Director Bryan Singer was rumored to be directing X-Men: Apocalypse before disturbing sexual abuse allegations against him were made, but that lawsuit has been dropped, and now he can make it official. Deadline reports that the director will indeed return to helm the sequel to his massively successful X-Men franchise, following up this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
There was some confusion about who we’d actually see in X-Men: Apocalypse considering the ending of Days of Future Past (spoiler alert) resurrected some of the series’ main characters. But Deadline claims that Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) will be “joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others”, meaning that some recasting is in order for those roles. Go ahead and start your fantasy casting now. Singer has hinted before about what the movie will be about, but a more traditional plot summary indicates that the story picks up about ten years after the events of DOFP, and will see the X-Men join forces to defeat an ancient evil (that’d be Apocalypse himself) who was unleashed somehow because of the time travel that occurred in the most recent film.
This movie is clearly going to recast some of the major X-Men, but we have to wonder how long Hugh Jackman will continue to play Wolverine. This franchise is already confusing enough as it is, and the recasting of those characters will make a certain amount of sense considering where this story falls on the timeline. Wolverine has shown that he doesn’t age, and he’s already been sent through time, so they shouldn’t ever need to recast this character. But since Jackman isn’t an ageless mutant in real life, they’re going to have to get around to finding a new Wolverine one day, and when that happens, I wonder what kind of effects it will have on the X-Men movie universe as a whole. Will Fox scrap everything and recast everyone, so as not to make things even more confusing for audiences? Or will a new, younger, Wolverine be interacting with an aging Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy?
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