The X-Men mutant-verse has been around twice as long the Marvel Cinematic Universe but only now has the the studio 20th Century Fox successfully expanded it by launching new franchises. Deadpool opens the floodgates for various eclectic spinoffs and X-Men: Apocalypse, hitting theaters this week, reintroduces classic elements and young characters with enough variance to keep it interesting for the next few years. Continuity has never been this franchise’s strong suit but hopefully, post-Days of Future Past, the filmmakers and producers learned to craft a coherent timeline we fans can enjoy a la the very successful MCU.
It speaks to the strength of the property that it can sustain itself beside packs of DC superheroes and the other Marvel supergroup, the Avengers. A fan-made trailer of an Avengers vs. X-Men film racked up a ton of views and showed not only the potential for future crossovers but to never underestimate the X-Men or their popularity.
So what can we look forward to in the explosive next few years of the mutant-verse? Well, a goodbye to a franchise mainstay for starters. Warning: Minor spoilers from X-Men: Apocalypse follow. Click Next to begin the list!