X-Men: Apocalypse might just be taking a page out of the Star Trek book when it comes to redefining a franchise.
Star Trek got a whole new start in 2009 when the timeline of the original TV/film series was completely altered. Within the first five minutes of the film, J.J. Abrams created a loophole which gave him full creative reign in developing the reboot without backlash from die-hard fans expecting him to stick to the source material. Six years later, it looks like X-Men is following suit.
In 2014 X-Men: Days Of Future Past sent Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to change the fate of all mutants. This storyline poised the series to take a whole new direction moving forward. With the past changed, the future could take on endless possibilities.
So just how far will the film divert from the original comics? The previous films? The characters themselves won't be changing, but their circumstances could be greatly altered as a result of the new timeline.
Set in the 1980, the upcoming movie will star James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. A set of young actors are also coming on board to take over some of the franchise's most iconic roles, including Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner to play Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, and Alexandra Shipp (Aaliya: The Princess Of R&B) as Storm.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theatres May 27, 2016.