It’s become clear that like the comic books (where time passes without the character’s significantly ageing), the X-Men Universe is pretty fluid, and these jumps of ten years or so aren’t to be taken too literally. A new setting certainly keeps things feeling fresh, but at this rate, it will only take another couple of movies until the franchise reaches the present day.
In a separate interview, Kinberg revealed that the next Wolverine movie has already started shooting, and while he would neither confirm nor deny reports of Patrick Stewart being part of the cast, he did at least confirm the movie’s R-Rating. “I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film.”
Taking a formerly PG-13 character and placing him in an R-Rated setting should be pretty interesting, but the likes of Kingsman and Deadpool have shown Fox that there’s no need to shy away from targeting a more adult audience with their Marvel Comics adaptations.