Bryan Singer on the X-Men Universe, Timelines, and Bringing Cyclops and Jean Grey Back


Bryan SingerBryan Singer is currently out and about promoting his upcoming fantasy “Jack the Giant Slayer”, but of course all anyone wants to talk about is “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, the “X-Men” sequel/prequel sequel that he’s directing this year for a 2014 release.

The big question on most people’s minds, even comic book fans, I’d imagine, is how will Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” film line up with the “X-Men” trilogy that Singer was a very important part of for two films, and was completed with 2006’s “The Last Stand” (directed by Brett Ratner, who took over for Singer after he jumped ship to direct Warner’s “Superman Returns”).

In an interview with IGN, Singer didn’t seem especially interested in dissing Ratner’s “Last Stand” (and in fact says that the two are friends). Then when asked about any desires he may have about bringing Cyclops and Jean Grey back from the the dead (the two characters having died in “Last Stand”), he gave this curious answer:

Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? That’s all I can say.

And then there’s this about the film’s different settings and timelines:

The majority of it…or that part of it, takes place in the early 70’s, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven’t seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there’s some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven’t had quite yet. So we’re exploring that, which will be fun. And there’s an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you’ve ever seen, emotionally, and it’s about them moving through that.

Sounds like with the film’s time traveling angle, possibilities of different timelines, and all that sci-fi whatchamacallits, things might get a bit messy. I suspect that at the end of the day, Fox’s “X-Men” franchises (the original trilogy, the prequels, and the Wolverine films) will have to rely on the go-to “different timelines” explanation for why they don’t seem to, well, jive with one another.

I could be wrong, of course, and they might all fit into one neat little universe like Marvel’s films. Doubtful, but I guess anything’s possible.

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  • Dedpool

    This can go very right or very very wrong! I’m keeping fingers crossed.

  • M@rvel

    I honestly don’t think Bryan Singer is a good director and I do not have faith in him to make this a great film. The first X-Men films were okay, but they could’ve been better. Superman Returns was absolutely horrible, there wasn’t a single scene in that film that I enjoyed, and the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer looks like trash. Why does Fox keep going back to him? There’s gotta be better talent in Hollywood to helm this project.

  • Concerned Fan

    I 100% agree. The 1st film was better than the rest, simply because it was one of the 1st type superhero based films for that time. The last two was just stupid and could have been so so much better. One of my biggest complaints was the fact that Cyclops spoke with an American accent in the films. It seems that all the movies Singer makes are way too to commmercial. I need something gritty like a mix of Bourne Supremacy and an actual X-MEN comic book script to follow. Not the kind of script that Singer makes up up along the way to production. The story is already wrritten people. Just shoot the damn movie already.

    • Concerned Fan

      Sorry I meant Colossus not Cyclops to the post above

      • Alsoknownasnate

        it’s okay, apparently no one comments in this site enough to catch your mistake

        • X_p

          i caught it! but thats not the only mistake there. the second one is saying xmen 2 was bad when clearly it was the best of the bunch and the best for a minute until avengers came out.

        • Nix

          Or people aren’t dicks enough to jump on some guy because he mixed up two characters then corrected himself. Either/or.

  • X_p

    i personally dont care about making one whole unviverse all the time. marvel was only able to do so after watching everyone else make their movies and those movies were still top quality without the 5 second easter eggs scenes that fanboys go crazy over. if you really stop and think about those scenes are really not even that important or special unless youre gonna have a huge payoff like avengers. just like in the comic books. it doesnt really matter what time of day it is, its only important to know that batman comes out at night and spiderman during the day and all is good.