The next mutant movie for Fox could be a 1990s X-Men sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. But will it focus on the same band of mutants? Read more after the jump.
There’s a strong feeling of things coming to an end in the Fox Marvel Universe. X-Men is wrapping up its second trilogy with X-Men Apocalypse, the follow-up to X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Between that and Hugh Jackman hanging up his claws with Wolverine 3, it would be easy to assume that the X-Men are winding down. After all, director Bryan Singer who’s been at the core of almost every X-Men movie will be starting work on his adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this Autumn. But don’t start your montages and best of Youtube videos just yet. There’s still a few mutant irons in the fire, and one of them suggests that the latest trilogy isn’t all said and done.
Amidst rumours that Singer is working on a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse, franchise producer/writer Simon Kinberg has tried to shed a little light on the subject. The news from Screenrant.com is that Kinberg has revealed a new X-Men film will be set in the 1990s. Here’s what he said:
The next one is set in the ’90s.
I probably didn’t need to quote that. Still, a source is a source. The news came during the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse, during which a lot of talk was focused on what’s happening next with the X-Men Universe.
A 1990s X-Men movie makes a lot of sense. The last three X-Men films have taken place roughly ten years apart. X-Men: First Class started the trend in the 1960’s, and each successful film focuses on a different decade, mining its popular culture for costume ideas and the occasional gag. So with X-Men: Apocalypse being all things 80’s, a follow-up in the 1990s fits in perfectly.
For those of us who were around in the 1990s, that decade also brought with it the X-Men animated TV series and a new era of comic books, both of which had their own recognisable style and colour pallet. Maybe the 1990s X-Men movie will take some cues from the TV series – wouldn’t that be something?
That being said, there are a few logical hurdles to consider. While this could be Singer’s alleged X-Men follow-up, it could also be the New Mutants project. This is an off-shoot from the X-Men Universe that focuses on a group of teenage mutants. New Mutants is in the hands of filmmaker Josh Boone of The Fault in our Stars fame and could very well be the project that Kinberg is referring to. After all, there are already rumours that New Mutants will feature the likes of Storm and Charles Xavier, played by Alexandra Shipp and James McAvoy respectively.
There’s clearly a lot that still needs to be explained about which direction the X-Men Universe will take. With projects like New Mutants and Deadpool 2 on the horizon it’s definitely growing in width. . But will the decade tradition keep on going with a 1990s X-Men movie from Singer?
X-Men: Apocalypse will arrive in cinemas May 27th 2016. Watch this space for all the latest X-Men movie news.