‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ To Explore Mutant Origins; Connected To ‘Days of Future Past’

Published 11 months ago by , Updated January 8th, 2014 at 4:02 pm,

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The latest news regarding the next X-Men superhero team-up film saw one expected returning character get her scenes cut from the theatrical release, and another who we didn’t even know about (until today) get included. Rogue (Anna Paquin) won’t be showing up in X-Men: Days of Future Past come May when Fox’s second most expensive production ever – the biggest budget superhero film on record - hits theaters, but a younger version of the villainous Toad will make an appearance.

There’s a chance one or the other might pop up again in the already-announced Days of Future Past sequel, tentatively dubbed X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty are already working on the story and while Singer was reportedly already tapped to direct – and we expect him to – it’s not quite official yet.

Speaking with EW, Bryan Singer spoke of his involvement with the third installment in the First Class trilogy, specifying that he’s not signed to direct just yet.

“I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”

As for the possibility of X-Men: Days of Future Past setting up or at least teasing its recently confirmed 2016 followup, possibly with the rumored post-credits scene involving a certain character in the desert, Singer says he’s “still deciding that.” Obviously, in some way it will since X-Men: Apocalypse – or whatever it ends up being called – has long been an idea for Singer and writer Simon Kinberg. Singer continues, explaining that the stories are linked:

“Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

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Back when the studio hired popular comics writer Mark Millar as a consultant for their future Marvel movies, Singer went on record explaining that he hadn’t spoken with Millar and that he has his own ideas for where the franchise would go. Below is what Singer said 10 months ago and we have a feeling that Apocalypse, arguably the X-Men’s greatest foe, has been in the cards for some time.

“All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point.”

As for the story of Apocalypse and what it means for the long-running franchise as a whole, Singer teases that it will deal with the origins of mutantkind.

“It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

Apocalypse, in the comics, is the first mutant, and when Singer first revealed that he would be showing up in a 2016 X-Men project, he had to quell some fan speculation after rumors hinted at the possibility that the character could be an alien. He’s not. With time-travel now in the cards, Apocalypse’s origins dating back thousands of years, and the potential for alternate timelines and multiple versions of familiar characters, Fox is blowing the door open with Days of Future Past and banking on it hard to re-establish the franchise, leading to spinoffs (like X-Force and Wolverine 3) and crossovers with the Fantastic Four.

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More: Why Does Wolverine Time-Travel?

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Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.

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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Source: EW

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  1. Nice!!!

  2. Cant wait to watch!

  3. acuna la poca

  4. If this is set in the 70′s i might get a bit irritated. First class was great for establishing things and moving towards days of future past. I think now that time travel is introduced it is time to reboot some stuff bring back pheonix and set things right. With alternate timelines introduced we could also get a reality shift with scarlet witch in marvel and time displacement in fox. This is perfect for a studio mash up down the road. It would make unheard of money. Stupid if it doesnt happen

    • It’s likely they will fix the future and stop the mutant extinction, which will in turn open up the future for the other extreme, the rise of the mutants.

    • That is exactly what their planning on doing. As well as the beginning of a gambit solo film, x-men apocalypse and x-force in the nest several years down the road.

  5. Could someone give me a short overview of the x men movies? When they appeard and how they chronically connect?

    • It’s on Wikipedia, but whatever.

      X-Men First Class: Released in 2011. Takes place in 1962.
      X-Men Days of Future Past: Releases in 2014. Half of it takes place in 1973.
      Origins: Wolverine. Released in 2009. Takes place some time in the 70′s, as far as I recall.
      X-Men: Released in 2000. Takes place sometime in the 2000′s.
      X-Men 2: Released in 2003. Takes place six months later.
      X-Men 3: Released in 2006. Takes place a year or so later.
      The Wolverine: Released in 2013. Takes place two years after X-Men 3.
      X-Men Days of Future Past. Releases in 2014. Half of it supposedly takes place 10 years after X-Men 3.

      • Wow…never knew Origins: Wolverine took place in the 1970s. I some how over looked that.

        • The part about Three Mile Island didn’t give it away?

          • Origins actually started of in the late 1800s in NWT Canada.. Then spawrled out from there to the 70s

        • that’s why the movie was mediocre, costume designs did not accurately reflect time period

        • x-men origins takes place in 1987 it says it on the dvd commentary track. I have the film.

  6. As long as Cyclops,Archangel, Gambit, Rogue, Colossus,Nightcrawler, and Iceman are in it i am in, mainly Cyclops,Archangel,Gambit, and Rogue. I want to see these four characters get their characters built up a bit so the word x-men actually means something. Right now it is really the Wolverine/Magneto films. as soon as i hear some news of this i will regain my excitement.

    • I second the motion. For me it all starts and ends with Cyclops first and foremost. I wish the people making these films would give us fanboys and fangirls that pay their bills by supporting avidly their movies what we really want to see, not change around canon until it is a totally unrecognizable mishmash poorly put together and not even remotely resembling the source material. I do want to see Apocalypse, and mabe Omega Red and Mr. Sinister for the baddies, but they have GOT to bring back Cyclops. Doing Rogue and Kitty Pryde as Rogue and Kitty Pryde would help their case as well. Maybe an adult Banshee and adult Havok and perhaps Polaris wouldn’t hurt, and might actually be beneficial. And I agree, Iceman, Colossus, Nightcrawler, etc. could only be a positive bonus as well.

  7. 9 words…

    Too…Many…Plot…Holes…In….Continuity…To…Make…Sense

    • Too many holes wrecks the (w)hole idea!

    • there are no plot holes. Watch the franchise through to the end post credit scenes and all and this time actually PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE WATCHING!!!!!!!! it isn’t confusing little kids could freaking explain it. I mean, come on!

  8. so they are using the same story line as the Wolverine and the Xmen cartoon. Should be interesting on screen.

  9. Whatever they do, hope they don’t show Apocalypse as an alien and possessing young Magneto in a desert or wherever. That would be stupid. Show him as a being that’s as menacing and intimidating as depicted in comics. No essence possessing, no vapor cloud or anything stupid like that.

    • there not going to meld apocalypse and magneto and he is not an alien. That is just people online being idiots. There is no continuity errors I will tell you what I have told them. watch the franchise all the way through to the post credits and actually pay attention!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Apocalypse has the potential to be one of the most memorable cinematic comic book villains. Wonder who will play the role? Jason Momoa and voiced by Christopher Lee??

  11. AAAAAAHHH!!! Why can’t the studios just play nice and let all the franchises coexist in peace and harmony like in the comics?! We would have mutants in the Avengers, the Fantastic Four showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-man fighting alongside Daredevil and Luke Cage, and Thor or Cap could drop by and say, “Hey there X-Men, need a hand in dealing with Apocalypse?” Not to mention, WAAAAAAY down the road, they could make a Civil War movie, or (dare I say it?) an Avengers vs X-Men movie. But I dream…

  12. My prediction:

    Mister Sinister is the ‘future’ alias of Shaw/Schmidt (which would include Nathaniel Essex, if we’re sticking to source material), and he is behind it all. Kevin Bacon could return or be recast like the Cobra Commander. The Hellfire Club’s plan to destroy the world in order to eliminate humans and empower mutants was very ‘survival of the fittest’ and precisely what Apocalypse himself has attempted in the comics.

    Reasoning: the cast is being revealed as larger and larger every day, and only a fee are villainous. Bolivar Trask and an army of Sentinels pose a threat to two teams in two different time periods? No way. It’s all a smokescreen to hide the ultimate reveal: Shaw lives and has grown Sinister.
    When he fails once more, Apocalypse will fully awaken to finish what his servant could not.

  13. Long live the God of All Mutants!

  14. this s*** sounds stupid. I’m keeping up hope that it won’t suck.

  15. “Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

    Clearly young Pro. X is going to die and give way to the Age of Apocalypse. I just spooged.

  16. Off topic just a tad but has anyone seen the first look at Quicksilver??? Maybe SR is working on it but some sites have released the pics already… Check it out… I think he looks terrible…http://screencrush.com/evan-peeters-quicksilver-x-men-days-of-future-photo/

  17. I’m glad that Apocalypse is going to be in a movie, but I have my doubts about DoFP. I think it would’ve been better to just give the franchise a reboot, so they would not have to focus too much on address plot holes and inconsistencies in previous installments.

  18. Damn you, Bryan Singer. They never should have entrusted you with this franchise.

    Bane

  19. All I know is that these movies have been boring asss helll..Bryan Singer has not changed style since that awful Superman Returns. Don’t even know why he wants to co-write shiit. If it wasn’t for Hugh Jackman these movies would have not gone past X-Men 2.

    • This movie is critically acclaimed, overwhelmingly positive to
      critically acclaimed hype surrounding the film, 301.5 million box
      office, and has been put in the top 5 comic book films of all time, and
      the top 3 marvel films ever. It has been estimated to make 900 million
      dollars gross revenue. There is no continuity issues you just have to
      pay attention and watch x-men the last stand and the wolverine. It is a
      fantastic script, awesome action packed fun time, sure to become the
      best summer blockbuster film of the year at this rate, and one of the
      best films of the year. then don’t watch it. Go back to watching pacific rim!

  20. YES!!!!!

    Let En Sabah Nur rise from the grave again!

    DO NOT MESS WITH APOCALYPSE!!!!

    Split the timeline with part of the movie in the 80s and part in the millennium, just like Age of Apocalypse & Days of Future Past and this’ll gross half a billion at the cinema…