The X-Men have taken on the 1960s in X-Men: First Class, the 1970s in Days of Future Past and the 1980s in Apocalypse. So what’s next? The 1990s of course. Producer Simon Kinberg plainly said, “The next one is set in the 90s,” claims Coming Soon. There couldn’t be a more perfect decade for mutants, really.
The whole notion kind of brings us full circle given that the first film in the franchise, X-Men, was released in 2000. Additionally, 20th Century Fox gained the rights to said franchise from Marvel in 1993, a deal riddled with regret. Lord knows the fans are still reeling from this deal, but there really isn’t much we can do about it at this point.
So other than copious amounts of flannel, Docs and angst-ridden intellect over cigarettes and coffee, what can we expect from the next installment? No freaking idea, yet, as not much information is being released before its predecessor has even hit US theaters. However, as The Nerdist reports, Tye Sheridan (Scott Summers/Cyclops) has signed on for two more films after Apocalypse so at least we know he’s likely to show up. There has also been discussion about the next plotline involving the Dark Phoenix saga with Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).
The bigger question is if the faces we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few years like Jennifer Lawrence (Raven Darkholme/Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr/Magneto) and James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X) will reprise. Again very little information though there have been reports that all three are up for returning. In a recent interview with French site Linternaute.com, McAvoy not only stated his own interest in continuing, should the studio request it, but also debunked rumors that Lawrence was not.
We’ll just have to wait and see then. Meanwhile you can catch X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters May 27 in both the US and the UK.
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