Bryan Singer's continuing desire for the fans to forget X-Men 3: The Last Stand ever existed (i.e. - the one original cast X-Men movie he didn't direct, and let some fat wanker direct instead) looks likely to do some heavy shit with his next two films.
As said in EW this week, much of X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27) will centre around a young Jean Grey's struggles to come to terms (with eventually being killed off in GOT) and with her crazy evolving powers, which in the comics ultimately lead her to becoming the Dark Phoenix.
Going one step further, Heroic Hollywood's own sources (yeah, let's see where this goes claimed days later that The Dark Phoenix saga will follow Apocalypse as Singer's next X-Men movie. So essentially, Singer will be giving The Last Stand another lick of do-over celluloid.
Should we take it as a fact though, mate?
As you'll may or may not remember, that awful movie focused on a watered down, thinly veiled adaptation of the seminal classic storyline that left many comic book fans and Singer himself upset at how events and characters were portrayed.
He's since spent the best part of this decade fixing those wrongs; producing and conceptualising the X-Men: First Class reboot that took the saga back to the 60s with a whole new cast, then following that up with X-Men: Days Of Future Past that utilisied Hugh Jackman's time-traveling Wolverine to bridge Singer's old cast and new one together to erase past mistakes and effectively wipe X-Men 3: The Last Stand from continuity and give the saga a whole new clean slate to play with.
His soon to be released X-Men: Apocalypse looks to re-introduce younger versions of the X-Men he originally brought to the screen (new versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Nightcrawler, etc) and it now looks like he's still not done with his patch-up work.
Here's what they say.
Producer Simon Kinberg (who himself as co-screenwriter was partly responsible for the Dark Phoenix failure in X-Men 3) teased IGN that further do-overs were ok;
“I think everything that hasn’t been told from First Class and Days of Future Past is up for grabs going forward, so it would absolutely be a story we could tell in a different way,”
Singer himself told EW about Jean Grey;
“And Jean -- she has not only her telekenisis and her telepathy but she also knows inherently that something darker and more powerful is growing inside her and she doesn’t quite know what it is".
One key thing to remember is that Singer is a huge fan of the 90s X-Men animated tv series and that's where he first fell in love with the universe and not the Marvel Comics, so expect the re-telling of the saga to be heavily influenced by that;
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