The X-Men film franchise has been on quite a journey over the past decade and a half. Still (technically) reboot-free after seven movies, and largely responsible for the renaissance of live-action comic book films, the X-Men are arguably one of the most successful superhero franchises to come to the big screen.
However, a lot has changed since the year 2000, and it seems that it all leads up to X-Men: Apocalypse.
The original trilogy was written before studios really understood what would make comic book adaptations so popular, and have since been criticized roundly for taking liberties with the source material. In response, Fox came out with X-Men: First Class, taking us back in time, followed by Days of Future Past, which managed to re-set the timeline and remove the original films from the franchise without needing a full reboot.
Now, with X-Men: Apocalypse, we have come full circle, returning to some of the best known and loved comic characters, including Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm.
Now, speaking to EW, director Bryan Singer confirms that Apocalypse will be wrapping up the reboot-without-actually-rebooting that began with First Class, paving the way for the best X-Men movies yet.
"This is kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. This is the true birth of the X-Men. This is how it happens."
The most recent two films have definitely felt like a long building of backstory, and a way to create a truly in-depth history of the X-Men, so it's nice to see that the pace will most likely be changing after Apocalypse.
I'm also thrilled to see the original team returning, and hopefully this means that X-Men fans will finally get the movies we deserve!
X-Men: Apocalypse comes to theaters 27th May, 2016.