11:39am PT by Graeme McMillan
Bryan Singer on 'X-Men' Movie Continuity: "Anything Could Happen"
For those who feel that the current status of Fox's X-Men movie franchise is creating a series of prequels to Bryan Singer's original X-Men and X2: X-Men United, the director has a message for you: think again.
"What I’m doing with these in-betweenqueels is playing with time’s immutability and the prequel concept, meaning that yes we erased those storylines and anything can happen," Singer told reporters during a visit to the set of this summer's X-Men: Apocalypse. "That means the audience goes into the movie thinking that anything can happen. I mean anything, anyone could die. Any possibility could occur, but characters are still moving towards their immutable place."
That immutable place, according to producer Simon Kinberg, isn't the world seen in Fox's first trilogy of X-Men movies, but the one seen in the final scenes of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. "Certainly the intention at the end of Days of Future Past was that final future we saw was the destination for the characters," he explained. "So barring another time travel or something else that would upset the timeline, that would be the fate of those characters."
Well… maybe. Singer suggested that even that isn't set in stone.
"I’ll kill any of those characters any day I want. They’re all fair game," he joked, referring to the characters that appeared in the final scene of Days of Future Past. "Anything can happen."
Short version? Ignore previous continuity, because everything is up for grabs — presuming, of course, that Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse doesn't live up to his name and destroy everything when X-Men: Apocalypse is released May 27.