As set reports from “X-Men: Apocalypse” hit, new information about the film’s timeline, titular villain, and casting process have emerged. Now, thanks to the press roundtable reported by Slashfilm, we know more about the film’s romantic side.
“We rekindle romances, there’s three romances we start together,” said “X-Men: Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer. “One that I didn’t really explore in ‘Days of Future Past’ but I did when I wrote the story for ‘First Class’ between Hank [McCoy] and Raven [Darkholme]. We’ve got Jean [Grey] and Scott [Summers]. Suddenly Xavier and Moira [MacTaggert] start getting reconnected, so that’s all starting to happen.”
The romance between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) began in “First Class,” as Singer noted, but most of their scenes together in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” were edited out. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) are possibly the most prominent couple in the X-Men comics, and their adult counterparts were already together when the first X-Men film arrived in 2000. Professor X (James McAvoy) and Moira (Rose Byrne) shared the screen in “First Class,” but Byrne was not involved in “Days of Future Past.” In the comics, Xavier and MacTaggert were engaged to be married at one point prior to Xavier forming the X-Men.
Singer continued to speak about the new characters (including Cyclops and Jean Grey), saying that he hopes to give them more attention. “I knew I wanted to explore two things [in ‘Apocalypse’],” said Singer. “I wanted to tell us the story of whatever happened to Raven and Erik when they left that stadium. When they both just left, I knew I wanted to tell that story. Like when I first came up with ‘First Class’ and I wanted to tell the story of Xavier and Magneto, I knew I wanted to tell the origin of Jean and Scott and Storm.”
Directed by Singer, and starring McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hoult, Lawrence, Oscar Isaac and more, “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27, 2016.