"X-Men: Days of Future Past" screenwriter-producer Simon Kinberg has revealed in an interview that his upcoming movie "X-Men: Apocalypse," which will introduce one of the earliest mutant villains Apocalypse, will be set in 1983.
Kinberg revealed the date, which is exactly 10 years after "X-Men: Days of Future Past" was set in, and more than 20 years after the events of "X-Men: First Class," in an interview with Jeff Goldsmith.
This means some of the key characters such as James McAvoy's Professor X, Michael Fassbender's Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and Nicholas Hoult's Beast will start showing signs of ageing.
On what to expect in "X-Men: Apocalypse," Kinberg told Empire Online that it is going to be one of the biggest X-Men movies.
"Like Days of Future Past is a time travel movie, Apocalypse is a disaster movie. And those are viable genres without super powers. And when you add super powers and comic book heroes to that kind of a genre suddenly you have something that feels a little different than the superhero movies that have come before it.
"It will be the biggest X-Men movie we've ever had. One carte blanche, Future Past is the biggest because of the cast. We're not going to have every member of the X-Men in the history of the films, but we will have some new X-Men that will give it its own unique flavor."
Meanwhile, Cinema Blend pointed out that it is during the 80s that some important characters such as Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm and others flocked to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and hence there are chances that they might also be part of the plot.
As previously reported, though "X-Men: Apocalypse" will primarily focus on the "X-Men: First Class" cast, some of the original cast will be involved as well.
Regarding the plot, Cinema Blend predicts that it will touch upon how stopping the Sentinel program affected the world, and if the relationship between humans and mutants have become harmonious.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is currently scheduled for a 27 May 2016 release and will be directed by Bryan Singer.