As X-Men: Apocalypse gets set to hit cinemas later this month, some interesting news is coming out in regards to the next X-Men film. Yes, as the title suggests, Xavier’s mutant could well be heading to space.
We already know that current plan for the follow-up to Apocalypse is to have the film set in the ‘90s, and now it looks as if it could also take place away from Earth.
Speaking to Fandango, director Singer first addressed the decade-shifting timeline of the recent X-movies, explaining, “That was something Simon and I discussed a long time ago, all the way back to when I first pitched the studio on First Class – that they do each movie in 10-year increments. It’s a nice way for the audience to kind of keep track of the timeline, and it’s fun to play in these different eras. So that’s a good starting point.”
On where the next movie may head to, Singer teased, “We’ve also introduced the tenants of time travel, which already exists in the comic book. Also, I imagine – and this if the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting visually.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is the final part of a trilogy that began with First Class and continued with Days of Future Past, and there are questions over whether Singer will be back for any further X-outings. On that topic, the director said, “Like Apocalypse – like some of the characters and stakes – it’s something we haven’t seen before. If I’m going to be involved in a significant way, it has to be something different. Visually different and aesthetically different.”
Singer concluded, “So the ‘90s is a good jumping-off point, but as we established in Days of Future Past and now with the formation of the X-Men, some characters in Apocalypse move towards their destinies; the characters who we knew from X-Men 1, 2 and 3. Meanwhile, some characters move in opposite directions. So it’s somewhat limitless.”
As Singer mentioned, the X-Men have been known to regularly head up into the stars over the years in the comic books, whether it involves Lilandra and the Shi-ar, whether it’s to tackle The Brood, whether it’s to tie-in with Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force, or one of their various other jaunts to space. Could it be that we’ll see something similar by the time the next X-Men movie rolls around?
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