Who Can We Expect to See in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’?

By May 27, 2014
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First off, if you haven’t yet seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, you’ll probably want to slowly back away from this article, because it directly deals with events in DoFP and addresses some speculation for the next film in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, and we don’t want you to be spoiled for either unless you want to be. Cool?

With Days of Future Past playing in a theater near you, it’s time we turn our attentions to X-Men: Apocalypse, the next chapter in the newly rebooted and definitely reshaped X-Men franchise. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been predictably cagey about what we can expect to see in the next film, and while his latest comment on something seemingly basic — who will star in the next film? — doesn’t give too much away, it’s absolutely worth exploring, at least until we get something meatier to chat about in the coming months.

Kinberg sat down with The Daily Beast recently, and when asked about who we can expect to see in Apocalypse, he told the outlet: “It will focus primarily on the ‘First Class’ cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.”

A mystery! Let’s crack it! As /Film reminds us, this is (sort of) in line with some earlier Kinberg comments, when he explained that Apocalypse “really follows the ‘First Class’ cast. Meaning it is a sequel that will feature McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nic Hoult and that cast. It is not a sequel that would necessarily feature Ian, Patrick, Halle and the original cast. It would take place roughly between the past of ‘Days of Future Past’ and when ‘X-Men’ first started.” Notice how Kinberg has gone from saying that the film would not necessarily include the original cast to saying that a few of them will certainly be involved in the new feature. Now how exactly does that work?

X-Men DOFP cast

If Kinberg’s comments hold true, we can expect to see stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and probably Hugh Jackman back for more adventures, and it seems likely that we’ll also meet some new mutants and possibly even get to spend more quality time with Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, who popped up in DoFP. However, with the ending of Days of Future Past bringing back to life (in some cases, quite literally) beloved characters like Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), the elder Beast (Kelsey Grammar), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Scott Summers (James Marsden), it would seem like a big waste to not explore them again with some fresh material.

Perhaps Kinberg’s earlier comments were meant to keep his audience from thinking too much about the original cast — because we thought they were all dead or at least off the scene — and now he’s feeling a touch more free to introduce them back into the equation.

Who would you like to see in the next film?

X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • I really thought Singer and his team would move ahead only with the young cast in the forefront for X-Men: Apocalypse. DOFP did such a good job of nullifying the terrible fates of a lot of the older cast, but how many more times can they tell stories with both casts without using the time travel angle again?