The importance of Bryan Singer to the superhero genre cannot be understated. Singer brought the superhero to the mainstream, in a way that simply hadn’t been seen before, through the X-Men films. Though the franchise may have seen good and bad days over the last 15 years, X-Men has proven to be a resilient franchise; willing to adapt.
With all of this in mind, a rumour began circulating the web today that X-Men: Apocalypse and James Mangold’s next Wolverine movie, will mark the end of the X-Men films, as we know them.
This rumour would gel with a number of things we have seen over the past few months. Most notably, the fact that Hugh Jackman announced that the next Wolverine movie he would do, would be the last time he would play the role… with many believing this will be Bendis’ Old Man Logan story.
As well as this, if some of the comments Singer gave today are to be believed, it will be hard to top the stakes of X-Men: Apocalypse. According to Bryan Singer, “It’s a big monster of a movie (this is obvious from the leaked images below)... The stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It’s definitely an X-Men movie, but it really feels different”.
These comments sound strikingly familiar, to the pitch and images that were shown to the public last year, for Singer’s proposed version of X-Men 3. (continues after pics)
During the same interview, Singer spoke about the new members of the cast for this instalment. Singer said: “They’re as much a part of the movie as our main cast. Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”
All of this has led to the question, what will happen to the X-Men after this? Rumours have circulated that a proposed joining of 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios may be on the table. If I had heard this a few months ago, I would have dismissed this instantly. However, given Sony’s new deal with the Spider-Man franchise, anything seems possible.