We were already aware of it, but it’s nice to see it confirmed. Simon Kinberg, who has been involved in the writing or production, or both, of every X-Men film recently told MTV about how the X-Men cinematic universe from Fox will work moving forward.
“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 X1, 2, 3, everything from Days of Future Past forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon,” He explained. “So the Gambit movie, the Deadpool movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in Days of Future Past and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist within the same rules.”
Last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past reset the timeline of the X-Men films with some time travelling, so now it means the slate is clean for the new solo movies like Gambit, Deadpool and Wolverine 3 to tell fresh stories on the characters and expand the universe. The Deadpool trailer features Colossus, among other mutants, which Kinberg addresses stating that that won’t be the only time that happens.
“There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.”
The next X-Men film is X-Men: Apocalypse, which is an adaptation of the legendary X-Men: Age of Apocalypse story-line from the comics, with Oscar Isaac as the titular villain. It’s a direct sequel to the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in the ’80s and features a team of younger X-Men, including Jubilee, Psylocke and a young Jean Grey. It’s unknown how the solo films will figure into Apocalypse, but it is for sure that the events of Apocalypse will effect their reality, for better or worse.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas May 27, 2016.