The X-Men franchise is no stranger to slip ups and roadblocks, with disasters like X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and more. However, over the past few films set in the X-Men universe, starting with X-Men: First Class, the projects from Fox have been steadily getting better over time (let’s just ignore Fantastic Four, okay?). With awful reviews ahead of the film though and even tougher competition facing it, it’s looking more and more like X-Men: Apocalypse may just be the newest roadblock in Fox’s X-Men universe.
Touted as being a retread of numerous themes from the previous films, as well as lifeless and boring, the film has also received a number of comparisons to Last Stand, which I believe is probably something pulled straight out of director Bryan Singer’s nightmares. Maybe the thing that the films need though, isn’t a new decade like Simon Kinberg has said, but a change of setting and environment?
While recently speaking with Fandango recently, Singer teased his desire to bring the X-Men characters into space in the next film:
“We’ve also introduced the tenants of time travel, which already exists in the comic book. Also I imagine – and this is 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. “
Now, considering Singer’s track record with the franchise, as well as several scenes in X-Men: Apocalypse, I think we can all agree that this means the next X-Men film could very well take another shot at the Dark Phoenix storyline, which is something that I think a large number of fans still want to see onscreen – myself included, especially with Sophie Turner’s iteration of the character. I just would be a lot more excited about this idea, if Bryan Singer wasn’t planning on helming it.
His time with the franchise is done at this point and I feel like Apocalypse is final proof of that. Let some new blood come in to direct the next film, and I don’t mean someone like Brett Ratner either. But not someone who’s directed so many movies in the franchise at this point, that he’s resorted to redoing a number of conflicts and themes that he’s already done in the previous movies either.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theatres on May 27th.
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