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Next X-MEN Film Will Take Place in the 90’s

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 10:09 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Bryan Singer’s initial and highly influential adaptations of Marvel’s X-Men were contemporary stories set in the early 2000s. Then, with the arrival of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, the title mutants returned to their comic book roots in the 1960s with a new cast of characters that served to introduce the superheroes and supervillains from their very origins. The two out-of-sync franchises famously crossed timelines in Singer’s 70s-set X-Men: Days of Future Past which established that the two realities are quite distinct. But as fans look ahead to the possible end of the world (and the 1980s) in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, others still are looking beyond that film’s May 27th release (in the U.S.) to find out whatever they can about the next, inevitable X-movie.

x-men-apocalypse-final-poster-405x600As CS reports from the press junket of Apocalypse, the next X-Men film will be firmly set in the 1990s, per producer Simon Kinberg. Yes, the decade in which the animated series captured the attention and imagination of every Saturday morning cartoon-watcher, and the decade that saw the explosion of Marvel’s revamped comic line. But before you get excited and start thumbing through your memory of those 90s-era stories, keep in mind that Kinberg might have been referencing writer-director Josh Boone’s upcoming X-Men: The New Mutants movie, which is currently in development.

Another movie that seems tailor-made to take place in the 90s is the direct follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse, a film that will presumably see the younger heroes–Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp)–stepping up to the plate under the guiding hand and mind of Professor X (James McAvoy). The curious thing about a 90s-set X-Men film with this cast is that they’ll have united to (again, presumably) defeat Apocalypse, arguably the franchise’s most infamous, notorious, and deadly foe. Where could the team possibly go from there? We’ll likely get a better picture of the future of the X-franchise once Apocalypse opens later this month.

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