X-Men: Dark Phoenix will continue the franchise’s decade-hopping tendencies as the story looks to be set in the Nineties. But that doesn’t mean that earlier characters are going to be left out, as characters from X-Men: First Class (which was set in the Sixties) might get back into the fray, along with a previously-introduced character that has yet to be seen in the new timeline.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Hutch Parker suggested that we’ll be getting more of the First Class characters that have appeared throughout the trilogy alongside the team of Mutants that were introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse.
“I’d rather not confirm any of those officially, but yes, the current story that we’re working on has that group involved as well as some of the younger characters that we introduced last time.”
The X-Men: First Class comprises that movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse – and the characters that appeared prominently throughout that trilogy include Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Professor X (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne). Mystique and Magneto were especially likely to appear, according to the interviewer.
Other characters that are likely to return include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jubilee (Lana Condor), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), although Parker did not say anything about who would return aside from suggesting that the First Class trio would all be coming back. But what’s also of interest are the rumors that Rogue, who first appeared in the original 2000 X-Men movie (which took place around the year it came out). The interviewer pressed Parker for details on whether or not she’d be appearing, but Parker kept his lips sealed.
“We’re all sorting out exactly which mutants will be part of it, and which ones won’t. It is a bit more expansive than… obviously Logan was a bit more intimate of a story. This one’s a bit more expansive, and you know the comics, so you know how and why. We’re still kind of sorting that through.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will rise on November 2, 2018. Other X-Men movies that are in development include New Mutants (April 13, 2018), Deadpool 2 (June 1, 2018), X-Force (TBD), and Deadpool 3 (TBD).