Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Calling It a “Disaster Movie, Extinction Level Event”

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is off to a grand start with a $90+ million opening weekend, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg is already looking ahead to the follow-up film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  He’ll reteam with director Bryan Singer on the next X film, which aims to follow through with the timeline-altering events of the current mutant movie.  There’s a lot to keep track of over the entire slate of X-Men films, but it feels like the universe is ready to leave some of the confusion behind and move forward in a big way with the inclusion of what is arguably the comic series’ biggest bad.

Kinberg not only talked about the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it leads into X-Men: Apocalypse, he also commented on which characters will carry over and how they’ll impact the story, as well as the ambitious “extinction level event” they have planned.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say, but mind the spoilers.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: What Did You Think?

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The marketplace has become rather saturated with superhero movies, but it’s sometimes easy to forget that X-Men acted as one of the godfathers of the modern superhero genre with the release of Bryan Singer’s first film in 2000.  The franchise is now seven films deep, and while most film series would become fatigued at that point, the last few X-Men movies have been some of the strongest yet.  This weekend’s time-travel-infused X-Men: Days of Future Past continues that trend and brings Singer back to the franchise that he created over a decade ago, and the result is a thrilling, colorful adventure that bridges the gap between the original cast and their younger counterparts.  While the pic didn’t eclipse First Class as my favorite of the bunch, I found Days of Future Past to be a whole lot of fun.  The chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender continues to be fantastic (the casting in this franchise is top-notch), and Hugh Jackman once again proves that he is the heart and soul of the X-Men series.

Matt’s already offered his take on the film in his review, but now we want to hear from you.  What did you think of the latest installment in the X-Men franchise?  Sound off with your thoughts on the movie in the comments after the jump.

Here’s a Look at That X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Deleted Scene Featuring Rogue and Magneto

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When the cast for X-Men: Days of Future Past was getting announced and more and more original castmembers were confirmed to be returning, some fans wondered how director Bryan Singer was going to fit so many characters into one film.  As many surmised, the primary focus of Days of Future Past is on the First Class characters in the 1970s, with a frame story set up in the Sentinel-overrun future.  As Singer and editor John Ottman were working to refine the movie, it was inevitable that some material was going to be cut, and screenwriter Simon Kinberg previously confirmed that a sequence involving the future-set rescue of Anna Paquin’s Rogue was cut.

Now that the film has hit theaters and we’ve had a chance to see what made the finished film, we can see that this deleted Rogue sequence was actually teased in the very first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The full scene will likely be on the Blu-ray, but for now we’ve screengrabbed the image and included the video after the jump, along with Kinberg’s description of the scene in question and why it was cut. 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Post-Credits Scene Explained

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It’s become commonplace for big studio tentpoles to tack on an extra scene at the end of the movie teasing either a future character or plot point, and director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is no different.  The X-Men franchise has been going (mostly) strong for over a decade now, and Days of Future Past was a massive undertaking from start to finish, combining the original X-Men cast with their younger counterparts from First Class into a big, time-travel heavy feature to thrilling results.  There were a number of different ways Singer and Fox could have gone with the post-credits scene, but the idea they settled on was quite an exciting tease for fans of the franchise.

If you’ve seen Days of Future Past and found yourself scratching your head after the end credits scene, we’ve got you covered.  Hit the jump as we explain exactly what was going on and what it means for the future of the series.  Obviously, spoilers for X-Men: Days of Future Past follow.

Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker Talk X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE and Next WOLVERINE Solo Movie, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.  They talked about checking Twitter after the first press screening, the length of the first cut, who they invite to their friends and family screenings, how they’d like to shoot  X-Men: Apocalypse and the next Wolverine solo movie back-to-back, the status of other Fox properties like X-Force, New Mutants and Deadpool, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review

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As I’ve re-watched all of the X-Men movies over the past week, it’s been a little difficult to nail down a common theme, especially since two of them are spin-offs.  Ignoring the Wolverine movies, the plots are similar: mutants-vs-humans mixed with mutants-vs-mutants with an emphasis on how to deal with persecution.  Xavier always wants peace, but from Magneto’s perspective, he’s tried assimilation (X-Men), annihilation (X2), mobilization (X-Men: The Last Stand), and retribution (X-Men: First Class).  But thus far we’ve only seen a nebulous notion of “Peace Is Good” from Professor X.  X-Men: Days of Future Past brings substance to Xavier’s beliefs and brings a new characteristic to the series: salvation.  Although this approach mostly removes the ensemble aspect I’ve enjoyed in these movies, the latest X-Men has the most admirable values thus far.  And while the action, pacing, and visuals aren’t quite as sharp as a couple of the other movies, director Bryan Singer has still managed to reclaim the series’ past, present, and future.

Peter Dinklage Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Great Cast of Actors, Script Changes During Production, Comic-Con, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Peter Dinklage.  He talked about immediately saying yes when he was offered the role, how the film is filled with great actors, script changes during production, his experience at last year’s Comic-Con promoting X-Men and Game of Thrones, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

“A Samurai without a Master”: Matt Revisits THE WOLVERINE

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Personally, I like it when the X-Men work as a team.  When I first tuned in to watch the animated TV series as a kid, I didn’t know superheroes could work in more than a team of two (Batman and Robin were the limit).  And having a big team meant that I could be a part of the adventure as long as I liked one of the characters.  The X-Men were outsiders, but they were a group of outsiders, and together they could fight giant robots, talking pterodactyls, intergalactic civil war, and plenty of other problems that we all face on a daily basis.

Logan has always been the character in between two worlds—the loner who’s a valuable part of the team (and when I look across comic book covers today, he’s apparently on every team).  In his second shot at a spin-off he truly broke off from the team, and although the film was the furthest departure from the X-Men world so far, The Wolverine was still tethered to the franchise’s past; it also managed to serve as a comment on our blockbuster present.

Simon Kinberg “Regrets” Where X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Ended Up; Confirms Quicksilver for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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In my look back at X-Men: The Last Stand, I noted that it wasn’t an awful film as much as it’s a frustrating one since it’s trying to pursue two storylines: “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and another about the mutant “cure”.  Simon Kinberg, who wrote the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and co-wrote The Last Stand, also isn’t completely pleased with the 2006 film.  Specifically, he regrets “that “The Dark Phoenix story wasn’t the primary story of the movie.”  He goes on to tell say that he regrets where The Last Stand ended up, but like the characters in Days of Future Past, he now has an opportunity to right a past wrong.  “It’s sort of a chance for me to go back and do differently what I did ten years ago on ‘X3‘,” says Kinberg.

Hit the jump for more including a brief update on the next X-Men movie, X-Men: ApocalypseX-Men: Days of Future Past opens on Friday.

“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Challenge of Assembling the Cast, Deleted Scenes, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, FANTASTIC FOUR, and More

by     Posted 121 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg.  He talked about the challenges of making Days of Future Past, if he was nervous about certain cast members not returning for the sequel, deleted scenes, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Talk X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Ambition of the Sequel, Future X-MEN Movies, the PROMETHEUS Sequel, More

by     Posted 122 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a great video interview with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.  They talked about the ambition of the sequel, signing a multi-picture deal to play the characters, future movies, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

“I’m Just the Fool Who Got Played”: Matt Revisits X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Since X-Men: The Last Stand killed Cyclops and Jean, half-killed Professor X, and weakened Magneto, the trilogy had concluded not because it was narratively fulfilled, but because it was exhausted.  There was no place left for the X-Men to go, but fans knew that Wolverine’s story had plenty of places to visit, most notably, his origin.  X2 gave causal viewers enough information to figure out what happened to Logan, but fans knew there was far more to his story.  The movie lined up not only the Weapon X narrative, but also provided fan-favorite characters such Deadpool and Gambit.

But behind-the-scenes disasters and an abominable script weakened Wolverine and the franchise more than a revolver full of adamantium bullets.

“Born into a World Divided”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Even if Bryan Singer had returned to direct the third X-Men movie, X2 would have been a tough act to follow.  However, he hinted at a clear path forward, or at least enough of a hint that it allowed fans to imagine what could have been.  When Singer decided to direct Superman Returns instead, he left a sequel in limbo.  Fox was going to move forward with or without him, and it was a bumpy road just to put someone in the director’s chair let alone find a way to get the right script.  Even with these issues, X-Men: The Last Stand isn’t a disaster.  If X2 didn’t exist and this was the direct sequel to 2000′s X-Men, it would be on par.  But X2 raised expectations, and in The Last Stand‘s attempt to pursue two potentially great plotlines, it reduces the impact of both.

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