Ever since X-Men: Apocalypse was announced back in December, fans have been wondering when this highly-anticipated sequel might be set. Today, director Bryan Singer provided an answer to that burning question in an interview with Total Film, revealing that the movie will be set in the 1980s, and that it will feature the most mass destruction of any X-Men movie.
"We're going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it'll be a contemporary movie - well, it'll take place in the '80s... The '80s is a period now - it's hard for me to believe that!" He continued, "Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There's definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle." As for his process on the 2016 sequel, Singer says, "We're currently breaking the story. We're almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It's great to have Dan and Michael back."
The 1980s time period seems like a natural progression, since this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past is set in the early 1970s. When asked whether or not the filmmaker plans on introducing new characters, he wouldn't reveal any specific mutants.
"I don't want to get too specific, but we'll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That'll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It's a mind-[frick] sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"
The filmmaker also hinted that he wants to tell more X-Men stories after X-Men: Apocalypse.
"Yeah, there actually are. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character's going to go, what their future's going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking 'Who am I? Where did my character come from?' So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it's one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago."
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