Although the X-Men movie series is largely based in the United States, there have been a few occasions where the franchise wandered across the globe. Wolverine has travelled as far afield as Japan in his standalone films, scenes from Magneto’s early life have been set against the backdrop of 1940s Poland, and the team holed up in China during the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The next destination set for the X-Men movies is Egypt, the birthplace of the titular villain in upcoming sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. An ancient and extremely powerful mutant with a near-irresistible talent for persuasion, Apocalypse was first seen in the end credits for X-Men: Days of Future Past, casually building the Great Pyramids of Egypt while being worshipped by thousands. Oscar Isaac will take over the role in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Director Bryan Singer’s recently revealed a snapshot into the making of X-Men: Apocalypse with a photo of himself walking through rubble on the set of a destroyed Cairo, but now the director has shared an image of another Egyptian set – this one considerably more impressive. In the photo, Singer stands looking up at a statue of Setesh many times his height, surrounded by what looks like a massive practical set for an Ancient Egyptian building interior.
The photo caption references Indiana Jones adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark and boasts the hashtag “notallgreenscreen” (the other set photos that Singer has been posting recently have featured a lot of green screen). Given the scale and presumed expense of this set, it seems likely that it will get a significant amount of screen time – perhaps as part of Apocalypse’s origin story.
When Apocalypse shows up in the present day, he seeks out new mutants to become his Four Horsemen and manages to persuade Magneto, Psylocke and Storm to his side. Facing off against Apocalypse are a mix of returning X-Men, new X-Men and younger versions of X-Men that we’ve seen before, including Jean Grey, Cyclops, Jubilee and Nightcrawler. That might sound like a formidable team, but since the film is set in the 1980s these mutants are still young and some of them haven’t yet learned to control their powers.
X-Men: Apocalypse has been filming in Montreal since April and is set for release in early summer 2016, so at this point the shoot is probably getting close to completion. Aside from a few candid shots of the young cast in their costumes, most of the set photos teasing the film thus far have come from Singer himself, and we’re expecting a few more clues about what to expect before production wraps.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7, 2015, followed by Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.
Source: Bryan Singer