8 Ways To Fix The X-Men Franchise After Apocalypse

8) Stop Jumping Forward A Decade With Each Movie

This should be a no-brainer. Every time the First Class series of X-Men movies moves forward a decade, the more farcical it all looks. We’re 21 years on from First Class, and funnily enough the cast still only look five years older. Already the plan is to set the next entry in the series in the 90s, at which point the original First Class crew would be comfortably into their 50s and 60s. Unless they actually try to age the actors next time, X-Men: 1993 is potentially going to look ridiculous.

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Not only that, but the changing period setting is beginning to look like a gimmick, with empty references in Apocalypse to Return of the Jedi and other nuggets of 80s pop culture. Why not just stick around in the 80s for a while now, at least so the actors catch up a bit to their characters’ ages? Or why not even take the First Class team back to the 60s or 70s for a spinoff, and explore stories we missed there when we jumped ahead? They at least all still look young enough to jump back in time a little.