'X-Men: Apocalypse' Will Close 'First Class' Trilogy

Simon Kinberg says the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' sequel will give more depths to Prof. X and Magneto's friendship as well as Beast and Mystique's romance.

AceShowbiz - Simon Kinberg teases "X-Men: Apocalypse". The writer/producer reveals that the upcoming eighth installment of the franchise will conclude the story that began in "X-Men: First Class", directed by Matthew Vaughn in 2011.

"I will say that [Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those 'First Class' characters, which isn't to say we won't see them in future movies, hopefully we will," Kinberg told Collider, "but it's a completion of an arc for them."

He explained the focus in the next entry, "I think that the friendship between Erik and Charles, which has always been so integral to the franchise, is something we're continuing to explore and hopefully deepen with Apocalypse. And the relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn't have a lot of time to explore in 'Days of Future Past', so we'll have an opportunity to do more of that in 'Apocalypse'."

"Part of what's really interesting about Mystique's character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles," he continued. "She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too."

The upcoming movie is due in the U.S. on May 27, 2016. Bryan Singer returns behind the lens. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and Evan Peters are back as Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine and Quicksilver. Younger version of Storm, Cyclops and Jean will join the crew as well.

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