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Kinberg Explains X-Men Cinematic Universe Timeline, Costumes, and Possible Crossovers

Simon Kinberg dicussed the timeline changes in the X-Men movie universe.

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There's been lots of questions about the X-Men cinematic universe after the release of X-Men Days of Future Past. Now, writer and producer Simon Kinberg is explaining how the world is shaping up now. During an interview with MTV, Kinberg explained the timeline for the universe and how everything is shaping up.

The idea is that we’ve sort of reset the timeline after ’Days of Future Past’ in some ways, and if not erased, certainly allowed for change from ’X1,’ ’2,’ ’3,’ everything from ’Days of Future Past’ forward, 1973, everything we set now becomes canon... So the ’Gambit’ movie, the ’Deadpool’ movie, will exist in a world that acknowledges whatever happened in ’Days of Future Past’ and moving forward. Doesn’t mean they’ll always interact with those characters, obviously, it’s not like every movie has all the characters, but they all have to exist within the same rules.

Kinberg went on to say that "There will be interplay between different characters in different movies.” It seems like in the future we could see Gambit, Deadpool, and the X-Men crossover, creating more of a connection between the X-Universe. He says he has a chart on his computer keeping everything together, to make it easier to figure out the directions they want to take in the films.

Finally, Kinberg discussed the look of Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, which has been polarizing among fans from the few images that have been released.

“I feel like we have been, the ’X-Men’ franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think ’Days of Future Past’ with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past. We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the center of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you, say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”

What do you think about Kinberg's approach to the franchise? X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.