The entire world of the X-Men movie universe is definitely strange and a lot to understand by normal movie goers. What started out as a pretty linear storyline in the first three “X-Men” movies went into prequels starting with “X-Men: First Class” and then introduced alternate timelines thanks to “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” That last movie really changed the game and it will get even better with “X-Men: Apocalypse.” According to Comic Book Resources on Thursday, “X-Men” director Bryan Singer said that anything can happen in the movie universe now.
To explain things to mainstream movie audiences, the way that the storyline from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” worked is that when Wolverine went back in time to change an event that led to the basic apocalypse and Mutant war he changed the past. However, like most good time travel movies, that past created a new future, while the old timeline where everything went bad still existed as well in an alternate universe.
In the comics, that is how popular characters like Cable was introduced. Well, with the new “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailers showing James McAvoy with the famous bald head and wheelchair of Professor X for the first time, it looked like it was heading back into the direction of the original trilogy. However, with the past changed, that means that the original trilogy no longer takes place in this world.
It is confusing even for some long-time comic book readers. While not everything was completely changed, Singer said that enough was changed to make the future of the movies different than what fans saw in the past.
“You can’t fully change the course or current of the river, but you can just divert it a little bit, and we diverted it a little bit,” Singer said. So some things will be surprises.” He then went on to mention that people could die that were alive in the first three “X-Men” movies but others could survive who died. The most likely for that is Cyclops, who was killed off-screen in the third movie.
The latest X-Men movie, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” hits theaters on May 27, 2016. It stars James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, and more.