Screen Rant's Ryan George reveals what (probably) happened in the pitch meeting for the prequel-reboot-sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse was the third entry in 20th Century Fox's new line of X-Men movies set in the past, following X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In this superhero movie it's lucky Oscar Isaac who gets to don the prosthetics and blue face paint to play Apocalypse, an Ancient Egyptian mutant who can transfer his consciousness from one mutant body to the next, picking up new powers along the way. After thousands of years buried deep underground, Apocalypse is woken up in 1983, takes one look at what humanity has become, and (understandably) decides to destroy the world and start all over again.
In order to achieve this goal, Apocalypse recruits the help of Four Horsemen: Angel, Psylocke, Storm, and our old friend Magneto, who is all too ready to return to his old murdering ways after the family he started in between movies is quickly killed off for motivational purposes. It's once again up to Professor Charles Xavier and his latest mutant child soldier recruits (but not Jubilee - she doesn't make the team) to do battle for the future of humans and mutants alike. Check out the pitch meeting for X-Men: Apocalypse below.
After the well-received X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past seemed to be getting the franchise back on track, X-Men: Apocalypse turned out to be a bit of a misfire, failing to impress either critics or fans. Although it turned a profit at the box office, it grossed around $200 million less than Days of Future Past, which held the franchise's box office top spot until Deadpool 2 rudely came along and stole it last year.
The next movie in the series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will once again jump forward a decade to the early 1990s, which makes the fact that no characters have been recast since the '60s-set First Class somewhat confusing (Hank McCoy is apparently an extremely youthful 50-something). Dark Phoenix will also pick up where Apocalypse left off by exploring Jean Grey's devastating Phoenix powers, which she used to incinerate the ancient god-like mutant, and will now seemingly be unleashing upon humanity itself. We may be in trouble.
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020