Producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that the events of last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” have reset canon and so any future entries in the series have essentially free reign.
Speaking with MTV, Kinberg says:
“The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after Days of Future Past in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change from [the original X-Men movie], 2, 3, everything from Days of Future Past forward. Everything we set now becomes canon.”
Kinberg also confirms that next year’s two spin-off films “Deadpool” and “Gambit” are set to very much be a part of this new continuity and thus will allow for crossovers:
“The Gambit movie, the Deadpool movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in Days of Future Past and moving forward… there will be interplay between different characters in different movies.
We have a clear sense of the directions we want to take [the characters] in, and in my mind at least, how we could start to cross-pollinate sort of with those characters that have their standalone movies.”
Kinberg also spoke about “X-Men: Apocalypse” and specifically how the film’s change in tone from the last one impacted the design of the costume for the titular villain played by Oscar Isaac:
“I feel like we have been, the ‘X-Men’ franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think ‘Days of Future Past’ with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past.
We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the center of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you, say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”
“Deadpool” opens February 12th 2016, “X-Men: Apocalypse” hits May 27th 2016 and “Gambit” opens later in the year.