Which X-Men film is Simon Kinberg Setting Up After X-Men: Apocalypse?

The London premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse already has people talking of where the ‘X-Men’ franchise will go next. Despite the early reviews being overly negative on X-Men: Apocalypse, it appears though Producer of the film, Simon Kinberg is already planning the next installment in the ‘X-Men’ franchise. And the new installment is set to take place in the ’90s.

'92 Animated X-Men series.

’92 Animated X-Men series.

In a report by Collider, Simon Kinberg commented during the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse on the state of the next mainstream film in the ‘X-Men’ franchise. Noting his intention to place the film during the timeline of the ’90s. That conception would coincide with the two most recent installments in X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: Days of Future Past depicting particular eras of time. Being that X-Men: Days of Future Past (2015) took place in the ’70s and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is set to take place during the ’80s. It’s logical that Simon Kinberg is planning on the next installment to occur during the ’90s, by chronological simplicity. However, we don’t know anything about the new film. The only information we can confirm is that Simon Kinberg intends for the film to be based out of the ’90s. We can only speculate on what Kinberg’s plans are for the new film after that.

X-Men: DOFP. Rogue Cut.

X-Men: DOFP. Rogue Cut.

Accounting for X-Men: The New Mutants, there’s already another ‘X-Men’ film in development. But The New Mutants probably isn’t the film Simon Kinberg is talking about, wherein he intends the timeline to occur during the ’90s. The chronological nature of the past two ‘X-Men’ films implies that Kinberg’s next production will still exist within the ‘X-Men’ universe which was first introduced in X-Men: First Class (2011). The latest image released from X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) gives us a look at the fully formed team of X-Men, which could mean they’re all suited up for Simon Kinberg’s next ‘X-Men’ film in development.

X-Men: Apocalypse. Team Assembles.

X-Men: Apocalypse. Team Assembles.

The image of the X-Men above closely resembles the classic lineup of the X-Men team, without Wolverine that is. But if the classic suits and full team image aren’t enough to indicate where Simon Kinberg intends to send his team of X-Men to next, then we have to go back to Kinberg’s comments on the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse. Kinberg also attempted to placate fans of the ’90s, animated series of the X-Men, whom expect to see the next film released to be a mirror of the popular X-Men animated series. However, Kinberg was quick to disprove that notion by mentioning the current production of X-Men: The New Mutants. Though that simply could be a tactic used by Simon Kinberg to discredit any rumors on another ‘X-Men’ film in development, aside from X-Men: The New Mutants. It’s more than plausible that 20th Century Fox has more than one ‘X-Men’ film in development. And that film will likely mirror the events of the ’90s animated series of “The X-Men”, despite Kinberg implying the next ‘X-Men’ film to release will be that of X-Men: The New Mutants. We could be privy to a variety of different titles for the next mainstream chapter in the ‘X-Men’ franchise, but it’s more than plausible that Kinberg already has a film in mind, something along the lines of X-Force, or even a discussed crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe; all speculative of course.

X-Force, Marvel Comics.

X-Force, Marvel Comics.

What do you think? Should Simon Kinberg focus on X-Men: The New Mutants or should Kinberg make an attempt at a pre-apocalyptic landscape wherin X-Force is needed? Or should a completely different film be produced in the mainstream ‘X-Men’ franchise? Have any thoughts, leave them in the comment section below.X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) premieres worldwide May 27, 2016.