X-Men: Apocalypse Gets A Lot Of Mystique

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” producer Simon Kinberg is continuing his press rounds for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film, which managed an astounding $746 million worldwide gross.

In a new interview with Collider, he spoke about the upcoming next film in the series, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and how it will both go deeper into and ultimately close up this trilogy of the younger “X-Men” generation:

“I will say that [X-Men: Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters, which isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies, hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them.

I think that the friendship between Erik and Charles, which has always been so integral to the franchise, is something we’re continuing to explore and hopefully deepen with Apocalypse.

And the relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in Days of Future Past, so we’ll have an opportunity to do more of that in Apocalypse.

Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too.”

Kinberg says he and director Bryan Singer are having a lot of fun writing the film due to the 1980s setting, and that the success of ‘Days’ is allowing them to go ‘big’ with the next film:

“We’re having a lot of fun with the idea of the 80s. It’s a decade that Bryan and I both grew up in and so the music, the style, the aesthetic, the legacy of 80s movies is something we’re really having fun with.

There are some very big set pieces. I don’t know what the budget’s gonna be because we’re still a ways away from budgeting the film, but I can say that Fox has a lot of creative confidence in the team that made Days of Future Past – myself, Bryan, Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker.

All of those people are coming back so in terms of a sandbox they’re definitely giving us a lot of room to play creatively and take chances the way that we took some chances on Days of Future Past, and do some radical things just as I think we did some radical things in Days of Future Past.”

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is expected to be released in May 2016.