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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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  • Chris Groves
    Wow, crazy. All of the following questions come up Original trilogy cast? First Class cast? All new cast? Wolverine?
    • WarrenWII
      Original Cast, for the love of God!! Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler and everyone back!! would be more than Epic!
    • mooreworthy
      Wolverine with one hand???
  • leemoder
    Possibly the inclusion of some of the characters from Gerneration NeXt?
  • DAVIDPD
    Giddy-up!
  • SkylerB619
    Oh my god my nerd boner could not be any bigger right now....
  • Such heroic nonsense
    This is big news! One of the baddest X-men villains of all time. There is no room for error when creating this character.
    • Lagoya
      He better be CGI, NO human can portray him properly.
      • Such heroic nonsense
        Indeed. But i have a feeling they will try to make him human anyway just cause "Marvel directors always want to be so different".
  • Fidel Reyes
    Holy S***t!
  • Jorrell Mcdaniel
    GODDAMN. I`M EXCITED I CAN`T LIE.
  • Lamar
    Yesssss!!!!!!
  • conradthegreat
    wicked
  • superultraboy
    Depends how Singer does with Days of Future Past.
  • Hakuzen
    Yes, Yes, and FUCK YES!!!
  • PillowPantz
    Its Bout Muthaphuckin Time!
  • OfficialJab
    Looking at the comments so far, this is good, yes?
  • Ga3z
    Are we getting Cable?
    • Christopher Roberts
      Most people already have Cable. Maybe it will include HBO and Showtime.
      • avconsumer2
        Loved your work on Wing Commander btw.
  • Christopher Roberts
    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.
  • mooreworthy
    (shivers with joy) So exciting!
  • Bl00dwerK
    Reboot, please...
    • RΛJΞΣV
      You're fucking joking, right?
      • Bl00dwerK
        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...
        • RΛJΞΣV
          Not everything in the comics doesn't always adapt to the cinematic world my friend.
          • Bl00dwerK
            Yeah, like Kitty being the one who travels back in time instead of Wolverine. That totally wouldn't work on the silver screen. :|
          • RΛJΞΣV
            Unless they meet up with a mutant that can time travel.. or something
          • Bl00dwerK
            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...
  • desispeed
    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..
    • Dominic
      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
  • TheOct8pus
    Hurry up already!! Ian McKellan is not getting any younger!!!
    • Such heroic nonsense
      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.
      • Lagoya
        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.
    • angilas04
      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.
  • Boring Someone
    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!

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