With X-Men: Days of Future Past coming home via digital and blu-ray, Simon Kinberg, writer and producer of the film who is returning for X-Men: Apocalypse has been chatting with some press (in-between also working on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars live-action spin-off films. And Fantastic Four. He’s one busy geek). Kinberg, along with returning director Bryan Singer, are already hard at work on Apocalypse, due out on May 27, 2016 - just two years after Days premiered, a relatively quick turnaround for a major, team-focused superhero sequel.
X-Men: Apocalypse is “definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters,” Kinberg told Collider. “Which isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies, hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them.” Kinberg said this will specifically revolve around “the friendship between Erik and Charles” and “the relationship between Beast and Mystique,” something he said is “really interesting” but that they didn’t have time for in Days.
The further focus on Mystique will see how she is “the child of both Erik and Charles” metaphorically, exploring how they’ve each influenced her - at the end of Days, Mystique certainly pulled a sacrificial, heroic move, but then showed her continued distrust of normal humans, as well.
It sounds like the film’s script is very nearly done, as Kinberg readily teased “some very big set pieces” in Apocalypse, saying that “Fox has a lot of creative confidence in the team that made Days of Future Past - myself, Bryan, Lauren Schuler Donner, Hutch Parker. All of those people re coming back so in terms of a sandbox they’re definitely giving us a lot of room to play creatively and take chances.”