With X-Men: Apocalypse opening this weekend, and already unleashed unto the masses overseas, it's time to start digging into the granular details and speculating on what's next.
Are you ready? Because…
First let's talk about the about as subtle-as-a-bag-of-hammers hints the film was dropping that we'll likely see Sophie Turner return as Jean Grey in a Dark Pheonix storyline. Bryan Singer seems determined to make up for his past missteps, but none more than for the first X-Men trilogy's treatment of that character.
If you're unfamiliar with Dark Pheonix, take a look here to get a sense of just how wildly bonkers things may get. Of course elements of the storyline were used in X-Men: The Last Stand, but there is room for 20th Century Fox to make their riskiest X-Men film yet (yep, even more so than Deadpool) if they are really to go full-out on the Pheonix story, which could potentially take them to space…among other things.
Producer Simon Kinberg has teased an X-Men in space, so there is a very real possibility that 20th Century Fox is considering it. With the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, studios are now open to more daring comic book fare. Which is pleasing news, because one of the biggest complaints about Apocalypse is that if felt far too familiar and safe.
We saw some lovely hints at the Pheonix in this film, and it looked quite promising.
In unrelated news…
Another option ties into what we saw in the closing credits teaser. In which we return to the room in Stryker”s bunker where Jean discovered a tortured Wolverine. We see a group of suits walk in and remove vial of liquid labeled Weapon X. They place it in a briefcase, which when closed we see reads Essex Corp.