X-Men Apocalypse: 10 Implications For The X-Men Franchise

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X-Men: Apocalypse may not be among the better X-Men movies to date, but that doesn't stop it leaving fans gagging for more from this world and this terrific array of characters. As is now the norm for superhero franchises, the film of course leaves plenty of doors open for not only the next direct sequel but Fox's X-Men universe at large, encompassing Deadpool as well as several properties currently in development.

Though there's little in terms of concrete information, Apocalypse nevertheless sets up a plethora of potential characters, scenarios and popular plot-lines from the comics, such that fanboys are desperately hoping Bryan Singer will follow through with most of them in a manner both faithful and timely.

Inevitably, a few of these teases won't come to pass (at least not in the foreseeable future), but for the most part, we can expect something to be made of these unquestionably intentional hints at coming attractions.

Here are 10 implications X-Men: Apocalypse makes for the future of the franchise...

10. The X-Men Head To The 90s

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With X-Men: First Class taking place predominantly in 1962, Days of Future Past in 1973, and now Apocalypse in 1983, it's a pretty safe assumption that the new X-Men trilogy will kick off in the 1990s, edging us closer again to the present day.

X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has also confirmed that the next X-Men movie will be set in this period, and though he could theoretically be talking about The New Mutants, it just fits that we'd leap another decade for the next proper X-Men movie (even if the character aging is going to be unavoidably ridiculous).

Though the 90s aren't as iconic a decade as the 60s, 70s or 80s, there's still a ton of pop-culture to draw from: maybe we'll see someone playing Street Fighter II or watching Fresh Prince of Bel Air? If Bryan Singer leans into the period setting more than he did in Apocalypse, this could be a ton of fun.

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