Can Rose Byrne Survive the ‘(X-Men) Apocalypse’?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

I thought Rose Byrne was excellently cast as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class. It was disappointing that she wasn’t in Days of Future Past, but it didn’t fit organically so I’m kinda glad they didn’t just shoehorn her in there. But it seems that there is a story for her yet. X-Men: Apocalypse writer and producer Simon Kinberg recently told Entertainment Weekly that Byrne would be returning for the third film in the “rebooted” series.

Kinberg said the MacTaggert is “a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” He also said that the relationship between Charles and Moira was a rich one that they were looking to develop and explore.

Kinberg also reiterated that Apocalypse would finish the first chapter in the lives of Charles, Eric, Hank and Raven. “They’re such young actors and young characters, so there’s a lot more story to tell. But as a first phase of their lives, there is this feeling of closure by the end of the movie,” Kinberg said.

I like where this is headed. With a relationship between Charles and Moira being explored and Moira being a more prominent character, could we see the introduction of her son Kevin? Also known as the reality-warping body-possessing X-Men villain Proteus? That could then lead into the true Dark Phoenix Saga after some build-up in another movie to end a second “trilogy” and another chapter in this ongoing mutant soap opera.

What I didn’t like was when Kinberg spoke of a possible crossover between the X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  “The reboot of FanFour really needed to work in and of itself. We were doing something pretty radical with the tone of the movie. If we wanted to find a way to connect them to the X-Men, we could. There’s a lot of precedent from the comics.”

No. Just no. It took too many years and too many movies to get the X-Men franchise back on track after the shitstorm that was X-Men: The Last Stand. I don’t even want to think about a crossover until the Fantastic Four reboot can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it isn’t utter dreck. Until that day comes, let’s just keep the mutants and Marvel’s First Family in separate films for now.

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