Comic-Con has so far seen some exciting features for Warner Bros.’ Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but one film that’s been totally silent so far is Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Planned to follow this summer’s Days of Future Past, the superhero film will find members of the X-Men dealing with the incredibly powerful ancient mutant known as Apocalypse.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg was pretty good about keeping Apocalypse off the menu at a panel for Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, though one question about whether the Four Horsemen would be familiar faces or brand-new mutants did elicit a response. Kinberg noted that a lot is still up in the air for Apocalypse, and he even gave us insight into a late-game change for Days of Future Past:
“I cannot answer your question, but they are ones we have seen before if you have read the comics. I cannot answer that. I know the answer to it, but we are still in the formal stages of figuring that out. But in truth, like everything you are developing a TV show or a movie, it could change. So I wouldn’t want to tell you one thing, and then six months from now you read somebody getting cast, oh because some focus group told them that this character was no good and it really is things change. Especially in Days of Future Past, the Quicksilver character was a young Juggernaut. When Bryan [Singer] came on, he thought the Juggeranut has already been exploited, and he didn’t think it was fresh enough. We went down the list of who is another mutant that could help Magneto escape in that sequence that could be a new visual, and he got excited about Quicksilver, because he saw this high speed photography that he wanted to use, and that became the kitchen sequence. That’s high speed photography is based on YouTube clips that Bryan had seen. You just may never know, and that was a late game decision to cast young Juggernaut. There will be Four Horsemen I can tell you that.”
It’s interesting to hear that Quicksilver almost didn’t make the cut in Days of Future Past, seeing as his scene was hands down the best in the movie. Hopefully once Kinberg and co. get some stuff squared away for X-Men: Apocalypse, we’ll hear about it – though there’s still a long while until the film’s planned May 27th, 2016 release date.