In my initial review, I stated several problems I had with the movie, and while a lot of those problems still stand, after rewatching the film, it grew on me. I liked it a little more, and would even bump up my rating by half a star. I still think a lot of the characters are underused, there's no focus, they have no idea what to do with Mystique and Apocalypse isn't all that good of a villain, but I had a lot more fun with it the second time around. It was even more entertaining, and no, the dialogue wasn't as mediocre as I initially thought. It's no Days Of Future Past, but it's a fun movie, even with all of its many problems.
The film's final scene takes place in the now restored X-Men Mansion. Magneto has left to go do his own thing, while Charles, now bald, and Mystique are training the next X-Men, consisting of Nightcrawler, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Quicksilver. The new suits look insanely cool, and they can be seen in the image above. Much like in X-Men: The Last Stand, the team get ready to face off against a simulated army of sentinels before we cut to black and roll the credits. It's a really cool ending to a really fun movie. But what does this mean for the future of the X-Men franchise? Well, that's what I'm here to tell you.
Sophie Turner, the actress of Jean Grey, has expressed interest in adapting the Dark Phoenix Saga, and since the foundations for this storyline have been set, it's a definite possibility in the future. The next film, apparently, is going to be set in the 90s, so by then she would've had a lot of time to adapt to her powers and let them grow, possibly for the worst. Director Bryan Singer has stated he wants to see the cosmos explored in the next film, which again, leads to a variety of different films being set up from various storylines, so if they were to do Dark Phoenix, I personally don't think it will be in the next film. Turner has supposedly signed on for multiple movies, so they're not going to want to go straight to that storyline. They'll develop her character a little more first.
Another character given a rather ambiguous fate is Magneto, whose story I have mixed feelings about. The introduction to his character is utterly brilliant, the death of his family putting me on the brink of tears, and the scene where Apocalypse gets him to unleash all of his powers was great, although once he actually became a horseman, he didn't really do much. It was disappointing, especially in the final fight where he just hid in a bubble the whole time until deciding to turn on Apocalypse. What annoyed me the most about his story arc wasn't that he turned on Apocalypse, I was expecting that to happen, but was instead that he decided to stay good at the end of the film. He goes back to the mansion, helps Jean to use her powers to fix it and then walks off on a good note with everybody. Fassbender's contract, much like McAvoy's and Lawrence's, has now come to an end, so if this is indeed the last we see of his take on this iconic character, I can't say I'm satisfied with it. Fox, bring Fassbender back. Please.
The question remains, though. Why would he need Wolverine's DNA if X23 isn't going to be appearing for another 50 or so years? If the DNA is, in fact, being used to create her, she's not going to appear for a number of decades, as the next Wolverine movie is set to take place in the future, adapting the Old Man Logan storyline, while this film is set in the 80s. Do they just keep his DNA in storage till it's of use? Do they experiment with it for a number of decades? So many questions, so few answers, but that's the beauty of post credit scenes. They give us questions, making us want to come back and watch the next movie even more than we already did. They're fun stingers, and this one, while far from the greatest scene around, certainly raises a lot of interesting questions.