On the back of the success of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, we’re all incredibly excited for X-Men: Apocalypse and what might just be the greatest comic book movie triumph yet created. With what DOFP did for the franchise, the door is now open for any characters and previously long-standing actors to return full-time to the franchise, and some pivotal appearances confirm that ANY can be written into the story of Apocalypse.
Of course, with the timeline now having essentially two entries thanks to the time-travel heavy narrative of Days (and you should stop reading now if you haven’t seen it, spoilers ahead!) the question has been raised as to which X-Men would feature most prominently in Apocalypse, First Class or the modern, more familiar team. In a recent Q ‘n’ A from Yahoo! Movies, Simon Kinberg, co-screenwriter of DOFP, shed a little light on how the sequel is shaping up, and casts some doubt for fans of some of the old cast.
Apocalypse will take place as a direct continuation of the First Class timeline, so it will be James McAvoy’s Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in the front-lines of an ensemble that will be all the younger versions of our favorite mutants. This means that some familiar faces will need to be re-cast since its set in the 80’s.
“It’d be very hard to do, because Halle, Famke, and Jimmy [Marsden] and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life. But I also would have said before First Class that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.” Kinberg says on the actors, adding “If we use them.”
So, this could be interesting, but this also tells us that the screenplay isn’t anywhere near completion if they haven’t nailed down what versions of what characters they’re using. Either way. they have a good run started, and they have an astonishing selection of mutants to choose from, so optimism is still high.