Although director Bryan Singer is currently deep into a promotional push for X-Men: Apocalypse, he's beginning to open more about the possibilities of what comes next for the X-Men movies... and it could be outer space. In an interview with Fandango, Singer talked about the now-established format for the X-Men movies to be set in different decades and how, with Apocalypse being in the 1980s, a prospective next film would be square into the 1990s.
“That was something Simon [Kinberg] and I discussed a long time ago, all the way back to when I first pitched the studio on First Class – that they do each movie in 10-year increments,” said Singer. "It’s a nice way for the audience to kind of keep track of the timeline, and it’s fun to play in these different eras. So that’s a good starting point.”
“But we’ve also introduced the tenants of time travel, which already exists in the comic book. Also I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored," Singer points out. "And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually. “
The X-Men have ventured out into space on numerous storylines, most notably of which was "the Dark Phoenix Saga." The Brood are also frequent outer space nemeses.
Singer was reticent, however, to say if he'd even return for another X-Men film since he's already committed to directing a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake next.
“Like Apocalypse – like some of the imagery and characters and stakes [in that movie] – it’s something we haven’t seen before,” Singer said. “If I’m going to be involved in a significant way, it has to be something different. Visually different and aesthetically different.”
“So the ‘90s is a good jumping off point, but as we established in Days of Future Past and now with the formation of the X-Men – some characters in Apocalypse move towards their destinies. The characters who we knew from X-Men 1, 2 and 3. Meanwhile, some characters move in opposite directions. So it’s somewhat limitless.”
Singer also commented on potential crossovers between the various mutant movies at 20th Century Fox, saying it is not a question of 'if?' but 'when?'
“Once it’s ready in the right way, you can bring in other franchises or characters that are established, if you can do them separately," said the director. "The way Deadpool was very successful at it; hopefully Gambit will be as successful. Then you bring them all together, somewhat in the way Marvel does, but in our own way.”
Singer warns, however, that doing it wrong could be disastrous.
"But it has to be done right. Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterf*ck. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.”
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27.