If you thought X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past were kicking off the franchise, think again. Yes, it appears that X-Men: Apocalypse is set to launch another series of films as the revitalised franchise goes from strength to strength.
Apocalypse – although the word has obviously world-ending connotations – seems that it will be the birth of the X-Men that we know and love, introducing us to younger incarnations of characters like Storm and Cyclops.
Bryan Singer, the director, spoke with Digital Spy (via Squareeyed) about the incarnation of the X-Men that we will see in the upcoming film: “In First Class, they were kind of a mutant CIA tactical force team, and Days of Future Past was a time travel film that dealt with a specific incident. This, finally, is the movie about how the X-Men were born – not the school, but the X-Men themselves.”
This is Bryan Singer’s fourth film in the directors chair in the X-Men franchise and it seems like he’s not ready to leave just yet. While the director is aware that he could be “directing these movies till he’s dead”, he appears enthusiastic to keep going. Well, if he keeps making them: “I love these characters. I want to be the guy to pick young Storm, and Jean, and I want to be the guy to pick who Apocalypse is. And to take Magneto into this different place in his life, and to take Raven into this different place in her life. And I want to be the guy to take Xavier’s hair off! That’s me! I don’t want anyone else to do that.”
Singer also focused on when exactly we will meet the characters in relation to the events in Days of Future Past: “In First Class, they were kind of a mutant CIA tactical force team, and Days of Future Past was a time travel film that dealt with a specific incident. This, finally, is the movie about how the X-Men were born – not the school, but the X-Men themselves.”
After his three X-Men movies, we’d gladly put up with Singer hanging around…