"X-Men: Days of Future Past" producer Simon Kinberg continues dropping key quotes about the upcoming follow-up film "X-Men: Apocalypse" in which he will re-team with director Bryan Singer. As we know, it will introduce the villain Apocalypse - the oldest and most powerful mutant to have ever lived.
The films featuring the younger X-Men cast have generally incorporated other genres into their superhero formula. "X-Men: First Class" was in part a Cold War political thriller, whilst "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is as much classic science fiction as anything else with its time travel antics.
Speaking about the film with IGN, Kinberg revealed that the third one will be in part inspired by modern 'end of the world' disaster epics like "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012".
"The thing that we've spent the most time talking about is not just the visual execution of the character, which is its own challenge – creating a character that's the most powerful I think of any mutant villain that we've seen in the X-Men movies so far. More powerful than Magneto.
The kind of scope and scale we're talking about is like disaster movie, extinction level event. Sort of Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking, which you've never seen in an X-Men movie, or any superhero movie, which I think is exciting.
But we've also been talking about how to give him a real emotional and philosophical underpinning. So he's not just somebody who's out there destroying the world because he can. What he's doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a real compelling, coherent philosophy. He tries to proselytise and convert people – maybe some of our most familiar characters – to come to his cause."