Producer Simon Kinberg isn't being shy about what we can expect to see in X-Men: Apocalypse. He's already teased potential new characters and revealed how certain continuity issues caused by the shifting of X-Men: Days of Future Past's timeline will be addressed. Speaking with Collider, he now reveals that this next Mutant sequel will return to the strained relationship between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). He also touches on how the 80s setting will be utilized, an era that spawned a lot of today's older X-Men fans who grew up with the comic. And most importantly, he reveals that this will be a rather 'fun' outing for our often tortured heroes.
X-Men: Apocalypse will help kick off the summer movie season of 2016 with a late May release date. X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer is confirmed to return yet again for what will be his fourth Mutant adventure, and the man has made no secret about his fondness for actor Nicholas Hoult. It stands to reason that Beast will be getting a more substantial storyline even after getting a fair share in the previous outing despite the number of other mutants on display. Though, the real focus of the story will be on Jennifer Lawrence's Raven, who is torn between the light and dark sides of having the unique ability to change into anyone.
Most view X-Men: First Class as Magneto's story, and X-Men: Days of Future Past as Charles Xavier's story. When asked if their was one particular character the next film will be aimed at, Simon Kinberg wasn't hesitant to answer. It will show how Erik and Charles' relationship has impacted Mystique:
"Part of what's really interesting about Mystique's character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too."
This leads us into the ongoing relationship between Beast and Mystique, two characters that held an obvious affection for each other in X-Men: First Class, but when Mystique sided with Magneto at the end, it certainly put a strain on whatever romance may have been brewing between the two of them. X-Men: Apocalypse may rectify that:
"I will say that [X-Men: Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those X-Men: First Class characters, which isn't to say we won't see them in future movies, hopefully we will, but it's a completion of an arc for them. I think that the friendship between Erik and Charles, which has always been so integral to the franchise, is something we're continuing to explore and hopefully deepen with X-Men: First Class. And the relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn't have a lot of time to explore in X-Men: Days of Future Past, so we'll have an opportunity to do more of that in X-Men: Apocalypse."
"We're having a lot of fun with the idea of the 80s. It's a decade that Bryan and I both grew up in and so the music, the style, the aesthetic, the legacy of 80s movies is something we're really having fun with."
"There are some very big set pieces. I don't know what the budget's gonna be because we're still a ways away from budgeting the film, but I can say that Fox has a lot of creative confidence in the team that made X-Men: Days of Future Past, myself, Bryan, Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker. All of those people are coming back so in terms of a sandbox they're definitely giving us a lot of room to play creatively and take chances the way that we took some chances on X-Men: Days of Future Past, and do some radical things just as I think we did some radical things in X-Men: Days of Future Past."
What do you think? Does it sound like X-Men: Apocalypse is on the right path to box office glory?