Following in the footsteps of two of its predecessors, 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in a decade that’s long past. X-Men: First Class brought the ’60s to life, at least half of this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will take place in the ’70s, and Bryan Singer recently confirmed that the currently in pre-production sequel will take place in the 1980s. Yep, the mutants will slip into Members Only jackets and use their powers to solve Rubik’s Cubes – that is, if there’s anything left of America following the possibly time-stream shattering events of Days of Future Past. The subtitle Apocalypse doesn’t make this version of the 1980s sound all that pleasant.
Still, longtime fans of the X-Men should welcome this setting with open arms, since it means that the film will be set during the decade that saw the X-Men claw their way to the top of the charts. Under Chris Claremont’s guidance and flanked by some of the best artists to ever put pencil to paper (John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith, John Romita Jr. Marc Silvestri, and Jim Lee just to name a few), the X-Men hit epic heights that few comic book properties ever hit. If any ’80s ideas are going to make their way to the big screen, we really hope its one – or all – of these.
Return of the Queen
Emma Frost made her comic book debut at the dawn of the ’80s and then spent the rest of the decade as one of the X-Men’s most competent and deadly adversaries. You didn’t really get that vibe from January Jones’ deadpan portrayal in X-Men: First Class, did you? Emma Frost is absent from Days of Future Past, but there’s no reason why she can’t show up again in Apocalypse as an older and deadlier version of her previous self. If you’ve seen even one episode of Netflix’s House of Cards, then you know this is a role tailor-made for ice queen Robin Wright.
Following an act of heroism that led the world to believe they were dead, the X-Men set up shop in the Australian outback. From there, they used the abilities of a teleporter named Gateway to get the drop on their enemies. This status quo might have only took up the last couple years of the decade, but the remote setting and funky lineup has stood the test of time in the hearts of fans. So far the X-Men films haven’t strayed too far from the X-Mansion’s grounds in Westchester, New York. Maybe it’s time the team took a little trip down under.
Director Bryan Singer has already teased that fans will get to see young versions of familiar faces, meaning that fans might finally get to see the version of Storm they’ve wanted to see on the big screen from day one: punk rock Storm. Sporting a Mohawk haircut and an outfit pulled directly from Joan Jett’s closet, Storm reinvented herself from an untouchable goddess into a tough-as-nails street fighter. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, whose natural speaking voice sounds like what Halle Berry was trying to accomplish in X-Men, would crush it in this role. Seriously, Singer, it’s time we got a bad ass Storm.
Even if disco was already close to death when Dazzler debuted in 1980, the character was still quintessentially ’80s. Her fashionable costume, pop star talent, wild spirit, and flashy super power make her seem like an anthropomorphized version of the decade that spawned her. She has to be included in the film, and she can be patterned after ’80s icons like Madonna or Cyndi Lauper if disco is deemed too ’70s.
The Brown and Tan
Wolverine spent pretty much the entirety of the 1980s with his classic yellow costume crumpled in a ball under his bed. Instead, he sported a brown and tan look that gave him a much more stealthy and animalistic look – at least compared to the canary colored costume her previously wore. Fox’s Wolverine has yet to wear a costume reminiscent of either of his main two comic book looks, and it would be great to see that change in “Apocalypse.” No, we don’t yet know how Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will factor into X-Men: Apocalypse. Logan joined the team for the first time in 2000’s “X-Men,” that is unless there were a lot of lies and mindwipes happening behind the scenes. Therefore, he can’t have been a member of the X-Men in the 1980s. But if Days of Future Past resets the timeline, then its entirely possible he’ll be a main player. Details aside, we just want to see Wolverine wearing a mask of some sort, and it should happen in Apocalypse.