[X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) did something daring and amazing when it was released in 2014. It took the characters from the original X-Men Trilogy (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand) and rebooted them within the movie itself. The time traveling superhero adventure sent the character of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 to stop the mutant Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating mutant-eliminating Sentinel creator Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). By doing this, it effectively erased the first 3 X films and reset the timeline. But more importantly, It helped us to forget the events of X-Men: The Last Stand actually occurred.
Now with [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) approaching release, fans have no clue where their favorite mutantteam fates lie. When Singer was asked about his new concept of approaching this new prequel/reboot, Singer said this: (Source: Den of Geek)
“The prequel, you don’t know where it’s going and yet you do kind of know where you want it to go, where you want to see those characters end up, and that’s the beauty of it, of Days of Future Past, of what it did for me. That’s why I fought so hard to make sure we have Hank McCoy talk about the theory of time’s immutability, because that defines what I’m doing with this universe and with these prequels to X1, 2 and 3, which are erased—or are they not?”
The character Apocalypse is a big time villain in the X-Men universe. He is pretty much the be all and end all big bad, like Thanos and Darkseid for the Marvel and D.C. cinematic universes respectively. While we have always had plenty of mutant- on -mutant conflict in the films, they have mostly focused on the discrimination of mutants from humans. Apocalypse is focused on putting the world in order. Singer says: (Source: IGN)
“The way I describe him the most, the best is he to me is the God of the Old Testament and all that comes with that. If there isn’t the order and the worship then I’ll open up the Earth and swallow you whole, and that was the God of the Old Testament. I started from there and when Oscar and I met we began discussing, since he isn’t really God, he’s the first mutant perhaps, but he’s not God necessarily, he’s imbued with certain unique powers. Some of them may or may not be from this Earth, we don’t know.”
The introduction of a character like Apocalypse, that could have powers rooted from another world, could be the beginning of a larger story Singer is getting ready to tell. Could Singer be setting the stage to tell a proper Phoenix saga story? The story is a heavy galactic masterpiece that could easily span across a new trilogy. It would also introduce film fans to some of the X-men's more otherworldly characters i.e. the Shi'ar empire.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to wrap up the storyline that began with First Class, which is looking like it will end with the formation of a version of the classic team fans are most familiar with. Now we just have to wait and see if the studio will give the fans a story line that's out of this world.