Kinberg Talks “X-Men: Apocalypse” Themes

After revealing that the “Fantastic Four” reboot won’t be at Comic Con this year, producer Simon Kinberg spoke to Latino Review about the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” and how it will tie into the bigger themes of the previous two X-Men films with the younger cast:

“We think about these X-Men movies as spread over – X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past to Apocalypse was imagined as a trilogy for us. It’s the Origin stories in some ways of Charles, Raven, Hank and Eric and we will be settling things up in Apocalypse that will be generating new stories.

We look at it globally as to where to mutants fit into the world. That’s why we jump from the 60’s to the 70’s and now the 80’s. We really want to be able to track the progression of the world and where do mutants fit in that world. It’s a pretty radical thing to do in any movie but certainly in a superhero franchise where you are jumping a decade each time you make a film. The reason that it is globally is that we wanted to be able to track the impact of mutants and the emergence of mutants into the world.

Personally, we are very clear from the beginning as to how Charles, Eric and Raven especially dovetail, duck and weave in and out of each others lives. We were building, in some ways, a trilogy that is a story of three people; a brother, a little sister and another man who comes, in some ways, as a brother and how that sister leaves with the new brother. The war for that sisters’ soul between these two men defines First Class, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse .

That’s a larger story we are telling even though each of those films is its own coherent and complete film. You can look at the arc of those three characters almost like a television show arcing over three complete episodes.”

Like the way the previous two films milked their 1960s and 1970s settings, the new one will make good use of the early 1980s for its storyline. Surprisingly Kinberg reveals he’s not sure how Channing Tatum’s Gambit character will play out in the film yet and how it would/could set up a standalone film:

“I genuinely don’t know the answer to that question. It’s something we are all talking about whether it would be good for Gambit to be in a mainline X-Men movie or he would be in his own stand-alone movie potentially one day to be able to be in another X-Men movie after his Gambit movie introduces him. I really don’t know the answer.

I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule which way is better. I think both ways have worked and I think actually the real question will be is there a role that is strong and specific enough for Gambit in a mainline X-Men movie whether it be Apocalypse or future X-Men movie that would be the right way to introduce the character.

You don’t want to stick characters in these movies and manufacture something for them to do. You want the movie to tell you that it needs another character or ideally it needs this specific character.”

Kinberg also says he and Bryan Singer did an exhaustive review of all the different versions of Apocalypse’s Horsemen from the comics and cartoons to find the right ones that suit the story.

Finally, 20th Century Fox has confirmed that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is set to come to VOD on September 23rd and Blu-ray on October 14th.