With X-Men: Days of Future Past arriving in theaters in less than two months, everyone’s interest is piqued in regards to the mutant time travelling epic. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Bryan Singer has dropped a few hints on the next chapter in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, due out on May 27th, 2016. Singer is developing Apocalypse with producer Simon Kinberg and his X2 writing team of Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, and plans are for the movie to feature some serious destructo-porn, according to producer Kinberg; “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.” According to Singer, “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
For those of you out there hoping for an adaptation of the mid-nineties epic comic book crossover Age of Apocalypse, it looks like while some elements of that story will be used, this won’t be set in an entirely different reality from the one we’re used to, as in the comic. According to Singer, “[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” As for which mutants will come back, Singer confirmed the First Class crew of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence will be back, and that he wants to introduce younger versions of X-Men from the original series, specifically Nightcrawler and Gambit. “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.”
So just how does Nightcrawler, a character who doesn’t join the X-Men till the modern era (in X2, to be specific), join the team at a much younger age? Well, potential SPOILERS ahead, but here’s some free Nerdist theory and speculation on how this will all play out: Bryan Singer was admittedly inspired by the J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot of Star Trek when coming up with the story for X-Men: First Class (which he produced but didn’t direct). Singer said the premise for Abrams’ Star Trek, how two rivals like Kirk and Spock could become best friends, was the direct inspiration for the story in First Class, only with the story reversed, now being a story of how Xavier and Magneto went from friends to rivals. Could Star Trek ’09’s plot device of time-traveling Spock and future Romulans interfering in the past and creating a new timeline be the inspiration for wiping the slate clean in terms of the X-Men movie timeline? This would be a smart way to reintroduce fan favorites like Cyclops and Jean Grey as younger characters, and also leaving their fates wide open… in other words, they won’t have to go out like chumps like they did in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
Personally, I’m hoping for some totally awesome eighties-ness in Apocalypse; I wanna see Storm with her mohawk, Jean Grey in some ripped lace and rubber bracelets, and Scott Summers in a Members Only jacket. Also, Singer should find a way to sneak in Pete Shelley’s New Wave hit “Homosapien”, which contains they lyrics “Homo-superior/in my interior.” We all know that homo-superior is Marvel’s official classification for mutants after all. It fits.