‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is an 80s Period Piece; New ‘Days of Future Past’ Images

Published 7 months ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 5:44 pm,

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In a recent interview, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer said that the movie has 26 main characters, and it’s a statement that’s pretty easy to believe looking at the cast list. The 1970s characters share screen time with 21st century heroes and there are a number of new characters being introduced – both into the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

Add to that a time travel/alternate timeline plot that is designed to rectify the continuity errors within the franchise, and X-Men: Days of Future Past is left with a lot to accomplish. This could either be the best entry in the series so far, or the messiest.

With just two months left to go before X-Men: Days of Future Past helps to kick off the summer box office, the latest issue of Total Film has a 10-page feature on the movie complete with seven new images and two covers showing the young and old versions of Magneto and Professor Xavier, side-by-side.

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At this point it’s difficult to glean anything new about the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past from these images (the still of Bolivar Trask and William Stryker is almost exactly the same as another image that was released, just taken from a slightly different angle). At this point we have a fairly comprehensive gallery of mutants standing around looking slightly unhappy, but it remains to be seen how they will all fit into the story.

One X-Men project that still remains largely a mystery is X-Men: Apocalypse. Set for release in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, rather than a spin-off movie, and Singer has said that the events of Days of Future Past will bring about Apocalypse (that’s a little ominous).

Singer elaborated a little on the plot and setting of X-Men: Apocalypse in his interview with TF:

“We’re going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that! Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle. We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back.”

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X-Men: First Class featured both younger versions of the characters seen in the first three X-Men movies and new characters who had never been seen on the screen before. According to Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse will once again introduce younger versions of characters who haven’t yet appeared in the prequel storyline (like Cyclops, for example).

“I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f**k sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!”

We know how you feel, Bryan Singer. We know how you feel.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is out in theaters on May 23, 2014. X-Men: Apocalypse will release in theaters on May 27th, 2016.

Source: Total Film (via CBM)

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  1. i hope Apocalypse looks like the robot in Rocky 4

    • “Happy Birthday Paulie”

  2. This is an exciting time to witness Apocalypse finally coming to the silver screen.

    I remember when Bryan Singer was trying to get started on his X-men franchise.

    I would love for them to go the direction of the Age of Apocalypse storyline. The graphics would be amazing, the story would be amazing and our CGI is at that point where they can do that kind of stuff.

    I would love for them to stay true to the story lines and look and feel of the characters. I mean you crack open any comic that Stan Lee and team worked for decades and you see amazing story and visual representation.

    I picture Lawerance Fishburne as a good candidate for the role. Maybe a mixture of CG and sensor-suit technology.

    I would love to do the graphics for this character if Bad Hat Harry productions was hiring… :) Se la vi

    • Laurence Fishburne in CGI models would make an AWESOME Apocalypse…..

      Just think of the graphics.