors from the First Class/Days of Future Past cast, so there’s stuff we've done in these last couple of movies that we’ll definitely continue doing for them, at least in Apocalypse, if not more movies going forward.”

After floundering with X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Origins Wolverine, First Class gave the franchise just the creative jolt it desperately needed. That flick was a lot of fun, and if Days of Future Past lives up to the hype, we can’t wait to see more stories set in these missing years.

Is the formation of the X-Men a story you'd like to see told?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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