Bryan Singer has been with the X-Verse since the first X-Men movie way back in the year 2000. X-Men: Apocalypse marks his fourth outing with the mutant team. But with 20th Century Fox trying to emulate Marvel’s successful MCU movie model, how involved is the X-Verse’s most enduring creative force in the studio’s other X-Men spin-off projects?
“I’d like to go and make a different kind of film next,” he spoke about his ‘Post-Apocalypse‘ plans in our Flickering Myth interview with the director. “But I can’t see myself after signing the deal to do X-Men 1, 20 years ago…I can’t see myself just abandoning the whole universe. It’s very special to me. So whether I come back in a big way or a small way, I’ll always be around it, I think.”
“I looked at a rough cut of Deadpool,” Singer explained about his role in the grander X-Verse, “and had a chat with the director. I just loved what I saw, and thought it was so funny and fun. It was a test audience too, so half the audience recognised me. And I’m laughing at jokes about my films in Deadpool, and I went, ‘should I be laughing so hard!?’ And the head of the studio, my boss, is looking over at me like, ‘is he OK? Have we offended him?’ And I was like, ‘this is hilarious!'”
“And James Magnold, I looked at a rough cut of Wolverine. He’s looked at parts of this film to inform the next film, the Wolverine film he’s doing next. So I try to at least look for a way in, as much as anyone wants me to. It’s not a sticking point for me. It’s just nice to be a little involved, and we try not to step over each other. I’m sort of the ‘Old Sage of X-Men’.”
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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
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X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 18th in the UK and May 27th in the States. The cast includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Lucas Till (Havok) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) along with new additions Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel, Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) as Psylocke and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee.