X-Men: Apocalypse writer talks the 1980s setting, which cast will return

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Jul 4, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT (Updated)

We’re just now getting psyched up to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg is already gearing up for the sequel. So what should we expect?

Kinberg chatted with Total Film in the lead-up to the release of Days of Future Past, and touched on the proposed 1980s setting of the upcoming sequel Apocalypse and which cast will be returning for the next installment.

Interestingly enough, Kinberg revealed the next sequel could once again mesh the modern-day and prequel casts, and he also explained the goal of jumping forward decade-to-decade with each of these sequels. Kinberg also credited First Class director Matthew Vaughn, who was originally attached to direct Days of Future Past, for a lot of the legwork in developing the film before Bryan Singer's return.

Check out an excerpt below: 

“Matthew Vaughn was a big part of Days of Future Past, since he was originally going to direct, and really wanted to leap forward with the characters and thought it’d be more interesting to see where they were as characters 10 years later, not just one year later. We’ll do something similar with Apocalypse, pushing further into our past and their future. I grew up in the 80s, and there’s no music I like more than the 80s, and there’s a very good chance it’ll be in the 80s.

Apocalypse will primarily follow the First Class cast … those will be your protagonists, but there may be some characters from the original cast that could be part of it, and there’s a possibility to tell origin stories for other members of the X-Men universe we haven’t seen yet.”

We still have a few years to wait, but Apocalypse will apparently focus on the mutant baddie of the same name, and look into the genesis of the original mutants and the effect that has on the world. Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s baddest foes in comic lore, so he should make for one heck of a sequel.

(Via Total Film)