We know that the next installment of the X-Men franchise will likely be taking place in the 1990s, but now we might know where it’ll take place: in outer space.

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Director Bryan Singer spoke with Fandango the other day, where he dropped several hints about what he was hoping to do for the next outing of the franchise:

“I imagine – and this is the first time I’ve actually answered the question this way – but another thing that’s been introduced in the comics is a big alien, interstellar tenant within the X-Men universe that hasn’t been explored. And to me, that might be kind of fun because I’m a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and exploring the X-Men universe and being able to utilize that would be exciting, visually.”

The comments have led to some speculation that we’ll see a familiar storyline: Dark Phoenix, which was somewhat adapted in X2 and X-Men: Last Stand. Needless to say, a do-over would be welcome.

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A space-set X-Men film would be fun to watch, and it makes a certain amount of sense: Marvel has already shown that a space opera such as Guardians of the Galaxy can do really well at the box office, and the success of the new Star Wars films is certainly not going unnoticed.

[Fandango]