Marvel Studios and Sony have dominated much of the headlines this week, flooding the internet with promotional material for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but now Fox has moved to remind us that they have their own superhero movie incoming in X-Men: Days of Future Past, releasing a couple of new promo images featuring Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Bishop (Omar Sy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), and William Stryker (Josh Helman)….
Meanwhile, Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has spoken about the next mutant adventure, X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set to hit cinemas in 2016:
“We’re going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago,” Singer tells Total Film (via CBM) “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! 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… 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.”
Singer also went on to tease which characters we might see in the next sequel, stating that: “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-fuck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline… 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.”
X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas on May 26th 2016, while X-Men: Days of Future Past opens this May 23rd, with a cast that includes returning stars James McAvoy (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside X-Men newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Binbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road) as William Stryker, and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Bolivar Trask.