'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?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Okay so... A couple of days ago, a little after the X-Men: DoFP, premiere I came up with an idea. I loved immensely the last scene where you see everyone in the X-Mansion and it just gives you that great sense of nostalgia that takes you back to the old Bryan Singer X-Men days with X-Men and X2. My idea consisted of bringing the entire cast back for Apocalypse. At the end of Days of Future Past Wolverine wakes up in 2023 again and everything's changed. So Wolverine has missed out on everything that happened in the last 50 years (since all he remembers is the original timeline). When Professor X finds out that Logan's back, he tells him that there's a lot to catch up on. So my idea was that in Apocalypse Professor X could be recounting the events of Apocalypse to Wolverine. As he's telling him the story, we get to see all of the First Class cast back in action. SIMON KINBERG AND BRYAN SINGER IF YOU EVER READ THIS I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY PART ON X-MEN APOCALYPSE IN ANY WAY.
Luis Eduardo Ortiz on May 26, 2014
beat me to it,this is exactly what I was thinking. The Professor recounting the events is an excuse to use the old cast again.
Tyrell Antonio on May 26, 2014
Lupita Nyong'o as a younger Storm would be cool.
Ahsoka Cole on May 26, 2014
I don't know, I think they kind of wrote themselves into a corner, at least if they want to continue with the flashback timeline. [Spoilers] First of all, the Wolverine in 1973 has no memory of what happened in DoFP, so he'll have to play catch up again. He doesn't have his adamantium skeleton and is still not on the road to get it since he was picked up by Mystique rather than Stryker. Secondly, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are now playing their characters over the course of 20+ years within a real-world time span of five years. At what point is McAvoy going to start looking like Patrick Stewart? And perhaps most importantly, we got a glimpse of the future where Professor X, Jean, Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm are all alive. The school seems in pristine condition and prosperous. This doesn't really jive with the "mass destruction on a scale we haven't seen yet" idea that Singer is teasing. It seems like the stakes are lower now that we know everything will be just fine in the end. I'm not saying they can't do it, I just think it would make more sense to continue the story from the most current point in the timeline. McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence are great, but how many flashback movies are we going to have? Anyway, the movie was fantastic regardless, so I guess I just need to have faith.
Boiler Bro Joe on May 26, 2014
Or "Apocolypse" spins off from a different focal point, that will cause different ripples. But agree that they've gotta get creative without being too brain-dead in explanations.
VAharleywitch on May 28, 2014
On the Wolverine losing his memory again. Can't Xavier just show Wolverine the last few days with his telepathy? Because wasn't it the metal in his bones that prevented X from seeing his memories clearly in X1 and X2? Although, Wolverine is with Mystique/Stryker. (Which may be the most confusing retcon of them all)
si1ver on May 27, 2014
very happy to hear of Cyclops and Jean Grey being in the next one. I hated when they killed off Cyclops as he's always been my favorite x-man. I also wasn't to happy he wasn't a main part of the newer 2 movies, (other than when Xavier saw him in his mind) but knew they had to get him in there eventually. I can't wait to see if they recast or use the same actor/actresses. I enjoyed Marsden as Cyclops so we'll see what happens. Either way I'm very happy there is a bright future for the X-Men Franchise!!
brad on May 28, 2014
I agree. Wasting Cyclops has always been a huge failing of the franchise. The notion that he might return in the next one made me let out an audible 'oh wow' in the cinema!
Payne by name on May 28, 2014
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