Bryan Singer hints at X-Men origin story for 2016’s Apocalypse
It’s now more than a month since we found out the name of the sixth ensemble X-Men film – X-Men: Apocalypse – when Bryan Singer tweeted it from the set of not-even-out-yet fifth instalment X-Men: Days of Future Past. And after a Christmas beset by worries (don’t even PRETEND that you care more about Jesus than you do about sensitive and accurate portrayals of Magneto), the Charles Xavier of Hollywood has let slip a few more details.
Speaking to EW, Singer has confirmed that he will co-write and produce the film, which will be his fourth set on Earth-616 (the parallel-universe location of all the Marvel films to date). He’s also revealed that “[his] desire would be to direct it”, and that talks are underway although his schedule may prevent such hands-on involvement.
Of much more interest for comics nerds rather than what-does-Bryan-Singer’s-diary-look-like nerds, however, are the tantalising snippets of plot that crept into the interview. We’ve already seen a hint of what’s to come at the end of The Wolverine (which, amongst other things, revealed that Logan hasn’t managed to re-coat his claws with adamantium yet), and Singer claims that a currently undefined moment in Days of Future Past will set the Apocalypse ball rolling. Here’s the biggest chunk of plot for the 2016 film that we’ve seen so far:
“[X-Men: Apocalypse] will also address historical mutancy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.” In the comics, Apocalypse is a 5000 year old mutant who, like Thor and co, inspired a number of myths by appearing to primitive civilisations. Unlike Thor, he then made them all fight, had loads of kids and put himself into suspended animation for millennia. He can also rearrange himself on the molecular level, which is way cool; let’s hear what Wikipedia has to say about that particular trick…
“[Apocalypse] has total control over the molecules of his body, enabling him to alter his form as it suits him, such as allowing his body to become extremely malleable and flexible or change its size, enhance his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons or wings and jets, regenerate from fatal injuries, adapt his body to apparently any disease or hostile environment and give himself virtually any physical superhuman power.”
So, he’s basically the baddest mutant ever – with that in mind, we call Joe Pesci as the obvious casting choice. Roll on 2016!