'X-Men: Apocalypse' May Have More Original Cast Members After All
by Ethan Anderton
May 26, 2014
Considering the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's been assumed that the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse would follow the X-Men: First Class cast, now with the addition of Wolverine. Writer Simon Kinberg confirmed as much when he told HitFix earlier this year, "[Apocalypse] really follows the ‘First Class’ cast. Meaning it is a sequel that will feature McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nic Hoult and that cast." However, when speaking more recently to The Daily Beast, Kinberg said, “It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too." So what's the deal?
Along with the less recent quote, Kinberg had said X-Men: Apocalypse "would take place roughly between the past of Days of Future Past and when X-Men first started." And on't forget that Bryan Singer said:
"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!"
So while the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past (spoiler alert) features a repaired future timeline where deceased characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey are alive and well, that doesn't mean we'll have another film where we're jumping back and forth in time again. However, with a villain as diabolical as Apocalypse, perhaps there's a chance that we'll see Apocalypse (who appeared in the credits stinger at the end) cause trouble for both the X-Men: First Class cast in the 80s, and also the original X-Men cast in the future timeline. It's hard to say exactly where the sequel will take us. Either way, the success of the most recent sequel shows the audience loves the mash-up of the two different casts.
Of course, there's a chance that maybe, as Singer indicates, we'll just see younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm and others. It's not out of the question for visual effects to help make Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Halle Berry look a little younger for the 80s set sequel. On the other hand, Singer has also previously discussed the possibility of recasting those characters so audiences might see how the X-Men team from the original 2000 film came together. The story would likely be a little different now that Wolverine is firmly a part of the history of Charles Xavier earlier than the original timeline, but there you go. Whoever ends up in the film, expect Channing Tatum to be there as Gambit. Thoughts?