Thanks to the events of Days Of Future Past, director Bryan Singer has effectively wiped the X-Men franchise slate clean, giving himself and the filmmakers to follow free range to build their stories, and even imperil their cast of characters. And don’t think that they might not kill off a superhero or two as the franchise progresses, as death (and resurrection) have long been tropes of the comic book series. I can certainly see them doing so.
And that’s something to think about going into X-Men: Apocalypse. The film brings one of the mutant superhero teams’ more popular, and deadly, foes to the big screen. Will Singer start playing with this new found freedom immediately. At some point I do expect the character of Jean Grey to bite the dust so as to kick off a version of the “Phoenix Saga” that will play out better than the weak attempt that X-Men 3 took at the material. I wouldn’t be surprised if Singer kills of Jean in this film in order to tell that story in the next one.
Here is the studio synopsis –
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
X-Men: Apocalypse stars James McAvoy, OScar Issac, michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy and will hit theaters May 27.