Despite mixed reviews from critics, X-Men: Apocalypse seems to be going over pretty well with die-hard fans, and is likely to become yet another financial success for Fox's X-Men franchise. Apocalypse also represents the fourth entry in the X-Men film universe to be directed by Bryan Singer, the filmmaker moviegoers tend to most closely associate with Professor X and his heroic team of mutants. When Singer returned to Fox's Marvel division via 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past fans jumped for joy, and most would argue that things for Wolverine and company would have been better off had he never left to go make Superman Returns.
Unfortunately, it looks like Singer might be getting a little wary of spending so much time in the X-Men world, and would perhaps like to take a break from the franchise for awhile. The director dropped this bombshell during a recent interview, responding to a question about his future with the X-Men series.
Singer told The Los Angeles Times:
"I recently met Danny Boyle -- he and I have known of each other for many years but never met. He was prepping "Steve Jobs" at the time and I was doing this and he said, “Are you going to be doing 'X-Men' movies forever?” And I didn’t actually say no.
"The reality is, even though I’m very desperate to jump to something completely different, I’ve spent so many years in this universe and I love this cast and the characters so much, I just don't see myself abandoning them forever. Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different."
While fans should take heart in the fact that Singer says he won't abandon the X-Men forever, many mutant devotees are likely to react to the above statement with nothing but fear and dread. After all, the last time Singer departed the X-Men world, the result was the still highly divisive sequel X-Men: The Last Stand.
While The Last Stand ultimately proved to be a financial success for Fox despite the criticisms of its rushed depiction of the famous "Dark Phoenix" saga, the studio then followed things with X-Men Origins:Wolverine, another Marvel mutant film with a reputation such that large parts of Days of Future Past and Deadpool's solo movie were devoted to rectifying certain decisions made in those two films.
With Singer seemingly ready to let someone else step into the director's chair, visions of Cyclops' off-screen death in The Last Stand may soon be dancing in the heads of franchise fans. Here's hoping Fox is able to find a replacement for Singer who will please fans and make the next step in the X-Men franchise one to remember.
X-Men: Apocalypse is now playing in theaters. Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.