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Bryan Singer Announced The Next X-Men Film Yesterday – X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t even hit theaters until May 23, 2014 but director Bryan Singer decided it was time to announce his next installment - X-Men: Apocalypse.

Looks like Singer, and perhaps everyone else, is digging the time travel and alternate futures of Days of Future Past. Yesterday the director tweeted simply:

And all I could think was, “He better not be trolling.” Turns out, he wasn’t. While we don’t have any actual details on the film at this time, the title suggest they’ll be utilizing the X-Men villain Apocalypse (aka En Sabah Nur), a 5000-year-old, immortal mutant. The character was co-created in the 80s by Louise SimonsonWalter Simonson, and Jackson Guice. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty but Apocalypse big storyline was a crossover titled “Age of Apocalypse” in which a new timeline is created when Professor Xavier’s son attempts to go back in time and kill Magneto. He fails, and Bishop (a mutant character we’ll see in Days of Future Past) is the only one who knows things have changed, and for the worse, leaving mutants ruling over humans.

It’s likely this would be the building blocks for X-Men: Apocalypse, though that depends on where X-Men: Days of Future Past leaves us. As a rabid fan of the 90s X-Men cartoon, this news is extra exciting considering Apocalypse played a large role there adapting both comic book storylines and more. This announcement also leads me to hope we’ll finally get to see Mister Sinister on the big screen and perhaps even Archangel (to possibly be played by a returning Ben Foster).

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to premiere May 27, 2016. Variety noted this puts the film up against the Alice in Wonderland sequel, of which Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska just recently signed on. Days of Future Past and Star Wars Episode VII producer Simon Kinsberg has recently signed a 3-year deal to help create an overall Marvel universe for Fox, much like Marvel Entertainment has done with their films.

I think my favorite reaction to the X-Men: Apocalypse news so far has been from Iceman himself:

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  • Thomas Hayes

    Starring Wolverine.

    C’mon, you KNOW it’s going to be. It always is. First Class was the sole exception.

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    I can think of one thing to say, and that thing would probably get me banned or reported or something.

    So I’m going to go with a quote. That quote is “Oh, figs…”

  • Troy Lenze

    Instead of Professor X’s son going back in time, Wolverine will go back in time to attempt to kill Magneto. Then, Wolverine will be the only one who knows the time line is wrong. Then Wolverine will save the day.

    There will also be some X-Men.

    (On a more serious note, I’d love to see a live action Mr. Sinister done well.)

  • Katie Frederick

    It’s kinda hard to properly react before Days of Future Past is released, but wow! If nothing else gotta respect their ambition, just don’t mangle it like they did with the Phoenix saga

  • AverageDrafter

    An interesting side note: “Oh, Figs” was written “Oh, Crap” but Yeardley Smith protested that Lisa wouldn’t use such coarse language and rewrote the line. Now one of my favorite interjections.

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    It appears we may well have been quoting different things.

  • eric bouchard

    excited meself

    - Put the focus away from Wolverine
    - Who will be the four horsemen? besides Archangel?
    - Bring back Cyclops.
    -Should they bring in Cable? Mister Sinister?

  • Stephie

    Am I the only one terrified/disappointed by this news? The first three films were a disaster. First Class was amazing, however, the more news that comes of Days of Future Past, the more I’m skeptical. Can we please just turn this into a live action television series?! I’m finding it hard to believe all of this can be pulled off on film without compromising most of the characters.

  • Gregory McIntyre

    least surprising news ever. following the exact pattern that all the tv series and video games follow: magneto then apocalypse.

  • AverageDrafter

    I’ll show you mine if you show my yours…

    Lisa Simpson after her, Milhouse, and Bart are trapped in a cave by the the murderous students on a deserted island – “Oh, figs…” – Das Bus.

    Bonus: “So the children learned how to function as a society,and eventually they were rescued by, oh, let’s say…Moe.” – James Earl Jones, randomly

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    Ari Marmell’s Widdershins books.

  • Anonymous

    Cool. I’m happy to see them branching out with the villains since as much as I loved the first two movies (X-2 is still one of my top comic book films of all time), I was always disappointed that they kept going back to Magneto and the Brotherhood or human bigots.

  • Dave Hill

    Ugh. I’ve never been an Apocalypse fan, and he and the whole Four Horsemen bits just added more cruft to the X-Universe.

    I’m also hoping this is not an Age of Apocalypse thing, because Days of Future Past is already about screwing with the timeline. Unless that’s how DoFP actually ends …

  • Anonymous

    I will be there as long Hugh Jackman is there, too. My experience has been: Wolverine and the X-Men in solo movies = weak, Wolverine and the X-Men together in a movie = major win.

    Alice 2, has already lost the battle (but well, the first one was already dreadful so the bar wasn’t to high either. Who wants a sequel of that movie at all? (I mean except Disney.))

  • SuperFubar

    I’m really hoping they have Mr Sinister in this.

  • Anonymous

    Just in time for that year’s batch of tech-retro hipsters to tell their friends, “If the Apocalypse comes, beep me.”

  • Anonymous

    Bigotry against mutants is an interesting metaphor for… certain things we are still living through. Big ancient mutants are not a metaphor for much so maybe they wanted to stay close to plots that people could relate to. I was hoping they’d get to Genosha next but I guess it won’t happen.

  • Anonymous

    are you really sure it will put the focus away from Wolverine? Because the way I see it, it seems like they are intent on making him the focus of every xmen arc ever written and I’m sure they’ll do it again.