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Bryan Singer Announces 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Coming May of 2016

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December 5, 2013

X-Men: Apocalypse

Not to be outdone by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer (complete with a tease of Doc Ock and Vulture), director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox have made a huge announcement for the X-Men franchise coming in the summer of 2016. By way of Twitter, Singer merely tweeted, "#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016" and then Box Office Mojo said the film would arrive on May 27th, 2016. If you're not freaking out about that title, you're not familiar with the iconic X-Men villain called Apocalypse, who has conquered North America and enslaved humanity in the comics. He's one of the most powerful villains the X-Men have faced.

Here's a short description of Apocalypse from The Marvel Encyclopedia:

Born nearly 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, Apocalypse is one of the earliest known mutant humans. As "En Sabah Nur", or "The First One," he traveled the world for thousands of years, instigating wars to test which nations were fittest and was worshipped as a god by ancient civilizations.

In the 20th century, Nur, now called Apocalypse, decided that the emerging superhuman mutants were destined to supplant unfit ordinary humans. Hence, he often battled the original X-Fact and the X-Men, who were dedicated to peaceful coexistence between mutants and other humans.

Though extraordinarily long-loved, Apocalypse's phsyical body eventually wore out. He survived by projecting his consciousness into host bodies.

The powers of Apocalypse include altering the atomic structure of his body to change shape, increasing his size by absorbing additional mass, superhuman strength, stamina and durability.

We're not sure how this villain will come into play with the new story arc that essentially kicked off with The Wolverine and the credits tease into X-Men: Days of Future Past, but clearly this will immediately follow the events of next summer's time traveling sequel. That means Hugh Jackman will be pretty busy pulling Wolverine duty since he's also working on a sequel to The Wolverine with director James Mangold returning. It sounds like Bryan Singer will be back to direct if the news came from the filmmaker himself. At the very least, he would produce the film.

What's interesting is that in the comic storyline The Age of Apocalypse, which ran in 1995, the story takes place in an alternate reality formed by interference to the original timeline. In The Age of Apocalypse, Professor X was murdered before he could form the X-Men and a much different version of the team was formed by Magneto, leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants. This likely won't be the exact story that ends up on the big screen, but since X-Men: Days of Future Past deals with time travel, we're betting it'll serve as some sort of inspiration. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 36 Comments

1

Wow, crazy. All of the following questions come up Original trilogy cast? First Class cast? All new cast? Wolverine?

Chris Groves on Dec 5, 2013

2

Original Cast, for the love of God!! Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler and everyone back!! would be more than Epic!

WarrenWII on Dec 5, 2013

3

Wolverine with one hand???

mooreworthy on Dec 6, 2013

4

Possibly the inclusion of some of the characters from Gerneration NeXt?

leemoder on Dec 5, 2013

5

Giddy-up!

DAVIDPD on Dec 5, 2013

6

Oh my god my nerd boner could not be any bigger right now....

SkylerB619 on Dec 5, 2013

7

This is big news! One of the baddest X-men villains of all time. There is no room for error when creating this character.

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 5, 2013

8

He better be CGI, NO human can portray him properly.

Lagoya on Dec 6, 2013

9

Indeed. But i have a feeling they will try to make him human anyway just cause "Marvel directors always want to be so different".

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 6, 2013

10

Holy S***t!

Fidel Reyes on Dec 5, 2013

11

GODDAMN. I`M EXCITED I CAN`T LIE.

Jorrell Mcdaniel on Dec 5, 2013

12

Yesssss!!!!!!

Lamar on Dec 5, 2013

13

wicked

conradthegreat on Dec 5, 2013

14

Depends how Singer does with Days of Future Past.

superultraboy on Dec 5, 2013

15

Yes, Yes, and FUCK YES!!!

Hakuzen on Dec 5, 2013

16

Its Bout Muthaphuckin Time!

PillowPantz on Dec 5, 2013

17

Looking at the comments so far, this is good, yes?

OfficialJab on Dec 5, 2013

18

Are we getting Cable?

Ga3z on Dec 5, 2013

19

Most people already have Cable. Maybe it will include HBO and Showtime.

Christopher Roberts on Dec 5, 2013

20

Loved your work on Wing Commander btw.

avconsumer2 on Dec 6, 2013

21

Maybe this will be how they will fix the continuity issues between the first three films and First Class. Time travel can fix anything in the movies.

Christopher Roberts on Dec 5, 2013

22

(shivers with joy) So exciting!

mooreworthy on Dec 6, 2013

23

Reboot, please...

Bl00dwerK on Dec 6, 2013

24

You're fucking joking, right?

RΛJΞΣV on Dec 6, 2013

25

Nope. They're trying to carry on with the old crew while using the First Class bunch, also. Why not just reboot the whole thing? Even though the movies have made a shit-ton of money, and aren't "bad", there are plenty of X-Men fans who aren't all that happy with them (including myself) and believe the comic franchise deserves a better, closer-to-the-source-material, adaptation...

Bl00dwerK on Dec 6, 2013

26

Not everything in the comics doesn't always adapt to the cinematic world my friend.

RΛJΞΣV on Dec 6, 2013

27

Yeah, like Kitty being the one who travels back in time instead of Wolverine. That totally wouldn't work on the silver screen. 😐

Bl00dwerK on Dec 7, 2013

28

Unless they meet up with a mutant that can time travel.. or something

RΛJΞΣV on Dec 7, 2013

29

My point was it was a change that we didn't need. They just made it Wolverine for money reasons, not because it makes the story any better or because it wasn't possible to do it the other way. They just want Wolverine to be a main character in this. That's the kind of change FOX does that annoys me...

Bl00dwerK on Dec 7, 2013

30

been hoping for Apocalypse to finally make it to the big screen as he is my fave X-Men villain.....now the question is how are they going to actually bring him to the big screen? Mostly CGI I am assuming? I'm assuming Apocalypse will be hinted at the end of DOFP..

desispeed on Dec 6, 2013

31

they had him monitoring timelines at one point , so they can say he saw the residue of Logan's TT for DOFP and followed him to "this " universe... See we CB nerds ARE getting what we want . just with quibbles over the presentation ... and they do need more heroes - 5 XMen ain't enuf to carry the story

Dominic on Dec 6, 2013

32

Hurry up already!! Ian McKellan is not getting any younger!!!

TheOct8pus on Dec 6, 2013

33

They made the mistake of using Ian and Patrick in the first place as when the made the first X-men, they were already in their 60s. Mag and Prof X didnt need to be that old. They should of known this was going to be an ongoing movie series, so they should of used actors that were in their mid to late 40s at least.

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 6, 2013

34

I thought this from the beginning!! Personally I think Richard Gere would be the perfect Magneto, although he is 64 now so maybe too old, still 10 years younger than Ian Mckellen.

Lagoya on Dec 6, 2013

35

I doubt this 2016 film will use McKellan and Stewart over their younger counterparts, and theyre likely tired of reprising their roles. Days of Future Past is likely their last hurrah, and something in the timeline shift must awaken Apocalypse at an earlier time. I'm hoping its an interaction with Mr. Sinister, Bishop, Cable or something that changed in time travelling itself that has him worried and suddenly active from his Egyptian slumber.

angilas04 on Dec 6, 2013

36

With X-Men, they need to do DOFP, then Apocalypse, then go back to the Phoenix well...they can easily rationalize Jean coming back and tie in the aliens; we have not gotten any aliens in these films yet!

Boring Someone on Dec 6, 2013

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