X-Men is no small franchise, and Simon Kinberg, the writer of the previous and upcoming installment, isn’t one to take that pressure lightly. In an interview with Collider, he gives us a taste on what to expect in X-Men: Apocalypse, the third and final installment in the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class.
“I think that the friendship between Erik and Charles, which has always been so integral to the franchise, is something we’re continuing to explore and hopefully deepen with Apocalypse.”
With the convoluted tale they were set to tell in X-Men:Days Of Future Past, the series could have easily lost focus, but Kinberg was careful to keep the character relationship at the forefront. It looks like he hopes to continue that trend with X-Men:Apocalypse. However, despite how important Xavier and Magneto are to the story, Mystique’s importance has gained significant traction since First Class, and Kinberg looks to be delving even deeper into that territory in X-Men:Apocalypse.
“Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too.”
To top it off, if you think they’d forgotten about the whole Mystique and Beast love angle they started in X-Men:First Class and ignored in Days of Future Past, you are sorely mistaken. According to Kinberg, that is another part of the story that will be addressed in Apocalypse.
All of that is well and nice, but it is also expected as those are all elements we’ve seen in the past movies. What surprise aspects can we expect in X-Men: Apocalypse? At the very least we shouldn’t expect them to rest on the success of previous X-Men films.
[Fox is] definitely giving us a lot of room to play creatively and take chances the way that we took some chances on Days of Future Past, and do some radical things just as I think we did some radical things in Days of Future Past.”
With all that said, we can likely expect some big surprises in X-Men: Apocalypse. Let’s hope Fox will continue the streak of successes for the franchise and not repeat mistakes of the past.
Do you believe X-Men: Apocalypse will continue that success, or is the film series, once again, biting off more than it can chew and following too many characters? Let us know below!