Note, SPOILERS below for X-Men: Days of Future Past - and quite possibly for X-Men: Apocalypse, too...
Now, when X-Men: Days of Future Past concluded with that nostalgic return to the future X-Mansion, with all of our favorite characters from the original trilogy restored to the X-Universe, many of us wondered whether we would - finally - get the chance to see another movie set in the universe of the original X-Trilogy.
Well, from the sounds of it, that's not all that likely to happen. James Marsden and Famke Janssen have already suggested that they're unlikely to return as Cyclops and Jean Grey - with new actors seemingly set to be cast as youthful versions of the pair in X-Men: Apocalypse.
And now, another member of the original trilogy's superheroic family has revealed he's unlikely to appear - Daniel Cudmore, a.k.a. Colossus.
Cudmore recently took to Twitter to respond to fan questions regarding his possible involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse, and from the sounds of it, it's not good news:
With Cudmore going on to address questions about the original cast returning:
...again pretty un-optimistically, before finally giving us a glimmer of hope...
...along with a hint of potentially awesome things to come:
So, that's a pretty solid 'no' to appearing in future X-Men films, then - with just the barest glimmer of a hopeful "I don't know" - but a big "yes please" to the prospect of Colossus appearing in Deadpool. Which, seeing as the Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick-penned script that did the rounds a while back featured the mutant, isn't as out there as it might seem.
So, we might yet see everyone's favorite metallic mutant back on screen...
The even bigger question for me, though?
What Does This Mean For X-Men: Apocalypse?
Well, on the surface, not too much. After all, we already knew that the movie's ties to the original Age of Apocalypse comic-book crossover event were likely to be limited, with the epic, sprawling scope of the original unlikely to transfer easily to the screen.
That being said, though, Colossus' story-line in the Age of Apocalypse was a particularly dark and complex one - which saw him leading the next generation of X-Men on what amounted to a suicide mission, along with his wife, Kitty Pryde. In the end, events forced him to become something far closer to a villain, and, in a series of some of the most heartbreaking moments in a distinctly heartbreaking crossover event.
Now, while that plot-line as a whole was always unlikely to make it into the film, many fans - myself included - had hoped to see some element of it survive, especially after the apparent relationship between Kitty and Colossus at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The absence of Colossus - and presumably therefore the vast majority of the original movies' cast - from X-Men: Apocalypse seems to suggest we'll be seeing an extremely loose adaptation of one of the X-comics' greatest story-lines. Perhaps even more so than we'd previously thought.
Which - awesome as the movie still seems likely to be - is a real shame.
What do you guys think, though?
Wish Colossus and the other original movie X-Men were going to be in X-Men: Apocalypse?
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