While Fox has plenty of things cooking within the X-Men universe right now, most of the details that we have regarding future films involve stand-alone character movies, like Wolverine 3 or Deadpool 2. When it comes to the traditional X-Men team, we know little about what’s next for them after X-Men: Apocalypse hits screens in a couple weeks. However, the most recent trilogy has been giving us a pattern of one movie per decade, and it appears that trend will continue with the next entry. The next X-Men movie will take place in the Bill Clinton era.
ComingSoon had a chance to speak with Simon Kinberg, the producer in charge of the X-Men universe, and they asked him about the next X-Men movie. According to him, the once a decade X-Men movies will continue.
The next one is set in the ‘90s.
What’s unclear from Simon Kinberg’s statement is exactly which movie he’s referring to. The "next X-Men movie" that’s currently on the release schedule is actually Josh Boone’s New Mutants. At this point, there have been no announced plans for a proper X-Men follow up. There certainly will be one. Of that, we can be fairly certain. The X-Men films have all been successful to date so there’s no reason to believe Fox will take a break from them. Still, while New Mutants doesn’t currently have a release date, it has been announced, which presumably puts it ahead of schedule of whatever the next proper X-Men title will be. Tye Sheridan is reportedly signed for two more movies, so one expects that plans are being worked on for something.
Setting the next X-Men movie in the 1990’s makes some sense. It’s the only decade left before the younger X-Men come crashing into their previous incarnations. Bryan Singer's original X-Men movie was released in 2000 and set in the near future. However, the previous film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was all about resetting the film’s timeline, so changing what happens in the original trilogy is still an option, making movies that mess with that part of the timeline, and potentially doing it with different actors, will probably confuse many moviegoers.
Whatever way they end up going about it, it appears that our next encounter with the X-Men will be during the 1990s. It could turn out to be interesting, as the 1990s were when many young people became introduced to the characters via the animated series. Could we see something of a live action version of that on screen? What do you think the 90’s X-Men look like? Let us know in the comments.