“This is kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. This is the true birth of the X-Men. This is how it happens.”
So says Bryan Singer, director of 4 ‘X-Men’ films over the past 16 years, who recently announced that this would be his final film in the franchise. His first two films, ‘X-Men’ and ‘X2’ launched the franchise, not to mention the current super-hero trend back in the early 2000s, and would be followed by a few middling entries into the franchise before Matthew Vaughn’s soft reboot in ‘X-Men: First Class,’ which itself was followed by Singer’s return to the director’s chair in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ which united the original cast with the new players and rebooted the timeline to make possible yet another soft-reboot which will occur in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’
According to Singer’s comments, the film has a lot of work to do. It has to make good on the promises from ‘Days of Future Past’ which showed the entire team back together and still alive in the future, as well as deliver another high-quality blockbuster that can stand on its own even if someone had never seen a previous ‘X-Men’ film. It also has to conclude, in a satisfying manner, all of the story lines and characters that Singer has developed all of these years, and most difficult of all, it has to launch the real team Singer spoke of when he said the film would show “the true birth of the X-Men” and set up the franchise for future entries once Singer has stepped down.
Can Singer pull all of that off? Most would say not to bet against the man who has yet to deliver a bad ‘X-Men’ film, and it seems 20th Century Fox is banking on him succeeding spectacularly, especially since they are expanding the ‘X-Men’ universe with next year’s ‘Deadpool‘ and ‘Gambit‘ movies.
What are your thoughts on the end of the Singer ‘X-Men’ era? Are you excited to see where the franchise goes from here? Or do you think its all downhill from this point onward? Let us know your thoughts below!