With its introduction of the eponymous ancient mutant, X-Men: Apocalypse could very likely mark the end of an era for the Fox film series. Current stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are unlikely to return for a fourth entry, and younger versions of original trilogy characters like Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey are set to make their debuts. Following the new film, the only X-Men films scheduled for release are spinoffs for Gambit and a third (and presumably final) solo film for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Here are five more places the franchise could go with future installments.
[Update, 6/26/16: Added the rumor of crossover deal with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.] According to a source cited by ComicBookMovie, 20th Century Fox is considering teaming up with Marvel on a crossover movie deal, similar to what Sony did with Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. This means that some of the movies outlined below could feature characters previously only seen in the MCU.
1. X-Men: The Next Generation
Since X-Men: Apocalypse nicely dovetails into introductions for some of the first mutant heroes to hit the big screen, it’s very possible that the films will turn their focus to younger actors like Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner. These actors are already far less bankable (i.e. costly) as established stars like Lawrence, Fassbender, and McAvoy, and transitioning into their stories would help the films bridge the gap between the 1980s setting of Apocalypse and the “not-so-distant future” of the original X-Men.