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

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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.


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 would really love them to just hit this franchise with a hard reset. Take it back to the start, give us the original team that we actually want to see, and go from there.

    • But…but…if they did that then we will never find out if Flock of Seagulls were really mutants during X-Men: Apocalypse.

      And I guess I have to agree with Singer…X-men are f**cked both mentally and physically at this point.

      I wonder when they will get around to introducing the X-babies * groan *

      • Maybe Devo were secretly in the Brotherhood of Mutants? With the power to whip it. Whip it good.

        • Maybe that was actually Whirlwind here to rock you like a hurricane.

    • YES! With hopefully better casting as well, other than Patrick Stweart and Ian McKellen, those I think were their only two good casting choices.

      • Bringing back APOCALYPSE and doing the Age of Apocalypse story arc would b e the best news out of MARVEL in ten years….

        Putting Cable in the movie or Holocaust, would be icing on the cake!
        Lets all hope the rumors are true!!!

      • Patrick Stewart is over rated and bland,

        • And also one of the best Shakespearean actors to ever come out of this country.

        • Your comment too…duh

    • We deserve better than the endless amount of reboots we have been getting. I don’t want to see another take on the origin story of any given character. I want them to build layers upon layers upon layers. fyi, layers = movies.

      Take it has deep at the long term story can go. Look at what Marvel is doing with the N phase approach. That is something we should be demanding. If you want to settle for reboots, fine, don’t ask me to drink that cool aid.

      • Layers mean nothing if the films aren’t good. The franchise as is is a mess and does the source material no justice. While I agree Hollywood’s reboot phase is tiring, but if Fox gets the right talent (e.g. directors, writers) I think a proper X-Men reboot could rival The Avengers.

        • LEMON GRAB!

    • True that Aramis!!! When I watch a Marvel film, I think, damn I can’t wait for the next one!! When I watch a good DC film, I think, damn I can’t wait for the next one(hurry up already!!). However, with every Fox X-men film I immediately think, damn when the hell are they gonna reboot this mess! I have never loved Singer’s take on the whole ensemble, and I am very skeptical of him being brought back into play here. Mathew Vaughn should have directed it.

    • You know, you might be right. And give Cyclops his due.

  2. So….

    Who’s going to be cast as Dazzler then?

    • My vote is you.

      • Ok, so lets try and get me some gender reassignment and hair transplant surgery and make me a hot blonde woman.

        • …don’t forget the disco ball necklace, platform shoes and great silver one piece…you will look freaking awesome!

          • I’m working on creating natural light that emanates from my rumplesnacker muscle. Difficult and lengthy process but dammit, that role will be mine!

              • Did you know that if you do a Google search for it, your reply is the only result?

                • Awesome, I created my second ever Googlewhack!

                  • ^This

                    Making people’s day up in here aren’t you?

                    • Oh my gosh, this little exchange was so funny I darned near passed a vanilla wafer out my nose!

                  • These comments went way off topic towards the end there. Cool.

                    • I’d watch that movie.

  3. Fox just needs to drop everything and make a godd*mn f*cking DEADPOOL movie! Title it: Deadpool Kills the X-Men Universe.

    • Do you really want the same people who brought you Halle Berry as Storm to bring you Deadpool?

      • Oh please, she’s not that bad.

        • If this was any other movie I would agree.


          “You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.”

          ….I got nothing here that I can salvage. :(

          • What does happen, then? I never heard her answer that in the movie because I was laughing too hard at how bad it was (in a whole movie of bad, that’s some feat).

            Is the answer “athlete’s foot”?

          • “You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.”

            Bah. That was a poorly written line, not any fault on Berry’s part. Hell, even one of the producers in the director’s commentary gave a better (if still cheesy) line.

            “You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? It croaks.”

            It’s kind of like in that terrible Catwoman movie when they made Berry act like she’s a literal cat cleaning herself with paws. How do you act WELL with material like that? She’s not a bad actress, she’s just given some real s*** to work with.

            • Did it not occur to her to turn down the role and stick to Monster Balls material?

              I agree through…these guys do not really understand the X-Men at all…they just think if they put characters on the screen who look like them and add special effects its good enough.

              Trying to make people understand there outcasts and the spirital angst they bring seems to have eluded them somewhere along the way.

              The X-Men theme wise could almost be as good a topic as 12 years a slave if done correctly.

              • Well considering it was created out of that movement, you’d think at least someone high up in that chain would’ve seen that in their research.

                I guess it’s the costumes. Put Samuel Northrup in a bright yellow suit and we’d have a completely different movie.

          • Joss Whedon claims to have written that line. I’m not kidding. I don’t remember where I read it though.

        • Oh yes she is… Terrible actress and the way they wrote her character was horribad…

  4. When they finally do recast Wolverine, I hope it’s in an Alpha Flight Movie!

  5. That movie better be 3 hours long to cram all of that stuff in there.

    • And then end on a cliffhanger with Part 2 out next year.

  6. I just hope Fox lets go of their rights so they can have mutants in the Avengers films.

    • We can only hope, Tiffany.

  7. Putting Apocalypse in the 80s sounds like a horrible idea to me.

    • Everything else that is off about this series aside, why would putting Apocalypse be an issue? He is immortal, so he would be alive in the 80’s without causing another massive continuity issue. And the character did debut in 1986 so, unlike some of the other time period uses of characters, this one is actually in line.

      • I can see an 80s Apocalypse looking like Clancy Brown in Highlander.

        There can be only one……film studio allowed to use mutants in their superhero movies.

        • Clancy Brown in his prime would be the perfect Apocalypse. I could see his Highlander costume working too. Bryan Singer would add black leather and glow sticks to his arms… Ear and lip piercings as well.

  8. No. Just…just no. Give us the god damn movie already Fox. You clearly want to show us everything you possibly can before it gets released. Who else is getting sick of this constant flow of random images?

  9. The more they talk about xmen:apocalypse.. The more i just wanna see that, forget DoFP.

  10. I know my remarks may sound a little crass, but personally I don’t care whether they re-write the whole series and make stryker the main villain while they stick a bonnet on Sabretooth. All that would be mute to me if Bryan Singer brings back En Sabah Nur.

    I just want to have the privilege of seeing the villain Apocalypse on screen for once in this era!!!

    Growing up, I was the biggest fan of the X-Men series. However I wasn’t a real fan of the Rogues and the Iceman’s and I sorta never liked how they went “Rogue” with the comics. (No pun intended) Because quite frankly I never read these stories for the super heroes, I read them for the villains!

    And I liked Wolverine because he was basically the anti-hero in the whole mutant vs human soap opera. And the day he almost got killed by the eternal villain Apocalypse was the best day of days.

    So yes, I’m not afraid to admit Apocalypse is my absolute favorite villain of all time in the whole Marvel Universe. One because he can’t die, two because he can’t die!


    Yes I would NOT care if the entire X-Men series got flat-lined with plot-hole craters if they would commit to doing the Age of Apocalypse movie on screen.
    I especially want to see if the rumors are true concerning Age of Apocalypse and his son Holocaust having a final brawl including X-Force, since I do have the entire AoA original minted issues still sealed in original sleeves…

    I just want to see Apocalypse on screen before its too late, where he’s smashing all the rest to pieces, and I’m not afraid to admit that’s my life’s guilty pleasure. BRING APOCALYPSE BACK NOW!!!! Go out with a bang. >:-D

    • Toc Toc

      Apocalypse: Who are?

      Toc Toc

      Apocalypse: Who are!

      Toc Toc

      Oh Black Volt…

  11. Ye-ah, baby! Bring on the 80’s, and please give us younger, more dynamically written versions of Storm and Cyclops. The circle will finally be complete. :)

  12. Seems promising. Really looking forward to watching DoFP.

  13. That means in early May 2016 we’ll get CA 3, then late May 2016 we’ll get X-men : Apocalypse.
    Bring it on BvS. Marvel is prepared for a Box office smack down!

  14. Sentence before the last sentence of this article is missing a “you”. It says: “We know how feel, Bryan Singer. We know how you feel.”

  15. Disco suited, shoulder padded, Beyonder!

    The twist, he’s Franklin Richards from the future.

  16. I’m just not sold on this Film. Days of the Future Past looks horrible compare to Captain American Winter Soldier. I will see Captain American but skip X-men. After the letdown of X-men 3, I just gave up on the series and on Singer(overrated director).

    • Have you seen First Class or The Wolverine?

    • Watch The Wolverine then come talk….

      We can discuss the pros and cons of X-Men once you watch this epic, smashing unpredictable movie in person which does the best justice to canon Wolverine.

    • The following are my opinions and reflect those of a small group of others as well:

      1. First Class was better than any of the original movies. While it does lack the action pieces of X2, it kept my attention the whole way. Story was good. Well cast. Well acted. Emma Frost was the weakest part of the movie. Jones seemed to phone it in most of the time.

      2. The Wolverine was better than any of the original movies. I know, Act 3 kind of gets weird and feels like the ending to a different movie and although I have watch it several times there are still a couple of things I scratch my head at. Train scene definitely requires a little suspension of belief, but I thought it worked out pretty well. Great cast. Great acting. I’m one of the few people who thinks Viper did fit in the movie.

      • I really like the Wolverine, although the shaky cam got a little annoying the only gripe I have with the film is the final act, which felt like soo cartoony compared to the rest of the film, heck that viper lady gave me flashbacks of Batman and Robin.

  17. 26 main characters?
    No, 27.
    You forgot Cyclops.
    In fact, put in Cyclops, and you don’t need the other 26.
    So just one main character.
    And that is all she wrote!

    • You must be a big fan of James Marsden.

    • Do you even lift, Bro?

      • I pick things up and put them down.

      • How do I roundhouse these nuts into your mouth?

  18. I have a unrelated criticism to add given all the recent backlash on holly wood movies.

    I think generally, people try to turn out good material but the spotlight life can be so jaded it also ruins films. See the many mistakes with The Phantom Menace or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    I feel that Jurassic Park 4 might suffer the same fate due to a campy story, so I’m just being brutally honest with my criticism.

    If Warner Brothers would like to produce the highest grossing film of all time since Pulp Fiction, they should clear the way for a movie adaptation of Grand Theft Auto.

    Never has there been a campy slash genuinely alluring story more deserving of the box office treatment!!

    The best part is, that since Need for Speed made waves doing a GTA movie justice would not require massive budgets or all the mistakes of the usual film-fare on account of the protagonists being mass murdering ex-convicts with no morals.

    All they’d need is Samuel L. Jackson and a great script to win an oscar. Boo-yah!

  19. Ok someone explain to me why is bishop laying down as if he was going to be sent into the past like wolverine!!!

  20. Every time I see a comment of how bad my favorite X-Men character, Cyclops, has been treated, I get a little smile and know I’m not the only one pissed about!

  21. Exciting words by Mr. Singer.
    Cant wait to see young Cyclops, Jean and Storm being introduced and trained as X-Men, and obviously fighting Apocalypse for the very first time, Can be pretty awesome, and easily the best stuff of the franchise to date

  22. Without prejudice to previous comments, I noticed that one of the pictures above shows the Beast hanging from a chandelier staring down at Wolverine(?) on the floor. Does this mean X3 has been ‘cancelled’? Are we assuming that it never happened? Because if I recall, X3 was the first time Hank McCoy met Logan- probably one of the funniest dialogues in the movie. So unless X3 has been thrown out the window or Hank suffered amnesia at the end of this movie, I fear we might have chronological issues. Completely disregarding X3 doesn’t sound right to me.

    • Well if your gonna bring that up, might as well point out that Xavier was walking perfectly fine at the beginning of X3 and at the end of Wolverine Origins, despite being crippled at the end of First class, also the first Xmen film mentions that Magneto helped build cerebro but in First class, Hank was the one who built it, they also showed a young teenage Emma Young as well as Quicksilver in Wolverine Origins ( Quicksilver was the dude trying to vibrate out of his straps/chains)

      • Srry I meant to put Emma Frost in that post.

    • I believe that this particular meeting is solid. Logan (‘s mind) is sent back by older Erik and Charles to get them to work together for a better future. In that process he obviously meets Hank and the other X-Men. I hope they make some fun of it. ‘Cause if he can remember most things, then he actually meets both, Hank, Erik, Charles and Mystique for the second time in :).

  23. Yes @BigBoss it seems inevitable that there’ll be contradictions. The lack of due diligence on past X movies by the writers seems to have put Singer in a situation. Problem is, for viewers familiar with all the movies, having to cancel out certain pevious plots in their minds while watching the new installment would be a drag. A bit like “Hey, didn’t he….? Not anymore I guess”. But I hope it’s a good movie in the end.

    • If X3 is undone, does that upset anyone? Nope, I don’t believe that falling tree will make any noise.

  24. Coming to think of it Hank wasn’t mates with the rest of the Xmen in X3. More of Xavier’s contemporary. First Class took us back to comic mythos with Hank as Cyclops’s and Jean’s peer. Confusing. The whole thing is muddled up. I would have advised them to disregard First Class altogether or just simply reboot. That would be bad business advice I guess. You need fans of both versions for a confirmed hit.

    I agree with you on Wolverine’s ending. Not sure Xavier was standing at the end though. But I am sure he was bald. Don’t know how that clip ties in with First Class chronologically.

  25. I’ve just never been convinced with the X franchise since after X2.

    DOFP is obviously a cash in trying to emulate Avenger’s crossover success. First Class just wasn’t a successful enough reboot to merit a standalone sequel which is why the previous X-Men cast memebe4rs are involved. Bit like what DC are doing with their Man Of Steel aka Justice League movie 2016.

    Personally the whole thing should be rebooted with Erica Durance cast as Rogue but that’s just my opinion.


    Obviously a lot of Chronology-bending is going on. This is my take so far:

    Wolverine: Origins is disregarded.

    Ages: Hank is about 21-24 in First class which takes place in 1962. Fast-Forward to Last Stand, he would be (2006) 65-68. To me he looked about 50-57 (Kelsey Grammer, born ’55 was 51 i 2006). So, not taking real years to litterally and also taking into account that he did inject himself with some of Mystique’s DNA (which makes her age slower) I say it’s a time-bent which is quite all-right. Time-bending must be accepted for Erik and Charles, who are older than Hank. Also it seems younger, time-bent X-Men will return in ‘Apocalypse’.

    Cerebro: It remains to be seen whether or not M and X build a version of Cerebro together, though images suggest that the ‘old’ X-Men facility is already built as Xavier blows off dust from the Cerebro helmet in the 70’s. That off course could be from construction of the room, but seems unlikely to me. (?)

    Wolverine: I hope they make some clever meetings, as he, if he has his memory more or less intact, meets both Erik, Charles, Hank and Mystique for the second time as he is sent back from the dark future. I’m let down by the fact that they didn’t – as far as we know – give him an outfit resembling the last one in The Wolverine. If that movie counts into DOFP, he could have had a similar suit created in order to remind him of his history and “real life and time” so that he won’t go completely crazy by the time-displacement. I think it would have been awesome.

    Cyclops: I hope they handle the Havoc/Cyclops deal well. It could be anything, really as it’s quite messed up. Will he then be Havoc’s younger brother if he is in fact introduces as a younger time-bent version in the 80’s? If he comes back at all, that is.

    That’s all..

  27. I think there could be other characters in this movie that aren’t shown in the trailer or on magazine covers like Rachel Summers.