By now most of us know that the next X-Men movie is going to tackle the Apocalypse storyline, right? That is, if you stayed for the stinger or follow Bryan Singer on Twitter. What you might not know is that it will take place in the 1980s.
Getting a little confusing?
Well, it’s been confusing since X-Men: The Last Stand. There’s enough timeline/alternate issues to make a Doctor Who fan go, “Huh?” Just run with it.
The greatest change in the films this time out is James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier. Apparently, according to the man himself, he thinks he will finally lose his hair. It’s really the moment all us X-Fans have been looking forward to. I’m hoping for the climatic moment will crescendo with Apocalypse’s maniacal laughter.
McAvoy acted coy about what the premise is, even though it’s clear to comic book readers:
“I got an email from Simon Kinberg, our producer/writer extraordinaire, who informed me he was getting dead excited about stuff, but he didn’t want to divulge anything for a couple of weeks, so I really don’t know. But it seems fairly global, if we’re talking apocalypse. Maybe it’s just a character’s name, but I think the nature of the movie’s going to be fairly apocalyptic as well.”
The stinger for X-Men: Days of Future Past had a young Apocalypse with his Four Horsemen not far. The next movie will certainly follow the new (ancient) antagonist and his wish to bring his name upon the world.
I sincerely hope with all my heart that Cyclops will make his grand return as the badass leader of the X-Men. That was one thing sorely missing from all the X-Men movies.
X-Men: Apocalypse makes its way into theaters May 27, 2016.