It's only a day after Brian Singer officially signed on to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, and we're already getting some key information on how the future of the franchise might look.
Basically, the old mutants are out and the young mutants are in. Except for Wolverine, 'cause that guy is money.
Talking to Yahoo, X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg explained that the Apocalypse storyline takes place 20 years before the first X-Men movie from 2000. That means it will focus on the cast introduced in X-Men: First Class, in which Professor X, Magneto and Mystique are played by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, rather than Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Rebecca Romijn, respectively.
That means other characters from the older (yet later in the story's timeline) films, such as Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey, might not be X-Men yet at all in the Apocalypse era. If those characters did somehow appear in the next movie, Kinberg explained that Halle Berry, James Marsden and Famke Janssen would have to be replaced. Because, they're too old. Get it?
"If we include some of the original X-Men like Storm or Jean [Grey] or Scott [Summers] in X-Men:Apocalypse, we would have to recast them, Kinberg said, adding "It'd be very hard to do, because Halle, Famke, and Jimmy and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life. But I also would have said before First Class that there would be no actors who can stand alongside Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart."
Again, when it comes to Wolverine, don't worry. Because of his mutant healing factor, he looks pretty much the same for 80 years, and Hugh Jackman can sort of pull that off.
If you're really hungry for more X-Men tidbits, it's worth checking out the video of Kinberg's entire interview.
Otherwise, lets just watch that Days of Future Past post-credits teaser again: