Dark Phoenix may be ending the story begun in X-Men: First Class, but the team this time looks a little different. The class of 1983 from X-Men: Apocalypse are now the core of Xavier's superheroes, with Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) all leading the charge (along with the likes of Nightcrawler and soon-to-be-phoenix Jean Grey).
Screen Rant recently caught up with the actors to discuss how it is jumping ten years into the future and where they wish they could take their characters next.
This is your second or third X-Men movie. How has the process of making these changed as it's gone on and as your characters have become part of the core team.
Tye Sheridan: All around, I think the experience, at least from my perspective working on this film in comparison to that on the previous one, Apocalypse, was much more engaged. Everybody was more engaged. And I think it was a very focused movie. I think everybody was just much more brought in.
Evan Peters: Simon was at the head of this one, so it was great working with him as a director. He's also the writer so I can come to him with a lot of questions and he has a lot of input and knows the story through and through.
TS: It's really hard to work with a writer-director. I mean, typically you do it on a smaller film, but I think it's nice, especially a film like this to have a singular vision. It makes it all very direct.
Alexandra Shipp: Every director is different. It was fun coming to the X-Men franchise with a darker kind of look and viewpoint. It's way more gritty and raw and I loved the idea of seeing these characters more broken down, not so comic book but definitely human you know. It was cool. Mutant human? Mutmen?
Mutmen! One thing I like about this particular series movies is how we jump through the decades and we get to see the 60s, 70s, 80s, and now 90s. One weird quirk of it obviously means your characters are 10 years older than when we last saw them, and it's 20 years since Quicksilver was first introduced. Do you guys work that into your performance? How do you factor in that these characters have changed so much and yet you guys obviously don't look...
AS: Yeah, stay out of the sun. It's mutant melanin. Some mutant melanin. The blue ones are always gonna look twelve because, I mean, blue is just a young color. It's true.
Oh, you guys don't have to do any makeup, or at least not as extensive...
AS: Er, I'm a girl. They spray me down, honey. Just because it's brown doesn't mean it's not still airbrushed on like that, it's crazy. Especially with Apocalypse, that was like a lot of hair and a lot of pieces. And I was shaving my head every day so hair and makeup for me was like three hours.
Wow, okay. Must be down on this one?
AS: It was less on this because I wasn't shaving my head every day. That was nice.
All three of your characters have such a rich comic book history and are now so well defined in film as well. Is there something from the comic books that you would like to explore with these characters that you haven't you didn't get to do in the two movies you've done [to Evan Peters] or three.
EP: I'd like to talk to Dad a little bit. Tell him that I'm his son, maybe fight crime. I don't know, I think that could be fun.
AS: I'd like to see Storm have a love interest. You see the love that she has for her family members but it'd be nice for her to get some, you know?
TS: I don't know if I can top that.
EP: You're not gonna top that.
TS: Yeah, I don't know. I really like what I got to explore in that character in this film. I mean, I think losing the person you love is quite a...
EP: It is a great story.
TS: It is really sad.
One of Cyclop's best stories for sure. [to Evan Peters] You mentioned the Magneto father stuff, which doesn't really get explored here. Would you say that what happens in Apocalypse and that "my family is what matters" is the end of that exploration for Quicksilver?
EP: I hope it's not the end of it. It didn't really... I don't know, it didn't really...
AS: Could be more.
EP: Yeah, could be more. There could be a little more exploration.
AS: I'd like to see his reaction.