We’re less than a month away from the start of production on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the final instalment of the so-called ‘young X-Men’ trilogy that began with ‘First Class’ and continued with ‘Days of Future Past’. It also comes smack dab between two spin-off films – “Deadpool” and “Gambit” – with all three films targeting a release next year.
In a new interview with IGN, writer/producer Simon Kinberg says the upcoming spin-offs and any further X-Men films will acknowledge the events of both ‘Future Past’ and ‘Apocalypse’:
“All of the films are aware of each other. I know what’s happening in each story, of each of the movies and they certainly acknowledge each other. Things that happen in one film are acknowledged by the other movies.
The result of the aftermath of Apocalypse is something that will impact the course of history in the world in much the same way that the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past did. From 1973 forward, the world knew about mutants. A mutant took a football stadium and dropped it on the White House. That’s not the history we were raised on.
So, instead of ignoring it, all of the movies that come after that in the timeline acknowledge it and embrace it, and it becomes part of the complicated reality of X-Men history on film. The films are all going to be informed by one another.”
Asked if Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will make an appearance in ‘Apocalypse,’ Kinberg refuses to confirm or deny if he’s in the film: “A lot of things will be answered in Apocalypse, but I will only say that I love Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, that’s all I will say.”
In related news, Anna Paquin was recently asked on social media if she would play Rogue again, the actress pointing out that her comic counterpart has the ability to fly – something she never did in the films. She said: “If I get to fly, absolutely… comic book Rogue gets to fly and I never did. I want to be badass Rogue not shy teen Rogue.”