The X-Men Series has had its share of problems, but with [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) releasing exciting new photos and hints all the time, the outlook is hopeful for the new film. [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) reset the timeline, leaving Bryan Singer with endless possibilities for the finale of this trilogy, and multiple sequel series after Apocalypse. But can he learn from First Class' mistakes? Or are the X-Men doomed to disappear into obscurity?
Each X-Men movie heralds the introduction of a slew of new characters, fan faves from the comics or more obscure heroes. While this means the X-Men franchise has an impressive roster, the continuity is somewhat skewed (they thought we wouldn't notice they keep sneakily re-using characters, but we did). And potentially interesting characters are rarely given the screen time they need to develop, while others like Wolverine continue to hog the spotlight. With X-Men Apocalypse, Singer has the chance to break this tradition, if he seizes the opportunity.
New Photos Hint at Angel's Fight Club
We've definitely got some intriguing news from the Apocalypse set! Bryan Singer tweeted another production picture, revealing Angel in an underground Berlin fight club.
Angel is one of X-Men's most interesting characters, and has had frequent brushes with villain Apocalypse in the comics. In the upcoming film, it's been confirmed that he will be one of Apocalypse's Horsemen, along with Magneto, Psylocke, and Storm (you can read more about what Storm's villainous turn means for the film here).
With new alliances for much loved Storm, and Angel destined to switch sides, can Singer dedicate enough screen time to these characters to develop them properly?
First Class: Wasted Potential?
X-Men First Class promised a lot, but didn't perform fantastically with the box office or fans. Bringing in a new team, with intriguing new characters and a surprising twist for the former trilogy's antagonist Mystique, First Class suggested a new beginning for a dying franchise.
The young team were interesting, and having Xavier's first X-Men switch sides to join Magneto at the end gave us lots of possibilities for a sequel developing the characters like Banshee and Angel Salvadore.
Yet as Bryan Singer took the helm of the franchise once more in Days of Future Past, these characters were eliminated in one fell swoop. While their deaths prompted a darker turn for Mystique, giving her some development, their lack of depth in First Class meant that as an audience we just didn't care. Is this how X-Men will continue: taking much loved comics characters to make them disposable in the films?
Rebirth in Apocalypse
Keen to revitalise the X-Men story, Bryan Singer is promising that X-Men Apocalypse will mark a new beginning for the franchise.
"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."
This could be just what the films need: instead of focusing on the same old characters over and over, while others like Blink flash by in cameos, maybe Singer will give Storm, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Jubilee enough depth in Apocalypse so they can carry the story for the inevitable post-Apocalypse films.
And with franchise giant Wolverine finally leaving the movies, closely followed by Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, Bryan Singer's got a challenge ahead of him to find a character interesting enough to lead the films, with the star power to pull in audiences. With Channing Tatum ready to wow audiences with Gambit, he may well hold the key to the future of X-Men.
But what do you think: can Singer give his new versions of much loved character the screen time they deserve? Or will Magneto and Xavier yet again dominate the story? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!