While those following the progress of the superhero film genre are poised to look at 2016 as the year of Batman Vs. Superman (or whatever it’s going to be called), as well as Captain America 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3, another massive superhero sequel is quietly building up steam to a 2016 release—X-Men Apocalypse, the direct sequel to X-Men: First Class and the upcoming time-bending X-Men: Days of Future Past. And now we have some more information on the 2016 film.
Director Bryan Singer has revealed that X-Men Apocalypse will be taking place in the 1980s, following the 1970s-set X-Men: Days of Future Past:
We’re going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that! ‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle…I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-fuck, sometimes, in terms of where things fall in the timeline!
Further, the director said to expect more films in the X-Men franchise:
Yeah, there actually are [more stories I want to tell]. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for a May 23, 2014 release date. X-Men Apocalypse is set to hit theaters in 2016.
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