X-Men: Apocalypse is just around the corner for eager U.S. audiences (having been in U.K. cinemas since last week), with an ensemble that's worthy to rival the likes of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. With a huge cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, going on former franchise hits X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past implies that Apocalypse will be just as huge, if not bigger.
Bryan Singer's latest sci-fi superhero flick introduces a number of new faces to the mix (or, at least, recasts and re-imagines some known characters), such as a young Jean Grey (played by Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner), Tye Sheridan's Cyclops, Kodie Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler, and Alexandra Shipp's Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm, all of whom play vital roles in the new movie.
Storm is quite possibly one of the more interesting fresh faces to grace the new X-Men films - a character that displays a vulnerable, impressionable sensibility that has many ups and downs along her path to becoming one of the actual X-Men, as we previously saw Halle Berry portray. IGN reports that Shipp is keen to appear in X-Men: New Mutants, the spinoff and touted next X-Men franchise, even if it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of deal.
“I can't say very much about New Mutants, but it would be awesome to do a little cameo, a little Where's Waldo?, Where's Ororo? in the background.”
So even if her part isn't of any real significance, Shipp appears happy to just be a part of the production. But this stems from her love for the character more than anything else, as she seems genuinely invested in Storm's cinematic future.
“I love Storm as a character. I'd love to reprise her in many different movies and be able to show people different sides of her because she is so multidimensional and I think that the people who love Storm at least as much as I do, really want to see that. We want to see Storm killin' it and kickin' ass. That's the best thing about her, how amazing and powerful she is.”
While the actor's enthusiasm is clear to see, it's by no means a guarantee that her wish will come true. We've had New Mutants confirmed in so much as it was announced about a year ago. Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) will direct the spinoff that centers on younger versions of largely unfamiliar mutants and their colourful pasts, while also including Professor X for a bit of familiarity. So with no named X-Men instalment lined up for Singer, we could see this materialize quicker than expected.
So far, practically nothing cast or crew-wise has been confirmed - aside from Boone to helm, and a handful of writers including Kante and Knate Gwaltney, the rest is speculative. However, with that in mind there's plenty of ideas floating around and a host of actors we think would make great additions to the cast, with Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane one particular name whetting our appetites. No doubt when audiences see Apocalypse they'll realise what a layered and ambiguous character Storm is, and a positive audience response could make Fox amenable to the idea of bringing her back sooner rather than later.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.