Simon Kinberg Discusses Mystique and Beast’s Relationship in X-Men: Apocalypse. With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg are wasting no time in working on the sequel to the most successful film in the franchise.
Simon Kinberg spoke with Collider on what developments are taking place for X-Men: Apocalypse as far as stories go. Besides going deeper into the friendship between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), Kinsberg hopes to explore more on the relationship between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), which was explored in X-Men: First Class.
The relationship between Beast and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in Days of Future Past, so we’ll have an opportunity to do more of that in Apocalypse. Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too.
It makes sense that Mystique will be part of the main focus since we are seeing the development of Jennifer Lawrence’s character before the original trilogy. Speaking of trilogy, Kinberg said that this would be the close of the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class as we move away from the 60s and 70s as we go into the 80s.
“We’re having a lot of fun with the idea of the ’80s,” Kinberg explained. “It’s a decade that Bryan and I both grew up in and so the music, the style, the aesthetic, the legacy of ’80s movies is something we’re really having fun with.”
Simon also discussed the set pieces that are in motion before production begins in Montreal next year.
There are some very big set pieces,” Kinberg revealed. “I don’t know what the budget’s gonna be because we’re still a ways away from budgeting the film, but I can say that Fox has a lot of creative confidence in the team that made Days of Future Past – myself, Bryan, Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker. All of those people are coming back so in terms of a sandbox they’re definitely giving us a lot of room to play creatively and take chances the way that we took some chances on Days of Future Past, and do some radical things just as I think we did some radical things in Days of Future Past.
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