While it was meant to clear up the continuity of the X-Men universe, many fans felt that X-Men: Days Of Future Past only confused the ongoing mythology even more. It seemed as if there were two universes, one dedicated to the exploits of the First Class gang in the past, and one gravitating towards Patrick Stewart's Professor X and his School Of Gifted Youngsters, a group we've grown to know pretty well over the years. But in a recent interview, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg suggests that you should probably forget all about that earlier timeline, because it's about to be irrelevant.
MTV asked Simon Kinberg to reveal the Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse that would show up in X-Men: Apocalypse , acknowledging that we've already seen the most famous Horseman, Angel, in X-Men: The Last Stand. Kinberg wouldn't reveal if Angel was there, but he did confirm something that we've been hoping Days Of Future Past would make clear.
"We sort of reset the clock on Days Of Future Past. And so a lot could have changed from that point in 1973 forward. Meaning, people could have been born earlier. The whole world changed after those events. So things that were represented in X1, X2 and X3 wouldn't have happened in quite the same way."
Aside from the notion that I'm pretty sure time travel doesn't work like that, it is interesting that Kinberg and Singer now have the green light to repeat anything we've already seen in these movies. That likely includes characters like Gambit and Nightcrawler, both rumored for the next film, and both seen in previous entries. The good news is, it gives the creative team a chance to redo some people we've already seen who sadly did not thrive in the translation from page to screen. The bad news is that the X-Men universe is quite vast, and it seems a bit wasteful to repeat characters when there are all-new ones we haven't yet seen.
And that brings us to Angel, of course. Ben Foster essayed the role in X-Men: The Last Stand, and whether they were CGI or practical from scene-to-scene, the mutant's wings never once looked comfortable. Foster's a great actor, and it would be wonderful to retain him somehow. But he's also an intense, serious guy, and his version of Warren Worthington III was similarly angry and conflicted, a far cry from the fun-loving, slightly snobby rich mutant from the comics. Angel eventually is captured by Apocalypse and turned into the Archangel, an arc that would suit Foster, but all bets are that he's moved on.
Of course, as Kinberg mentions, there have been several Horseman over the years. So who should fill those four slots? Leave a comment below, let us know.