Bryan Singer Talks About What’s in Store for Mutant-cy in X-Men: Apocalypse


Patrick Stewart and Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men Days of Future Past (2014) Movie Image

In case you missed the announcement, even before Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens this summer, Fox has already begun work on a sequel, to be called “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Of course, just because the studio puts something in “development” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll come to fruition — though in this case, and given the buzz for “DOFP,” it’s probably a pretty good bet.

As for Singer, apparently he hasn’t even officially signed on to direct the sequel yet, though he’s already hard at work on the storyline. Which is weird, but maybe he’s just hedging his bet in case he finds something else better to occupy his time.

Speaking with EW, Singer updated the work on “Apocalypse” and its potential plot:

I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it… It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.

As for whether the final few minutes/seconds of “DOFP” will tease fans to the coming “Apocalypse,” aka that thing Marvel does for all their movies, Singer said this:

I’m still deciding that. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.

Don’t believe him. Of course we’ll get a tease at the end of “DOFP.” That’s not only expected these days, it’s a must, an easy, sure-fire way to get the right audience — in this case, the “right” audience being the one already paying to see the movie in theaters — jazzed for what’s coming up next.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens this May 23rd, followed by “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.

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  • Juggernaut

    Singer returning as director isnt a make or break with me, personally I think that a different director would be a breathe of fresh air, but one thing is for sure, I really hope that we get a teaser for XM:Apocalypse as a post credits teaser with DOFP.
    There are so many possibilities for an Apocalypse film.
    Delving into the history of mutantkind as Singer said above could mean cameos or metion of the immortal mutant group The Externals (Gideon, Selene, Candra, Absolom, Krule, Saul, Burke and Nicodemeus) who were featured predominantly in X-Force comics during the 90’s. An X-Force film is in post production so maybe Cable and company will be connected through them. It’s a long shot but ya never know!

    I’d also really like to see mutants in victorian era England with Nathaniel Essex aka Sinister. After all Sinister is a must in an Apocalypse story. The history of Essex gaining his powers through Apocalypse was a constant in the comics that I hope carries over to the FOX films.
    Would love to see the time travel and alternate realities open up a chance to bring back James Marsden and Famke Jansen as Scott and Jean. I always love the cat and mouse between Sinister and the Summers clan.
    They could also incorporate some of the core mebers of the Hellfire Club from the comics that were left out of the X-Men: First Class line-up too like Donald Pierce or Harry Leland. They could say that the Hellfire Club and it’s stance on mutant supremacy has been around much longer thatn originally thought.
    So many possibilities!!!

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      You really want to bring back James Marsdan? If ever a role cried nay begged out for a reboot this was it.

      • Juggernaut

        I disagree. I think that aesthetically he fit the role of Cyclops. His acting was never a problem either. It was Singer’s material and version of him. If they did a truer version of Cyclops with Marsden delivering it he would be fine. .

        • Dedpool

          He was a boring Cyclops. Yes I know that it was the writing but otehrwise he didn’t do it for me. Bringing him back now would be okay since he’s gotten better at acting and more mature looking as well. I want them to treat Cyclops the way Cap is being treated, give him a personality other than stiff leader.

          • Juggernaut

            Absolutely. He has a lot of potential as a character. He has been gaining a lot of popularity especially in the past few years. Having him come back, even for a cameo in an AoA type alternate reality scene within the X-Men: Apocalypse film, would be great. Have him sporting the one eyed, long haired, scruffy look would be cool to see. They could have given Cyclops and Wolverine such an arc but never did. It’s a shame.

          • Dedpool

            Porbably just never knew how to write him. ALways wanted to focus on him and Jean and I actually really hate that. I think in the comics the Scott/Emma relationship is much better. He loves her but he’s not pining over he, she’d hate that. Ah well. Hopefully after Apocalypse we’ll get a reboot or something, or at the very least another good cartoon like Wolverine and the X-men.