The X-Men franchise was in bad shape leading into 2011’s X-Men: First Class. After two critical bombs in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, fans were beginning to wonder when they might get to see another good X-Men film. Then Matthew Vaughn seemingly restarted the series again with First Class before Bryan Singer returned with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and managed to send the franchise into entirely new heights.
Now the Fox Cinematic Universe looks like its never been better. With Deadpool, The Wolverine 2, and Gambit all in the works right now, the universe is expanding in ways that fans haven’t seen from the studio yet. However, nothing holds more power over the universe’s characters than next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and it looks like the next movie in the X-Men franchise might just be its most impactful yet.
During a recent interview with Collider, Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg commented on the film’s story, promising that it will deliver on some of the previous threads left open in both First Class and Days of Future Past, as well as providing an emotional payoff for the characters. Check out his full quote below:
“It delivers on the dramatic story and emotion of the last two movies. It feels like the culmination of the four main characters really — McAvoy, Fassbender, Nic Hoult, and Jen. And it’s a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories.”
This doesn’t necessarily come as a complete surprise considering how Days of Future Past managed to carry the emotional story arcs over from First Class and provide the onscreen characters with new depth, while simultaneously taking them in some directions we hadn’t seen before. With Kinberg back on as screenwriter and Singer returning to direct Apocalypse as well, the film will likely have a similar tone and aesthetic to Days of Future Past as well.
The presence of a villain like Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) should prove to be an interesting way of sending each of the characters down their individual rabbit holes though. Considering the mutants he’s chosen as the Four Horsemen in the film too (Angel, Magneto, Psylocke, and Storm) – it seems like this will be a battle between our favorite characters like we’ve never seen before.
However, what Kinberg means specifically by “culmination” will have to wait to be seen, but going off of the relationships between the characters that have been established so far, something tells me Kinberg and Singer have some big plans for the future of the Fox Cinematic Universe.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theatres on May 27th, 2016.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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