Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM | Labeled as , , ,

Editorial Note: This was written back in October 2013, which was two months before X-Men: Apocalypse was announced. Should have published it because I was dead-on with this prediction. I obviously found this editorial draft still pending and waiting to be published, so I am posting it as it was written months ago for your reading pleasure.

Longtime X-Men fan, director Bryan Singer, has proclaimed his fandom of the mutant world than most casual fans realize. He loves the "outsider" concept of mutants in the Marvel comic universe so much that he directed the first two X-Men movies, which helped jump start the superhero movie genre back in the early 2000s.

Singer has written, directed and/or produced several of 20th Century Fox's X-themed films including: X-Men (director), X2: X-Men United (director) and X-Men First Class (wrote story concept, producer). Now, he is in post-production for the latest mutant ensemble movie for a 2014 Memorial Day weekend release with X-Men Days of Future Past.

The plot of the next X-Men movie is loosely based on the comic book story of the same name. This means two different time lines and time travel. Singer has, in the past, implied that Days of Future Past will help create a singular and cohesive X-Men movie universe for Fox moving forward. This also means using cast members from his older X-Men franchises and the First Class reboot, in Days of Future Past. Two different X-Men franchises being combined into one timeline means lots of actors. Seriously, a ton.

With two Charles Xavier's and two Magneto's—both young and old—along with Wolverine, Beast, Shadowcat, Mystique, Iceman, Colossus, Bishop, etc., the list goes on and on. This isn't a problem, in fact, it's a good thing to have so many wonderful actors together in the same film and Fox and Singer seem to be taking a page out of Marvel Studios' book by assembling such a large cast of actors in one movie.

When X-Men Days of Future Past ends it should be setting up more movies or more events beyond the 2014 release of Days of Future Past. A new singular, cohesive timeline for the X-Men franchise equates to a new chance at getting things right, rebooting some mutants who need it and moving forward in a unified direction. If this means copying Marvel Studios, so what... because that franchise outline works.

The X-Men are perfect for a similar movie universe mold and X-Men Days of Future Past should be the start of. Maybe a Cyclops and Jean Grey movie is next, or another Wolverine movie (which has already been confirmed to be in development now), or an X-Force film (which is in development right now too), or followed by a Nightcrawler solo outing or perhaps a Colossus and Shadowcat team-up film. The list of possible films (and/or spin-off movies) can go on. It can work as long as Fox chooses the right mutants or team of mutants to put into new films. Then after a couple years, the X-Men get back together for another ensemble movie.

When you consider all of this which could include an X-Force team (2015 release perhaps?), it all leads back to an even bigger ensemble crossover movie with everyone versus Apocalypse. It really can't get more epic for Fox's Marvel movie franchise than to eventually have all their hero properties fighting off the one mutant villain who has been ignored so far. Add Mister Sinister to the mix and Fox will have X-fans drooling like a rabid animal.

That is if Fox is listening of course. Fans are still crossing their fingers that this happens.

Final Editorial Note: X-Men: Apocalypse is due out in theaters on May 27, 2016.