The implications of this year's time-traveling epic may change the Fox franchise as we know it. Director Bryan Singer spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the two films. He mentioned the '90s comic book story the movie will be drawing from but suggested that it won't be an exact copy. "[The movie] won't necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I'm playing with," said Singer.
Producer/writer Simon Kinberg helped give us some idea of what kind of visuals we can expect. "From a visual standpoint," he said, "it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there'll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply."
Days of Future Past will lead into Apocalypse, but they will not depend on each other. "You won't feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse," said Kinberg. "What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we'll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen."
"Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy," Kinberg added. "What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You're dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?"
Singer also suggested that he wants to "explore the '80s" and possibly reintroduce Gambit and Nightcrawler. Are the characters going to continue as their younger selves from 30 years ago?
All this time travel provides Fox an easy way to phase out the original X-cast. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawerence, and Nicholas Hoult are all signed on for sequels. Hugh Jackman has another Wolverine movie coming, but he admits it's time for him to move on afterwards.
Much like J. J. Abrams' Star Trek, this adventure may rewrite the timeline, removing the original X-Men movies from continuity.
Personally, I don't know how I feel about all this. To keep the characters young, the films would all take place decades ago. Do we want a younger Charles Xavier at the cost of modern-day stories?