X-Men: Apocalypse will be the end of an era for Fox’s Marvel superhero franchise, according to screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, who says that the 2016 movie will finish an arc that started with 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
“I will say that [X-Men: Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters,” Kinberg told Collider, adding that it “isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies, hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them.”
The conclusion of that arc will further explore the relationship between James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Erik Lensherr (A.K.A. Magneto), which Kinberg described as being “so integral to the franchise,” but that isn’t the only relationship to be advanced in the movie. “The relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in Days of Future Past,” the writer said. “We’ll have an opportunity to do more of that in Apocalypse.”
Kinberg also confirmed earlier reports that Apocalypse will follow Days of Future Past’s lead by jumping forward a decade between movies. “We’re having a lot of fun with the idea of the ‘80s,” he said. “It’s a decade that [director Bryan Singer] and I both grew up in, and so the music, the style, the aesthetic [and] the legacy of ‘80s movies is something we’re really having fun with.”
If this means that we might finally get to see the roller-skating greatness that is the Disco Dazzler herself show up in a period-specific movie, then X-Men: Apocalypse might just have become the must-see movie of 2016. Don’t let us down, X-producers.