Before we close, let’s take another look at yesterday’s trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse.
If I had to guess right now, I’d say Apocalypse will wind up below Days of Future Past in my rankings. The moment I saw those stupid black armor-outfits, I knew we were destined to get what we always get from Singer. which has issues, at least with me.
This series, like superhero cinema, was struggling to define itself early in its inception and only in 2016 does the creative team seem to have finally figured out how to expand the series properly. Deadpool was a roaring success, Apocalypse, which reintroduces the original team as youngsters, will probably do very well (the fact that the next film would chronologically be set in the 90s and be considered a period film blows my Millennial mind). Gambit, a third Wolverine and a Deadpool sequel are being made and future projects include X-Force and New Mutants.
Meanwhile Singer, who will shoot his adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this fall, has said he has no intentions of stepping away, conceivably setting up his potential return for his fifth X-Men film in 2019. McAvoy and Fassbender are said to have signed contract extensions while Lawrence has said she is done after Apocalypse. Singer and his creative imprint, though, will remain inextricable from the X-Men film series.
But most of all, as I wrote in the introduction, expect more messy stories expanding and contracting at will, an utterly-unique beast among more traditional superhero blockbusters. A mutant, you might say.