Although Bryan Singer recently confirmed that X-Men: Apocalypse would be set in the 1980s, just who the mutants would consist of, outside the returning First Class cast members of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), has remained something of a question mark. It’s been speculated that the characters of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey, obviously in younger teenage incarnations, would be introduced in this movie, and now Singer has seemingly confirmed it. In talking to Sci-Fi Now magazine (via Comic Book Movie) when asked if due to the time period in which the movie takes place, we would be introduced to those three key X-Men in recast roles, Singer said, “Yeah, exactly. My next goal is how did the X-Men come together? That story hasn’t been told yet, so Days of Future Past is the inbetweenquel; It’s in between the birth of that relationship with Charles and Erik and the formation of the X-Men.”
So what else could this mean for X-men: Apocalypse with those three key X-Men back in the picture? We could finally see proper character development and screentime for Scott Summers, a/k/a Cyclops, for starters. With Apocalypse as the heavy, and Cyclops involved, could Mr. Sinister be far behind? Just speculatin’. We could see Jean Grey at true Phoenix level power, maybe before Charles Xavier put the mental blocks to prevent the Phoenix from taking over. And most importantly, we could see someone finally do the character of Storm justice. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Lupita Nyong’o was born to play ’80s Mohawk Ororo Munroe. Make it happen, Fox.) Singer has already hinted that we’d also see a younger Nightcrawler and Gambit as well.
There are two other major questions hanging over X-Men:Apocalypse now: first, being whether or not Hugh Jackman will return in any capacity as Wolverine. He has recently said that he is “99.9 % sure” that Wolverine 3 is going to be his last go-round as Logan, but X-Men: Apocalypse comes out the year before, so it’s hardly out of the question. And second, will Bryan Singer return as director as intended, or will his mountain of recent legal troubles force him to pass? And how much of what he’s been developing for this movie stay if he’s replaced? This movie already has a release date set in two years’ time, so a decision is going to have to be made soon on that front.