Simon Kinberg Talks 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Apocalypse

With X-Men: Days of Future Past on top of the box office and its follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse, already on the schedule for May 27, 2016, screenwriter Simon Kinberg has mutants on the brain these days -- although he's also being kept busy with a number of other projects, including the Fantastic Four reboot, a Gambit movie, and Magic: The Gathering. But during his recent conversation with the Daily Beast, it was the X-Men franchise that dominated the discussion -- particularly what fans can expect from Apocalypse.

If you've seen Days of Future Past, you know -- SPOILER ALERT -- that we got our first glimpse of Apocalypse in the post-credits scene, thus confirming that X-Men: Apocalypse is indeed named after the nasty comics villain who has repeatedly wreaked havoc for our heroes over the last few decades. Given that he's been around since prehistoric times, there are plenty of possibilities for plot -- up to and including fresh appearances from the original X-Men cast that we saw throughout Days of Future Past. While he didn't go into specifics, Kinberg more or less confirmed this, saying, "It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too."

Adding that it is "the plan" to have Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer back for Apocalypse, Kinberg added, "I believe Bryan created the template for the modern superhero movie. I remember where I was when I saw X-Men, and I thought he redefined the way people made comic book films. All the films that followed in the subsequent years, whether it be the Batman movies, the Spider-Man movies, etc., all took cues from X-Men, because he made it grounded, dramatic, really emotional, and somewhat political. He’s the architect of new superhero movies, and I love what he did with Days of Future Past."

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