Ever since the first glimpse at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, fans have been clamoring for more details on the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Simon Kinberg, writer of the movie, had a few things to say about the in-the-works epic while promoting the new film he produced, The Martian, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Kinberg hinted that this may be the last we see of the cast of merry mutants we’ve come to know and love since the reboot of the franchise with X-Men: First Class. “…It’s a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories,” Kinberg told Collider.
According to Heroic Hollywood, fans may finally be getting a closer look at the upcoming movie sooner than they expected. Rumor has it that the first official trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will be attached the upcoming Matt Damon feature, The Martian, which hits theaters Oct. 2. There’s also a good chance that the trailer will appear online before then.
Days of Future Past was the best reviewed X-film released to date. It was also the most recent to receive its own video game, Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past, for iOS and Android. With the exception of the smartphone game, the last official X-game was the atrocious X-Men: Destiny for the PS3 and XBox 360 in 2011. The new film trilogy has given the team more cultural cachet than they’ve seen in years.
The last X-Men game that was well received was X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, which was released ten years ago. It’s no coincidence that two of the top four best X-Men games center on battling the god-like villain, Apocalypse.
Both Marvel and Fox would be amiss to sleep on the opportunity to give fans what they want. In the meantime, however, die-hard X-fans can whet their appetites for the new film with one of the X-Men games available at Betfair’s gaming platform. Featuring the full cast marvelous mutants, it’s an interesting take on what we’ve come to expect from games featuring Professor X’s cast of superheroes. For those unfamiliar with the site, it uses the mutants’ likenesses to outfit what is an otherwise straightforward slot machine-like game. If nothing else, it’s simply intriguing to see how the characters have been translated to this medium.
As far as the story goes, we predict a healthy mix of classic comic book story arcs and new twists, not unlike the team did with Days of Future Past. If Fox can continue to learn from its successes, fans might be able to realistically expect the X-Men to compete at the box office with Marvel juggernauts such as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the previous film, we were introduced to Bishop and fans of the comics may recall the pivotal role the time-traveling mutant had in the classic 1995 storyline, Age of Apocalypse. Without getting too much into spoiler territory, the ensemble cast and characters who have been revealed perfectly set things up with hints that Angel may in fact be one of Apocalypse’s horsemen; newcomer Psylocke has also spent time as the horseman of Death in the comics.
We expect much more to be revealed when the official trailer drops which we expect any time the next few weeks. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to open May 27, 2016.