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Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg talk story details for X-Men: Apocalypse

04.11.2014

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is right around the corner, but that's not stopping director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg from talking about the next mutant adventure, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. With DOFP set to mingle two different timelines and play with the larger threads of the X-Universe, it appears that both Singer and Kinberg have big plans on taking the story even further into the time travel/alternate universe realm. Singer says the film will be "'somewhat' based on the 1990 comic storyline 'Age of Apocalypse'" but not a direct translation apparently.

“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with.”

With X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST looking to be the largest scale film of the X-Franchise, it appears that X-MEN: APOCALYPSE may top it in terms of visual imagery, as Kinberg points out:

“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.”

So, the question is, does X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST set up X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in a manner that directly leads to the follow-up?

“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen. 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?”

Interesting. I like that these guys are going for the bigger scope and intricate storylines, although if they get too convoluted they'll end up confusing audiences and turning them off, much like the comics do. Having read the X-comics for more than two decades, there have been many points where I gave up and took a hiatus from them, just to take a break from all the head-spinning changes and shake-ups that made for mass confusion. Members changing teams, characters being revived or dying on a regular basis, getting older or younger, reborn, changing races, etc. The X-Men, at least in the comics, can be a batshit crazy group to hang around with. So, maybe it's a good thing that Singer and Kinberg aren't doing a direct adaptation of anything. Either way, I'm interested to see what they come up with.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens on May 23, 2014 and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE opens on May 27, 2016.

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8:01PM on 04/11/2014
In the link it says Singer wants to explore the 80s, so Apocalypse will take place in the 80s? But The Wolverine was in present day, so no Wolvie in Apocalypse? Also Cyclops, Gambit, Rogue and any others would be children during that time, so none of them either? Fuck me.
In the link it says Singer wants to explore the 80s, so Apocalypse will take place in the 80s? But The Wolverine was in present day, so no Wolvie in Apocalypse? Also Cyclops, Gambit, Rogue and any others would be children during that time, so none of them either? Fuck me.
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1:56AM on 04/12/2014
Obviously we don't completely know what is going to happen with the timelines in Days of Future Past, but one can assume that The Wolverine is a movie that takes place in the original timeline leading up to the events that make them send Logan back in time. Cyclops and Gambit could be in the movie. If you remember Cyclops was a teenager and Gambit was probably supposed to be in his 20's in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I understand that DoFP takes place around 1973, which is before the events of
Obviously we don't completely know what is going to happen with the timelines in Days of Future Past, but one can assume that The Wolverine is a movie that takes place in the original timeline leading up to the events that make them send Logan back in time. Cyclops and Gambit could be in the movie. If you remember Cyclops was a teenager and Gambit was probably supposed to be in his 20's in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I understand that DoFP takes place around 1973, which is before the events of X-Men Origins, which was in 1979, but everything up to that point in 1973 should still have occured in the same way which would mean that Scott and Remy both would still have been born in their respective years. Therefore, Gambit and Cyclops could appear in Apocalypse although they would have to go younger with Cyclops so James Marsden wouldn't be reprising the role. As far as Rogue is concerned, based on her age in the original X-Men, I doubt she would have even been conceived at that point.
2:02PM on 04/11/2014

Some spoilers

A viral website just popped up guys, linking past events and the rest of the X-Men films together. [link]
A viral website just popped up guys, linking past events and the rest of the X-Men films together. [link]
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2:09PM on 04/11/2014
SPOILERS for the movie it seems like. Stay away if you don't want to know.
SPOILERS for the movie it seems like. Stay away if you don't want to know.
5:31AM on 04/12/2014
I wouldn't call any of that spoilers !
I wouldn't call any of that spoilers !
1:47PM on 04/11/2014

It's a complete retelling

They're going to water it down and basically make it an x-men movie set in an apocalyptic world. I don't think this will be an "Age of Apocalypse". It will just be apocalypse as the bad guy, he probably wont have wordwide domination. If they actually put an awesome fight between wolverine and cyclops and shows what happens to them then that would be cool. They'd have to put holocaust, dark beast, and sinister, but they won't. Well maybe dark beast. My memory is kinda gone on the AoA
They're going to water it down and basically make it an x-men movie set in an apocalyptic world. I don't think this will be an "Age of Apocalypse". It will just be apocalypse as the bad guy, he probably wont have wordwide domination. If they actually put an awesome fight between wolverine and cyclops and shows what happens to them then that would be cool. They'd have to put holocaust, dark beast, and sinister, but they won't. Well maybe dark beast. My memory is kinda gone on the AoA comics, but there is no way that the movie will come close to the awesomeness of the comic. Set your expectations low, people.
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1:18PM on 04/11/2014
Wonder if they're thinking that since the X-Men stopped this future from happening, it creates something more sinister, like the Age of Apocalypse.
Wonder if they're thinking that since the X-Men stopped this future from happening, it creates something more sinister, like the Age of Apocalypse.
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1:43PM on 04/11/2014
That's what they did in the cartoon series. There was a really good animated series about DOFP a few years ago. They eventually fought the A.I. that the Sentinels evolved into and won, only to find themselves back in the past and in an Earth that was now ruled by Apocalypse. Unfortunately the show wasn't renewed (and I've never read the comics) so we'll never know where it was going to go.
That's what they did in the cartoon series. There was a really good animated series about DOFP a few years ago. They eventually fought the A.I. that the Sentinels evolved into and won, only to find themselves back in the past and in an Earth that was now ruled by Apocalypse. Unfortunately the show wasn't renewed (and I've never read the comics) so we'll never know where it was going to go.
12:50PM on 04/11/2014

Question for those that read the comics...

I haven't read X-men: Apocalypse...but was wondering why Wolverine only have one hand in the picture above? Help?
I haven't read X-men: Apocalypse...but was wondering why Wolverine only have one hand in the picture above? Help?
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1:00PM on 04/11/2014
Here's a decent explanation. Just go down to Apocalypse. [link]
Here's a decent explanation. Just go down to Apocalypse. [link]
12:00PM on 04/11/2014
There definitely is some rewriting of the movie canon going on. Bill Duke played Bolivar Trask in X-Men: The Last Stand; wonder if his replacement with Peter Dinklage will be explained somehow.
There definitely is some rewriting of the movie canon going on. Bill Duke played Bolivar Trask in X-Men: The Last Stand; wonder if his replacement with Peter Dinklage will be explained somehow.
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11:59AM on 04/11/2014
All I know is, if done right this could be THE FILM of the X-Men films. I'm glad they're going to be using the younger cast for this and Hugh again for Wolverine.

If Days of Future Past is anything to go by, this film will be one of the biggest comic book films ever. I just hope Singer does Apocalypse justice since he is argurably the X-Men's biggest threat/villain. And I also hope we get to see Gambit and Cyclops return for this film as well. And maybe they will bring in Mr. Sinister too.
All I know is, if done right this could be THE FILM of the X-Men films. I'm glad they're going to be using the younger cast for this and Hugh again for Wolverine.

If Days of Future Past is anything to go by, this film will be one of the biggest comic book films ever. I just hope Singer does Apocalypse justice since he is argurably the X-Men's biggest threat/villain. And I also hope we get to see Gambit and Cyclops return for this film as well. And maybe they will bring in Mr. Sinister too.
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2:33PM on 04/11/2014
It almost sounds like you're calling Singer the biggest threat/villain to the X-Men. Awesome Freudian slip, maybe?
It almost sounds like you're calling Singer the biggest threat/villain to the X-Men. Awesome Freudian slip, maybe?
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