Fans of the "X-Men" movies who thought that news earlier in the week that Cyclops and Jean grey were going to be recast will be blown away by even bigger news - virtually every scene in the films that's not from "X-Men: First Class" or " [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942)" will no longer be part of the X-movie continuity.
X-Men: Apocalypse" will not only be a film featuring the X-men versus their most dangerous and powerful adversaries - it will truly mark the end of the X-Men as we've known them on the big screen.
When Simon Kinberg sat down for an interview with Yahoo, he revealed that "X-men: Days of Future Past" really did clean the slate of the past X-Men movies - with Apocalypse coming in to finish the job!
In the interview, Kinberg makes it pretty clear what the X-braintrust's goal is for " [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267)":
“We changed the timeline for everything that came after ‘DOFP’ – so ‘X-Men 1’, 2 and 3, even ‘The Wolverine’. So Jean [Grey] was not killed in ‘Last Stand’, nor was Scott, and a whole lot of other things rippled…
“The thrust of ‘Apocalypse’ is really to complete the trilogy we began with ‘First Class’ – to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds…[and who] we’ve followed through the span of decades. So that’ll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven’t seen…ever…but it’ll be the completion of what we began in ‘First Class’.”
While it may be disappointing to some that popular films like "X2" are no longer going to be in the official film continuity, those films are still available for those who want them. it also removes all the events from "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" from the official continuity.
Since Jean Grey never died in the new film continuity, it also means "The Wolverine" never happened either.
So where will the film series go now that so much of the film continuity has been discarded and the "First Class Trilogy" will be over after "Apocalypse"? Where do you think it should go? Please feel free to discuss.