X-Men: Apocalypse Continuity, Character Talk

With the VOD release this week and DVD and Blu-ray release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” around the corner, the film’s producer Simon Kinberg spoke at length about the next chapter in the series in a Q&A with Yahoo UK.

First up, Kinberg teased new characters that could be introduced in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” starting with beloved comic characters like Psylocke and Cable:

“She [Psylocke] is a fan favorite, and also a favorite of mine. We have a small part that she plays in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ and we talked about including her in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ quite seriously actually. There was a version of the script she was in and we even auditioned some actors in Montreal.

But we didn’t feel there was enough of a part she would play in a movie that was already full of many, many mutants. She has a cool power. I know Bryan Singer thinks she’s a neat character so there’s certainly a chance she’ll be in an ‘X-Men’ movie some day.

Hopefully there’ll be a lot of ‘X-Men’ movies and there’s lot of mutants we’re yet to fully explore onscreen, even if they’ve had cameos before. Now we’re making more films there’s a chance to dig deeper.

We also talked about including him [Cable] in X-Men: Days of Future Past. I will say, we love the character, we’d love to find a place for him in these movies, but I cannot confirm or deny which characters will actually be in X-Men: Apocalypse until I read some spoilers.”

He reaffirmed ‘Apocalypse’ will follow the stories of the “X-Men: First Class” mutants so don’t expect much in the way of roles for the older cast. He also touched upon the topic of continuity issues raised by “X-Men: Days of Future Past” including:

Wolverine’s Claws: “We don’t see it [Wolverine’s claws] because he doesn’t pop his claws at the end of the movie [but like with elements of the story] perhaps how he got his claws is different. But he lands ultimately in the same destination.”

Nightcrawler As Mystique’s Offspring: “Since Azazel was killed, does this mean that Mystique gave birth to Nightcrawler in the time between X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past? All I will say is that ten years transpired between X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so anything is possible. She’s a young woman in her 20s going on 30s… and I will leave it at that.”

Quicksilver As Magneto’s Son: “It is a fascinating relationship. Erik grew up without a family, it’s such a huge part of him, of his mission. So the idea of exploring what it means for Magneto to be a father and reconnect with a son many years after his birth, is fascinating and certainly something that would be interesting to explore in future films.”