X-Men: Apocalypse held its world premiere in London last night, and the critical reception hasn’t exactly been stellar – particularly coming so closely on the heels of Marvel’s widely praised Captain America: Civil War, or Fox’s own R-rated runaway success, Deadpool. But with a large universe and a huge repertoire of characters, there’s still room for plenty of future X-Men stories – and maybe even a spot for a certain red-clad mercenary.
Speaking with Variety during a press event, director Bryan Singer discussed the potential for Deadpool to appear in a future X-Men film:
“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently. When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”
While Singer’s comments make sense, one of the largest criticisms levied against X-Men: Apocalypse is how seriously the film takes itself, and how little joy can be found in its 143-minute running time. Perhaps throwing in a carefully-measured dose of the Merc with the Mouth is exactly what this flagging franchise needs to get it back on track?
A new director with a new vision could also help revitalize the X-Men series. Apocalypse is Singer’s fourth time behind the camera, and behind-the-scenes buzz seems to indicate that he won’t be back for the next outing – at least not in a directorial capacity. But his comments to Variety hint that he might remain involved at some level or another.
“When you spend nearly two decades in a universe, to simply say, ‘I’m done,’ or, ‘I’m going to abandon it,’ just wouldn’t make sense to me. I’m very connected to this universe and a lot of these actors, and also the characters, whomever plays them. So never say never.”
X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27.
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