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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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