Bryan Singer Talks 'Apocalypse' + Young Toad in 'Days of Future Past'
Following the news that X-Men: Apocalypse was coming two years after X-Men: Days of Future Past, we haven't heard much about either sequel (with the exception of our spoiler scoop of how the two films are linked). However, director Bryan Singer spoke with EW about both films in the X-Men universe. The most important take away is that Singer is still negotiating to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, but he definitely wants to be at the helm. As for Days of Future Past, he didn't reveal much, but he did address the idea of a tease for the next film, and also about what we can expect as the series continues. Plus, this summer's sequel just confirmed a new cast member as a familiar mutant from the first film will appear. Find out details below!
Before we talk about Apocalypse, let's get this Days of Future Past detail out of the way. In what will likely be a small role, actor Evan Jonigkeit spoke to MTV at the third season premiere of the HBO series "Girls" and revealed that he's playing a young version of Toad in the sequel arriving on May 23rd this year. Jonigkeit says, "It’s a generation story of how he came to be. It’s really cool.” We're doubting it's a complex origin story, and maybe just an introduction as to him getting recruited by Magneto or something like that. Ray Park (Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace) played Toad in the original X-Men, but Jonigkeit says his character design is different, "It’s darker. I would say it’s a darker tone.” Toad fans, rejoice!
Now onto Apocalypse. We know the sequel will focus more on the X-Men: First Class cast, mostly because Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart know nothing about the sequel (and also because of our spoilerly scoop). Singer confirms, "I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.” But what about that tease we reported on that will set up the sequel? Well, even though it's definitely written into the script, Singer claims he's still figuring out if there will be a tease, "I’m still deciding. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.” We're pretty sure you can count on a credits tease.
But beyond that, what will X-Men: Apocalypse be about? Singer vaguely explains, "It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.” That's not surprising since the comic book history of the villainous character paints him as the original mutant human being, with origins in ancient Egypt. Of course, we still have a whole movie to watch before Apocalypse can seriously be talked about, so stay tuned for all things X-Men as they arrive. Thoughts?