The Age of Apocalypse will soon be upon us, albeit with a few differences. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Bryan Singer stated that X-Men: Apocalypse, the 2016 sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, would draw influence from the 1990 storyline Age of Apocalypse, but not necessarily create an alternate universe. Producer Simon Kinberg added that, “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.”
Like most superhero movies that set up sequels, X-Men: Days of Future Past will provide clues on X-Men: Apocalypse’s storyline. Singer also notes that the film will act as a history lesson as we explore the origin of ancient mutancy.
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. 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?
By the way, if you were looking forward to seeing any original X-Men cast members in X-Men: Apocalypse, you’re out of luck. Singer reiterated that the film will largely be a First Class sequel, with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence all returning. Singer also expressed his interest for bringing back Gambit and Nightcrawler.
I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.
By following the First Class timeline, we’re already getting an alternative universe of X-Men films, so I wasn’t expecting Singer to create another universe filled with dark reflections of these characters. That being said, I’m glad Singer is looking at Age of Apocalypse for influence and keeping Apocalypse’s ancient history intact. The man may not be great at adapting character looks, but he certainly does well in drawing from the source material.
By the way, I’m noticing these X-Men films are skipping ahead a decade with each new film. If there’s a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse, does this mean the mutants will be dealing with grunge rock in the ’90s as they take on Mister Sinister?
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly