The X-Men films recently got a major do-over. When Wolverine stopped the mutant genocide in Days of Future Past, he reset the timeline, allowing previously killed characters to come back and past storylines (like The Last Stand) to be forgotten. While it wasn’t entirely clear what this all meant at the time, Simon Kinberg put things into perspective on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse.
To a small group of press, the writer-producer addressed whether or not stories already tackled in X-Men movies, specifically The Dark Phoenix Saga in X3, could be revamped in future films.
Last week, Fox released a video of Simon Kinberg answering fan questions about the film, and he remarked that this new timeline is now considered "canon" and "law." He further explained on set:
Though the future of X-Men is a little cloudy beyond the string of standalone films in development, the seeds for a Dark Phoenix retelling will be planted in Apocalypse, regardless if or when it happens. Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones portrays a younger version of Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey and her character will be struggling to control the immense psychic power she wields. Kinberg teased,
Lana Condor, playing Jean’s energy-blasting best friend Jubilee, said, "Just like all the rest of us, [Jean’s] learning how to control her powers." She continued,
X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer’s fourth time directing an X-Men film, isn’t his first go with precious comic book source material. While X2 reinterpreted elements from God Loves, Man Kills, it was also setting up the sequel to be all about The Dark Phoenix Saga. When he decided to helm Superman Returns instead, Brett Ratner came in for X-Men: The Last Stand.
Simon Kinberg said later how excited he was to include the Jean and Scott story in X-Men: Apocalypse.
As to whether Bryan Singer is interested in finally getting to execute his vision for the Phoenix, he was ambivalent to answer. "You never know, but as far as the idea of that brewing within her, I could, without giving anything away, say absolutely, you may find a piece of that in this film."
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27.
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