20th Century Fox are betting that X-Men: Days of Future Past is going to be a mega hit as the studio is already planning the next installment in the X-Men franchise. Director Bryan Singer vaguely posted a tweet that read, “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” According to Exhibitor Relations, the sequel will be titled X-Men: Apocalypse, which has already been given a release date of May 27th, 2016.
Fans of the X-Men comics will be quick to tell you all about why the subtitle is thrilling. If you aren’t familiar with the original comics, Apocalypse is one of the most iconic villains in the X-Men universe. Here’s a description of the character (courtesy of 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 physical 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.
It has yet to be confirmed if Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Apocalypse but considering that he tweeted the announcement, I’m sure he’ll be heavily involved somehow. Singer is currently finishing the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will pair mutants from both the original X-Men series and the prequel X-Men: First Class.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be opening up against Disney’s Alice In Wonderland 2, which already tells you that 20th Century Fox has high hopes that they have their own superhero universe to expand into multiple films much like Marvel and DC.
Before then, X-Men: Days of Future Past will arrive in theaters next summer on May 23rd, 2014. Check out the official trailer below: