Those fans who have been patiently awaiting the May 2016 release of writer-director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse no doubt have their own impressions by now, based on the latest feature length trailer and various images from the production. By now, it’s well known that the latest film in the franchise is primed to be the biggest film in the series so far, with co-writer Simon Kinberg stating that viewers can expect “an extinction-level threat to the world,” to mirror the kind of mass destruction implied by the feature’s subtitle.

As if that weren’t enough incentive to get fans into the theater to go and see the film upon its mid-year release, Singer has just come forward to add his own opinion regarding two key sources of inspiration when it came to telling a much darker and bolder X-Men story than has ever been seen before on the big screen.

During a conversation with Yahoo! Movies, Singer was abuzz with excitement regarding the new film, and stated that as a fan of the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, he took a lot of inspiration in regards to crafting his new film’s narrative from author George R.R. Martin’s medieval drama. After admitting that he is a “huge fan,” of the series in question, Singer went on to expound upon what aspects of the popular TV show he finds particularly compelling and akin to the X-Men movie universe, stating:

There’s a crossover between X-Men and Game Of Thrones, they’re both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show’s about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don’t even know if that’s the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don’t! Everyone in King’s Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power.

See the latest image from the set, showing Professor X (James McAvoy) sans hair, below.

X Men Apocalypse1 X Men: Apocalypse Set Image; Bryan Singer Compares Story To Game of Thrones

The lust for power should certainly play into the emotions already made apparent in the direction that characters such as Magneto (Michael Fassbender) have taken in past films, and will undoubtedly factor into Oscar Isaac’s portrayal of the eponymous villain. There is now little reason to doubt that Singer and Kinberg indeed have big plans for their new film, and if any aspect of the thematic content featured on a show as impressive as Game of Thrones comes into play, then X-Men: Apocalypse should be a fitting conclusion to the two films that preceded it.  

Following the release of Deadpool next month, viewers can expect a final showdown between Charles Xavier’s gifted youngsters and a whole new threat within the X-Men universe sure to set up events yet to come for an entirely new mutant generation. If Singer and Kinberg play their cards just right, then X-Men: Apocalypse should serve to leave the franchise in good shape for already announced slate of films still to come.

Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.

Source: Yahoo! Movies  

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