Bryan Singer Will Direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’; Film Set in ’70s

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 9:14 am,

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Out of the blue, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer revealed last week that another franchise installment is coming in 2016. The X-Men: Apocalypse teaser preceded news that co-writer Simon Kinberg had signed a three-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox to help guide their own Marvel Cinematic Universe by writing/producing stories that span multiple films.

It all begins with Days of Future Past next summer, a time travel story that involves both the casts of the original X-Men trilogy and the younger cast from X-Men: First Class. Rumors last week pointed towards X-Men: Apocalypse serving as a direct followup that would aim to bring back nearly everybody, along with a few new faces, but as we learned today that may not be the case.

Vulture has the scoop on Bryan Singer returning to direct X-Men: Apocalypse which comes as no surprise since we heard previously that it was him and Kinberg who were already planning out what the next X-Men team-up would be about. What is surprising is that they claim to have confirmed that X-Men: Apocalypse will be strictly set in the ’70s following the events of Days of Future Past, meaning no post-apocalyptic future and original X-Men returnees. This directly contradicts Bleeding Cool’s insider who claimed future/present team members would be back as well. At this point, it’s all unofficial and a lot of the rumors sound increasingly like speculation.

If Vulture is correct however, this answers the question about how Fox will get the entire cast to return since if it’s focusing mainly on the First Class stars, they all initially signed with multi-picture contracts for a trilogy. Think of Apocalypse as X-Men: First Class 3 and think of Days of Future Past as a big budget investment (possibly the most expensive superhero film ever made) as a way to boost the brand appeal and box office results, leading into Apocalypse.

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The ’70s set X-Men: Apocalypse story could however, still involve younger Wolverine if Singer and Fox are hoping to involve Hugh Jackman and could still involve a few mutants from the future – namely the time-travelling characters from the comics, Bishop (Omar Sy) and Cable (yet to be confirmed or introduced). Singer and Kinberg could get creative as well with Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen and grab popular mutant characters from Marvel Comics from different time periods in the film universe.

We were hoping for something a little more grand than what this news (if true) paints a picture of. It seems strange to go from Bolivar Trask, Sentinels, time travel and seemingly all of the X-Men to a more closed off story set only in the ’70s, where the continuity of the films is already so far gone from the stories in Marvel Comics. That’s a bit of a waste of the greatest X-Men villain, no? If Days of Future Past is meant to “fix” the timeline in a sense, according to Singer, than having Apocalypse as [spoilers] only in the past isn’t the most logical for the future of the franchise.

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With Fantastic Four being rebooted in 2015, not involving them in some way (Fantastic Four & X-Men team up against Apocalypse in the Ultimate comics) would also be a wasted opportunity. That is of course, assuming Apocalypse is defeated in X-Men: Apocalypse. He could be a villain for years to come and part of a future crossover event. Time travel and alternate realities open many doors for the series. Read our thoughts (and some potential major spoilers) on how X-Men: Days of Future Past may directly tie into X-Men: Apocalypse here:


More: How X-Men: Days of Future Past Leads to Apocalypse


The Wolverine is now available on home video, X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015X-Men: Apocalypse releases May 27, 2016 release.

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  1. I hope that XMenApocalypse will lead into a new trilogy of film, say “The Age of Apocalypse” (assuming they aren’t doing that in 70sApocalypse) where you can kill off characters with abandon, because in the end, it will end with a reset in the timeline.

    • But wouldn’t you know that going into the 3 movies already? Kind of like watching the Titanic sink over and over. LOL

    • i have debuts about the X-men movies because we don’t know if the X-men apocalypse is going to be the end of this seventh movies of X-men or is it going to be a continue that is a mysterious question

  2. So, here is the question. Why try to fix all the mistakes you made in the previous movies, only to completely mess it all up again with a bad story?

  3. I am thinking Omega Red will be in the next Wolverine film, and hopefully bring back Sabre tooth and maybe Deadpool too.

    • We already got Foxs’ idea of Omega Red in IronMan 2 :P

  4. I want to see Apocalypse vs the modern X-Men, like in the cartoons and comics. Why would their greatest villain be fought in a timeline we know they all clearly got out of without any loss?

    • yeah! i agree!! this will make Apocalypse a much weaker villain, defeated even before the sentinels… i want to see apocalypse vs the modern x-men too!

  5. Well this kinda confirm how Apocalypse will be introed into the xmen universe… And also what the movie will be about if …

    Possible Spoilers….
    … If apocalypse just takes over magneto’s body as suggested in the rumor floating around. Then its just more or less just yet another xmen vs magneto story… Meh.

  6. I think the one real shame with DOFP is we get the Sentinels but Cyclops is not there to blast them apart. I think Apocalypse will be himself in X-men Apocalypse at some points but even in the comics he did posses other mutants body/mind like chamber, Cyclops (etc). So really this is not drifting to far away from the source material and we will get to see something a bit different but very close. I just hope they bring in Sinister, Cyclops for sure, as well as Archangel a must, Nightcrawler, Gambit n Rogue. If these characters are not in it, it is kind of pointless to continue the films, mainly because we already know all the other characters stories. Wolverine and Magneto are way over used.

  7. I am hoping where this is in the future, Rogue may actually have all her powers. Anna Paquin would then be able to kick some serious tail.

  8. She had better have them in DOFP. I am most excited about Rogue, Iceman, and Colossus if they let me down there I will lose a lot of excitement for X-men Apocalypse. Cyclops, Archangel, Gambit, Rogue, Iceman, Nightcrawler, and Colossus are the X-men and need to be respected in the next film, and used. These characters are the only reason I watch these films, I am always getting little cameos and scene of them but never a real story involving them. It is always Magneto, and Wolverine. I have had enough time to think about this and X-men Apocalypse is going to be set in the 70 too meaning we probably will get another Magneto/Wolverine film and that kind of Brings me down.

  9. Age of Apocalypse in Two parts!

    Cyclops, Cable, Rogue, Gambit and Bishop ALL in the same movie, it has to happen!

  10. In my opinion, two X-Men that should really be given more attention are Psylocke and Gambit. They’re fascinating enough by themselves, but they also have a lot of interesting relationships with their teammates.

  11. I agree, they should stick to the real xmen. Cant stand them mixing first class and the original movie xmen. The last movie was ruined in my opinion. And they should take wolverine out of the main picture for this movie. As its getting really old.