The events of X-Men: Days of Future Past reset the X-Men film franchise’s timeline from the first trilogy to its Wolverine spinoffs. With Deadpool and Gambit now separate entities that exist in the same universe as the X-Men, there is a strong possibility that crossovers could happen — at least it’s more likely to happen than a crossover with the Fantastic Four.
X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg is over at the Toronto International Film Festival to help promote The Martian, and he teased such an idea, saying “there will be interplay between different characters in different movies.” Check out all of his comments on the possible crossover below.
In an interview with MTV, Kinberg talked about how Days Of Future Past made a Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men crossover a possibility:
“The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after ‘Days of Future Past’ in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change from ‘X1,’ ‘2,’ ‘3,’ everything from ‘Days of Future Past’ forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon”¦So the ‘Gambit’ movie, the ‘Deadpool’ movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in ‘Days of Future Past’ and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist within the same rules”¦There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.”
When dealing with time travel and connective universes, it helps that you remember which event had an effect on which character. While something like that isn’t easy to remember, Kinberg says he does “have it sort of tattooed on my brain now too”¦Nothing external, so that if I get knocked over the head, no one can read it.” It also isn’t on a wall or anything like that, but he does say that it is on his computer. According to him, his team has “a clear sense of the directions we want to take them in and in my mind at least, how we could start to cross-pollinate sort of with those characters that have their standalone movies.”
Moving on to X-Men: Apocalypse, the first reactions to the look of the titular villain have been negative, some even calling him the second coming of Ivan Ooze. Which is a bit strange considering that the X-Men films have deviated from their iconic costumes for a more grounded look. But Kinberg had an explanation for that,
“I feel like we have been, the ‘X-Men’ franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think ‘Days of Future Past’ with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past,” he said. “We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the center of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you, say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”
Interesting, I never really thought of Apocalypse as cosmic. But as long as Oscar Issac can deliver a killer performance playing an iconic villain, I’m sure fans can look past the flaws of Apocalypse’s look.
Fox will release X-Men: Apocalypse into theaters on May 16th, 2016; Deadpool opens February 12th, 2016; Gambit will be released on October 7th, 2016.