Marvel’s immortal mutant Apocalypse has appeared across comic books and animated television, bringing with him a different incarnation of the Four Horsemen each time. But with so many mutants to choose from, how did the filmmakers of “X-Men: Apocalypse” settle on their lineup?
“Fassbender was the first person that we decided would be an interesting Horseman,” he explained, “and then truly we just kind of sat there the way that anybody would, rather you were in a role-playing game or a video game or doing fan fiction, and it was like who are the coolest characters you wanna see? And who are interesting combinations with one another, and who are interesting foils for the heroes of the movie?”
Through that process, Kinberg and director Bryan Singer settled on Magneto, Angel (Ben Hardy), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn).
“A lot of the way that Bryan and I work together is it’s about theme and character more than story and spectacle,” Kinberg said. “The story and spectacle comes and obviously there’s amazing teams here, and Bryan himself has such a cinematic mind, but we start it from the inside. So a lot of those decisions are made based on who are the people that deepened the core ideas of the movie? Who are the people that challenge, emotionally, the main characters of the movie, or are mirror images of the main characters?”
Opening May 27, “X-Men: Apocalypse” also stars James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Lana Condor, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Lucas Till.