X-Men 1 & 2 director Bryan Singer made his full return to the X-Men franchise by calling the shots on the 2014 release, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film marked a triumphant return, earning more at the box office than any other film in the franchise to date and paving the way for an even bigger sequel next year: X-Men Apocalypse.
This is the film that is going to define the landscape of Fox's Marvel Universe, introducing viewers to new, younger versions of the mutants first seen in the original X-Men movie trilogy. As such, the pressure is on for Singer to deliver on all fronts, from action to drama to an iconic villain. Based on footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse may be on the right track.
Singer spoke with Yahoo! Movies about Apocalypse, specifically noting the scope of the film. Singer promises that the movie contains real, global stakes that, when coupled with new treatments of mutant powers, make for some epic action sequences.
“[You will see] some images and treatments of X-Men powers you’ve never seen before and some action and some pretty epic scope and some pretty major stakes. Like global stakes.”
X-Men: Apocalypse will feature new versions of established characters, characters first brought to the screen by Singer himself. Focusing on the characters earlier in their respective timelines allows the film to explore the foundation of those characters and their different motivations in the franchise.
"These are very different characters than they were in the films X-Men 1, 2, and 3. They are at times in their lives when they are at the most opposite of what they would become. That’s a thrill to me, to take characters I crafted so many years ago and flip them completely on their side and show how they evolved and began.”
However, the director knows who the real star of X-Men: Apocalypse is (hint: their name is in the title). Singer expands on what Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac) means to the film and how he affects the film's landscape.
“Apocalypse is a pretty cool character... X-Men is always centered around the fight between mutants and humans. This one is a bit different, it deals with the concept of ancient mutantism, gods and men. It deals with issues that are global. Apocalypse makes no distinction between humans and mutants, only between the weak and the strong. He as a character is what is so ultimately compelling.”
Apocalypse is an immortal mutant, born En Sabah Nur in ancient Egypt. A being of immense power, Apocalypse has traveled the world for thousands of years, convincing humans that he is a god and causing wars and chaos throughout history. One of his defining characteristics is that he recruits (or, rather, he manipulates) a team of mutants to serve as his personal guard, known as the Horsemen of Apocalypse.
It has been confirmed that the Horsemen will play a role in the upcoming film, with their identities revealed as Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). As such, the lines between friends and foe will blur and likely lead to the kind of epic scope that Singer promises for the next X-Men adventure.
Finally, Singer had a few words about the costumes in the X-Men franchise. When asked if we would ever see the traditional colored costumes from X-Men comic books in the films, he didn't deny the possibility.
"The X-Men are sort of a fighting team, so it was always an attempt at being realistic to have them in fighting uniforms, flight suits, things like that. In ‘X-Men: First Class,’ which I produced and wrote the story for, we hark back to the original colors of the original costumes from the 1963 comics. I will say that in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ there is a chance -without giving anything away- that you may get closer to seeing what... you are interested in seeing. I know it's something that I’ve been interested in, I just always wanted to do it the right way."
Regardless of whether or not the original uniforms make an appearance, the most important costuming detail has already been confirmed: Storm will rock a mohawk in the upcoming film.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.
Source: Yahoo! Movies