This long weekend just past, Fox's latest installment of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, opened to a sizable $80 million domestically. In the midst of mixed reviews, fans far and wide are debating the future of the series.
Long at the helm of the X-Men universe stands Bryan Singer — who directed X-Men, X2, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, as well as co-produced First Class with Simon Kinberg. This morning, news surfaced that Singer would be taking a small step back from the X-Men franchise for the foreseeable future.
In his interview with the Los Angeles Times, he qualified his statement, saying he may still come back in some capacity, but he'll take a break from directing for the time being.
"Perhaps as a consultant, as a producer, even as a director, I could see myself returning in the future. Just right now, once this one is done, I’d like to do something really different."
In another interview with the Empire podcast, Singer might have given a slight indication of what could entice him back to the franchise. When he was asked if he would consider making a standalone movie about Mystique, he seemed to toy with the idea:
“People have asked if I’d do a standalone [movie about Mystique]. I think she’s right. — She has that view of the world.”
From First Class to Apocalypse, there has been a definite shift in Jennifer Lawrence's character. In this latest film, she finally grew into her own and stepped up in a leadership role for the younger mutants. By the closing credits it certainly had her primed for a more central role, if the studio decides to go that route.
Lawrence has been pretty open about her dislike of the Mystique makeup, but she seemed to be changing her tune a bit as of late. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this month, she said she loves the character, but she has to take her busy schedule and other projects into consideration:
“I would love to come back. I love the fans and I love the character. But then you realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. I shouldn’t be that honest.”
Maybe a standalone movie would be enough to keep JLaw on as Raven/Mystique. I guess only time will tell.
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently playing in theaters everywhere.