Update on the Future of the X-MEN Franchise

Written by Andrew Pollard Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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With X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit and one last outing for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on the way, writer/producer Simon Kinberg has been speaking to MTV about just where things stand with the X-verse and what is and isn’t now canon.

Kinberg revealed, “The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after Days of Future Past in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change for X1, 2, 3, everything from Days of Future Past forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon. So the Gambit movie, the Deadpool movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in Days of Future Past and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist with the same rules. There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.”

On just how Kinberg and 20th Century Fox are keeping track of this shared universe, he added, “I don’t have it up on a wall, but I have it on my computer, and I have it sort of tattooed on my brain now too. But yeah, we have a clear sense of the directions we want to take them in and in my mind at least, how we could start to cross-pollinate sort of with those characters that have their standalone movies.”

He then closed the interview by addressing the mixed reaction to the look of Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, Kinberg said, “I feel like we have been, the X-Men franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think Days of Future Past with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past. We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the centre of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”

More cosmic? That certainly throws up a whole host of possibilities in terms of comic book tales that any future X-movies could pull from. As for resetting the timeline of the movies with Days of Future Past, that could be both a blessing and a curse. Of course it allows for plenty of problems to be addressed, but then it seems a shame to ignore the fantastic X-Men and X2.

To be directed once more by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse is currently set for a May 27th, 2016 release.

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With X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit and one last outing for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on the way, writer/producer Simon Kinberg has been speaking to MTV about just where things stand with the X-verse and what is and isn’t now canon.

Kinberg revealed, “The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after Days of Future Past in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change for X1, 2, 3, everything from Days of Future Past forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon. So the Gambit movie, the Deadpool movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in Days of Future Past and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist with the same rules. There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.”

On just how Kinberg and 20th Century Fox are keeping track of this shared universe, he added, “I don’t have it up on a wall, but I have it on my computer, and I have it sort of tattooed on my brain now too. But yeah, we have a clear sense of the directions we want to take them in and in my mind at least, how we could start to cross-pollinate sort of with those characters that have their standalone movies.”

He then closed the interview by addressing the mixed reaction to the look of Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, Kinberg said, “I feel like we have been, the X-Men franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think Days of Future Past with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past. We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the centre of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”

More cosmic? That certainly throws up a whole host of possibilities in terms of comic book tales that any future X-movies could pull from. As for resetting the timeline of the movies with Days of Future Past, that could be both a blessing and a curse. Of course it allows for plenty of problems to be addressed, but then it seems a shame to ignore the fantastic X-Men and X2.

To be directed once more by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse is currently set for a May 27th, 2016 release.


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