When you have a cover story on your marquee entertainment magazine, it turns out, that subject will give you a lot of new information!
Such is the case with this week’s cover feature of Entertainment Weekly, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The website has been getting in on the action all week, teasing new elements from that movie, as well as from the future of the franchise. Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg are already looking ahead to X-Men: Apocalypse, the May 27, 2016 release, even though we’re still about six weeks out from the next movie’s premiere.
For fans that hear “Apocalypse,” most go right to the storyline “Age of Apocalypse” from 1995-1996, a story that had the past altered, resulting in a dystopian present where Apocalypse controlled the world, some heroes were villains, like Cyclops, one of his top officers, and some villains were heroes, like Magneto, who was the leader of the X-Men in that timeline after Xavier’s tragic and young death. Well, Singer says the movie will be at least “somewhat based” on the comic book storyline.
”It won’t necessarily create an alternate universe,” Singer says, “but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with.” Kinberg adds that the movie will have “disaster movie imagery.”
But don’t expect an end-credits scene during Days of Future Past that directly dovetails into 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?”
He is, of course, talking about the titular mutant, Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur, commonly considered “The First One” - the absolute first mutant human. In the comics, the character was born about 3000 BC in Akkaba and went from slave to king. His Darwinian motto of “Survival of the Fittest” throughout his five-millennium life has seen him waiting for other mutants like him to rise so that they can take their rightful place at the top of the proverbial food chain. A massive mutant battle in the middle of the nation’s capital could sure symbolize that time had come to the despot.
Of course, James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, Magneto as played by Michael Fassbender, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast are all already signed into contracts that include the film, but Singer is also looking to bring in younger versions of characters that may have already appeared in the movies from the later timeline, specifically name-dropping Gambit and Nightcrawler.
The other hope for Days of Future Past, of course, is to launch a full mega-franchise for Fox, with spin-offs and solo movies for more characters than just Wolverine. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner even named names, and yes, Gambit came up again. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see,” the producer behind all of the X-Men movies so far said. She also mentioned that Mystique would work for a solo film - a thought no doubt influenced by actress Jennifer Lawrence’s award-winning and undeniably golden Q-rating. They did not bring up X-Force, a spin-off that has already tapped writer Jeff Wadlow for the script.
Finally, the magazine’s website showed off a shot of Quicksilver, as played by Evan Peters, running in his super speed on the side of a wall. They also revealed, thanks to Kinberg, that “the bulk of Quicksilver’s presence in this film” is a prison break scene where Wolverine and Xavier go to get Magneto. However, don’t expect a big Father-Son reunion scene.
”Quicksilver is Magneto’s son in the comics and there may be an allusion to it in the movie, but it’s not something we fully explore yet,” Kinberg reveals.