Director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past achieved new critical/commercial heights of success for the X-Men franchise. Furthermore, it pave the way for X-Men: Apocalypse - another Singer-helmed mutant adventure that will be "bigger" in scope than any other X-Men movie that has come before it - to reach theaters in time for the Summer 2016 moviegoing season.
One of the reasons why X-Men remains a strong brand in Hollywood (despite a few sub-par outings) is that it's willing to change up the formula and genre every now and then to keep things interesting. X-Men: First Class was a 1960s throwback with a new cast of actors and characters, while The Wolverine was a redemption tale set in Japan, and Days of Future Past was a time-travel adventure/historical thriller. Now that X-Men: Apocalypse is on the way, one of its stars recently talked about how the new movie will likewise differ from its predecessors.
In an interview with IGN, Nicholas Hoult talked about the scale of the new X-Men movie. It's likely going to be bigger than Days of Future Past, while introducing younger versions of characters we already know and love. According to Hoult:
“First Class was the first time we went back in time with the younger cast. Days of Future Past dealt with time displacement and all that sort of thing, and blended casts. And this one I think is just going to be pretty huge in many ways. It’s set in the ‘80s. Introducing younger versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey and Storm and those characters so you get a bit of a back story to those guys. And then Apocalypse – Oscar Isaac – turns up and is a basdass and it all goes quite extreme.”
Considering that the character's name is Apocalypse, there's a good chance that the "extreme" stakes Hoult is talking about could be the death of a few of the characters in the X-Men film series (such as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique?). It's also going to be interesting to see how Oscar Isaac will do as the evil mutant, especially since he looks completely unrecognizable as "The First One."
Hoult had more words about working with Isaac and how Apocalypse will translate on the big screen. He continued:
“To be honest with you, the times we were acting in the same scene were often quite distant. So I could sense the presence of him – and he’s certainly got a lot of presence, in life – he’s a really fun guy to be around. And that character’s a tricky one to play, you know, essentially a mutant from an era long ago, awoken in this modern day, very confused about what’s been going on around him and decides to do something about it. He certainly brings an intensity to it, in a great way.”
After a few low points in the late 2000s with The Last Stand and X-Men Origins, the X-Men film franchise is now at the top of its game; there's little reason to think that will change with Apocalypse. After all, it has a good cast with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicolas Hoult, along with new additions Oscar Issac, Sophie Turner, and Olivia Munn. Bryan Singer is back in the director's chair, so it should be a good way to end the new reboot trilogy.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.