If you didn't much care for X-Men: The Last Stand (Or X3, as it's known to some), then I have some good news for you: It's increasingly looking like Bryan Singer, director of both the first two X-Movies, the recent X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, doesn't consider it to be anything even remotely approaching canon.
The reason for that particular suspicion? The '90s-set X-Men: Apocalypse is steadily adding a number of classic X-Men characters who - if The Last Stand remains canon - wouldn't be close to adulthood at that time. Now, sure, Days of Future Past wiped a whole lot of what we saw from ever having happened - but the odds of whole X-Characters appearing with the same names and identical powers ten years earlier because of those changes? Pretty slim...
Putting the temporal kerfuffles aside, though, there's some seriously great news being hidden by all of that canon-shifting. We heard a few days back that Jubilee will be returning to the big screen, and now:
Yet Another Classic X-Men Hero Is Set to Return
Or, at least, that's what Bryan Singer sure seems to be saying to us on his Instagram...
...because let's be honest - that is absolutely, positively, no-doubt-about it the Angel, a.k.a. Warren Worthington III, last seen back in...X-Men: The Last Stand, being played by Ben Foster:
Which, for fans of the original, 1960s X-Men line-up - which featured Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel, Beast and Iceman - seems like seriously great news, since we're now set to see at least three of them on screen together, something that The Last Stand's cruel Cyclops-murdering stopped us from seeing back in 2006.
What Does This Mean for Angel, Though?
Well - should Singer's production art actually find its way into the finished movie - this'd also be a chance for the X-Movies to bring a more authentic version of Angel to the big screen. Despite Ben Foster being an excellent actor, his take on the hero was always a little hamstrung by being The Last Stand's designated 'troubled mutant.' Which, sure, Warren was in the comics, too - but not until much later in his superhero-ing career, when he was transformed by Apocalypse (yup...more on that in a minute) into Archangel:
Back when he was plain old Angel, though? He was a free-wheeling, light-hearted bachelor, winging his way though his immense inheritance, joining various superhero teams as he went.
His appearance, though, could also have wider consequences for the whole plot of X-Men: Apocalypse - and the X-Movies as a whole.
What does Angel's Arrival Mean for X-Men: Apocalypse?
Well, more than anything else, it suggests the arrival of the aforementioned Archangel, Warren's modern alter-ego, the result of Apocalypse genetically altering the hero to make him into one of his Four Horsemen: Death...
Which, if Angel does indeed turn up in X-Men: Apocalypse, seems an extremely likely plot development for us to see on screen. In part because of Archangel's legendary status in modern X-History, but also because he has a huge part to play in the recent, Deadpool and Wolverine-featuring X-Force comics, on which a future X-Force movie has been rumored to be somewhat based.
So, if we do soon see a young actor cast as Angel? (Ben Hardy, whose casting was recently announced, perhaps?) Don't be too surprised if they find themselves added to another X-Franchise not too long after...
What do you think, though?