Since First Class effectively did a soft reboot on the entire X-Men franchise, the series has spun its stories out across several eras. That 2011 flick turned back the clock to the 1960s, Days of Future Past picked up in the 1970s and this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse is set to reign destruction down upon the 1980s. Logic suggests that the next installment might continue that decade-hopping trend, which producer Simon Kinberg confirmed during an interview with Coming Soon.
“The next one is set in the ’90s,” he tells the site, giving us the first solid piece of intel on the X-Men’s next big screen adventure. Well, we think he’s referring to the Apocalypse sequel; Kinberg doesn’t specifically mention the main X-Men series. It could be that he actually meant one of the many spin-offs in the pipeline.
The most likely candidate would be Josh Boone’s New Mutants. Similar to First Class in that it revolves around a bunch of…. yep, new mutants, it’s rumored that two Apocalypse characters will be in attendance: Alexandra Shipp’s Storm and James MacAvoy’s Professor X. If Boone’s movie works like an in-universe bridge between the main X-Men films, it might make sense that it’d carry on into the 90s. There’s also X-Force, a mutant team led by Deadpool, who are getting their own R-rated adaptation at some point. With Apocalypse due to open this month, we can expect to hear more about the future of the franchise, and hopefully that includes some clarification on Kinberg’s tantalising little teaser.
Directed by Bryan Singer and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Jackman, X-Men: Apocalypse will now be released in UK cinemas on May 18, 2016.