With X-Men Apocalypse already taking in over $185million worldwide, what does Bryan Singer think of his fourth X-Men film in the series?
He recently chatted with the Los Angeles Times where not only was Apocalypse discussed but also its contrasts to the previous X-Men: Days of Future Past, and what is likely to happen for the future of the franchise: “[This] is not only the finale of the trilogy that started with “X-Men: First Class,” it’s the finale of six movies.” said Singer, “I’ve done something no other franchise has done — not even “Star Wars,” which is bouncing around in time. I’ve actually altered time.”
The time altering, to put it simply, wipes out what happens in X-Men, X2 and The Last Stand, along with, most likely, The Wolverine and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The only people who have any knowledge of these somewhat woeful events are the audience and Wolverine himself. In fact the only film now not technically in the time canon is X-Men Apocalypse, even though it is technically a “in-betwee-quel” as Singer put it .
Well done Singer you have confused us all.
As for the future of the franchise, and even more altering of the timeline, Singer doesn’t really know. In the interview, Singer mentioned how fellow director Danny Boyle asked him whether he would be making x-men films forever? “I didn’t actually say no.” He said “The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don’t see myself abandoning them forever.”
Apocalypse ended with an obvious hint to more movies to come and there is clearly so much more they can explore with this universe. Singer did go on to mention that “[he] did see himself returning in the future”
He has done X-Men films, almost back to back, for years and has been part of the franchise all the time; it makes sense that he deserves a break. The question is however, will we have to wait for him to return before we see another film or will the network make one without him. I would expect it would be down to the nature of the film and the storyline it has.