Discussing his decision to set the next film in the ’90s (via Fandango), Singer said, “That was something Simon [Kinberg] and I discussed a long time ago, all the way back to when I first pitched the studio on First Class — that they do each movie in 10-year increments…It’s a nice way for the audience to kind of keep track of the timeline, and it’s fun to play in these different eras. So that’s a good starting point.”
As for a potential space-set X-Men film — an area that’s been explored heavily in comic book storylines like “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” “The Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire” and “Black Vortex,” among others — Singer said he’s open to the idea: “…I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually.”
Big alien, eh? Could that be the Dark Phoenix entity, which has been known to possess Jean Grey on multiple occasions — and has been teased by Singer…?
Directed by Bryan Singer and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan and more, “X-Men: Apocalypse” hits theaters stateside on May 27.
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