With X-Men: Apocalypse released, we now know that the next X-Men movie will be taking the new mutants introduced in Apocalypse to the 90’s. However, there also may be a chance the franchise will be going cosmic too. In an interview with Fandango, Director Brian Singer went over the decision to set the next film in that period and revealed some hints at what we might be looking forward to next.
“That was something Simon [Kinberg] and I discussed a long time ago, all the way back to when I first pitched the studio on First Class — that they do each movie in 10-year increments,…It’s a nice way for the audience to kind of keep track of the timeline, and it’s fun to play in these different eras. So that’s a good starting point.”
When asked about the next X-Men’s possible setting, Singer states that he is interested in taking the X-Men into space.
“…I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually.”
It sure appears as if Singer intends to follow his plan, and it will be interesting to see where the X-Men go. Singer seems like he wants to try another run with The Dark Phoenix Saga, which has had rumors flying left and right recently. He set up the plot for it in X2 and never followed through, and then did a less than good job with it in X-Men: The Last Stand.
When and if this setting follows through, it could make a nice change of pace for the protagonists and introduce some great new characters and storylines, and make the franchise also concerned with greater cosmic matters. Here’s hoping that they go that way.