I’ve been an X-Men fan for a long time, so I was excited to hear that the newest film installment in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, will be released in two years. While X-Men: Days of Future Past is still in theaters and the release date for X-Men: Apocalypse is far off, a number of tantalizing details about the plot of the new movie have already emerged. In an interview, the author of the script, Simon Kinberg, has stated that the film will differ significantly from other installments. Because of the new mutant villain Apocalypse, the film will be more like a disaster movie, as his powers are apparently enough to wipe out humanity. If you saw X-Men: Days of Future Past and stayed through the end credits, you already caught a glimpse of Apocalypse as a boy, assembling the Great Pyramids of Egypt through telekinesis as crowds of people bowed down to him.
In the interview, Kinberg says that Apocalypse will not simply enter the movie as a symbol of evil. He plans to develop Apocalypse’s mentality and philosophy. Kinberg wants the audience to understand the villain’s motivation and perhaps even consider if the havoc he wreaks is justified. This kind of character development has been present from the very beginning of the X-Men franchise in the character of Magneto, whose actions are a direct response to the discrimination that mutants received from humans. Similar to Magneto, Apocalypse will be a character who proselytizes and attempts to convert even some of the most popular X-Men to his side.
Leaked information has also suggested that four other new characters will appear in X-Men: Apocalypse as “The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse”: Archangel, Exodus, Holocaust, and Selene. These four were also glimpsed during the end credits scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Perhaps even more exciting are the rumors that my personal favorite X-Man Gambit might appear in the new movie. Channing Tatum recently signed a deal to star as Gambit in a spinoff, but Kinberg hasn’t confirmed whether he might also appear as a character in an X-Men film. Instead of including him as an afterthought, Kinberg said that he wants Gambit to have a central role and a very specific reason to be in whichever film introduces him to the franchise.