Writer-producer Simon Kinberg recently took a break from working on the X-Men: Apocalypse script to hold a video Q&A session with Yahoo! Movies UK. We already know that the story will be set in the 1980s, following the younger cast of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Simon Kinberg revealed today that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the last of a trilogy featuring these characters.
"The thrust of Apocalypse is really to complete the trilogy we began with First Class - to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds...[and who] we've followed through the span of decades. So that'll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven't seen... ever... but it'll be the completion of what we began in First Class."
If X-Men: Apocalypse brings this trilogy to an end, where will the franchise go from there? Will Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer go back to the original X-Men characters, or will they start completely from scratch? We still have two more years before X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters, so we'll have to wait and see what their plans for the future may be.
He also reiterated his statement from a portion of this same Q&A released earlier this week, that X-Men: Days of Future Past does alter the timeline for the movies that take place "after" the events portrayed in DOFP, including X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and last year's The Wolverine.
"We changed the timeline for everything that came after DOFP - so X-Men 1, 2 and 3, even The Wolverine. So Jean [Grey] was not killed in Last Stand, nor was Scott, and a whole lot of other things rippled."
In the portion of the Q&A released earlier this week, Simon Kinberg revealed that they would have to re-cast original X-Men characters such as Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm, since the movie is set in the 1980s and they will all be much younger. The producer also teased that X-Men: Apocalypse may include characters such as Scarlet Witch, Cable and Psylocke.
Are you more or less excited about X-Men: Apocalypse now? What would you like to see the X-Men franchise tackle next after this new trilogy is over? Chime in with your thoughts below, and CLICK HERE to check out the full 17-minute Q&A session with Simon Kinberg.