Ever since X-Men: Apocalypse was announced last year, many have wondered where it will fit in the X-Men movie timeline? During a recent interview with Empire, director Bryan Singer addressed the issue, placing the movie as a direct sequel of the upcoming Days of Future Past and in line with the First Class storyline.
He said, “[It’s] more of a First Class sequel . . . it’ll take place sometime after [Days of Future Past]. What happens in this movie brings about what’ll happen in [Apocalypse].”
From a financial perspective, the decision to base the movie on the 2011 entry makes sense, since that movie was so successful and its stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, are such reliable box office draws. No studio would want to give them up without a fight. Of course, Wolverine could make an appearance, but it doesn’t look like any of the original cast will appear in the 2016 film.
Singer also dispelled rumors that we’d get a glimpse of Apocalypse in the end credits of Days of Future Past, and that the villain would be an alien that takes possession of Magneto. He said, “That’s not that case, nor will that particular thing be in the film. People were concerned we were making Apocalypse an alien. It’s odd. I don’t know where that came from.”
Concerning the storyline, the director expressed curiosity about how prehistoric civilizations would react to encountering a mutant. “One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants. What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?” he mused.
Writer Simon Kinberg added, “Age of Apocalypse was one of my favorite stories. We like the stakes of it, and it feels like a story that could impact a lot of our favorite characters in big, dramatic ways. We feel it’s a very different story from Days of Future Past. For starters, it’s a very different villain, and the characters will be in very different places emotionally.”
X-Men Apocalypse is set to premiere May 27, 2016.