How ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Leads To Apocalypse

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

Apocalypse Desert X Men Days of Future Past How X Men: Days of Future Past Leads To Apocalypse

Over a year ago, when director Bryan Singer first confirmed that the X-Men: First Class followup would be based on the much beloved ’90s Days of Future Past storyline from Marvel Comics, the reveal painted an interesting and exciting future for the franchise. The concept of time travel has yet to be explored in the superhero movie genre, and for the X-Men specifically, which has had many films over the last 13 years, it’s a way to bring back everyone and rewrite history, right some wrongs.

Time travel gives storytellers the ultimate plot device to alter continuity, change and bring back characters, etc., but it also lets the X-Men movies do bigger and better things – including introducing one of Marvel’s most dangerous villains in Apocalypse, for instance. Singer confirmed yesterday in an out-of-the-blue announcement on Twitter that another X-Men film is coming 2016 and that it would be all about Apocalypse – it’s becoming increasingly clear that it will be more of a continuation of Days of Future Past than a standalone affair.

We know this partly because there were rumors this summer around Comic-Con time that Apocalypse would be introduced as the next big bad in Days of Future Past and when Bleeding Cool asked Bryan Singer directly about the villain, he danced around the question awkwardly. We now know why. He just couldn’t say so at the time but Apocalypse is coming and it’s a safe bet he’ll be introduced or teased in Days of Future Past. With so many characters being revealed in the fist X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, Singer and co. must be holding some things back, right?

The second part of this we learned after Singer’s exciting tweet. Co-writer Simon Kinberg, the man who came up with the Days of Future Past movie idea with Matthew Vaughn (who was going to direct and is now producing), just signed a three-year deal with Fox which will essentially let him help write and produce Marvel stories that span multiple films. This involves both the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes, and their inevitable crossovers. Fun fact: Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg are also producing Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Bleeding Cool also claims to have learned early in the year that Apocalypse was always in the cards as not only another sequel, but a direct continuation of the story which brings back everyone – some in reduced roles – while still introducing new characters. It would involve characters from the past and present much like Days of Future Past features both.

But there’s more and be warned, but now we’re entering epic spoilers territory…


Page 2: Spoilers For How X-Men: Days of Future Past Sets Up 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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Sources: Bleeding Cool, First Showing

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  1. There is a lot of speculation of FF/X-men crossover movies, but would Fox be allowed to do that? I suppose the contract may have left the idea “grey” but I can’t imagine Marvel would allow this if they can stop it. What would stop Fox from teaming up with Sony to bring Spider-man in? I’m not saying I’m against all this, but it seems like combining these properties would go a long way towards enabling them to keep them for a longer time than if the properties were required to remain separate.

    Can anyone confirm that Fox can or cannot combine X-men and FF? Beyond that they have the movie rights for both. I really haven’t read anything that says specifically. I’ve read them discussed in the same conversations, and gonzo-fan speculation follows.

    • I’m not sure what’s not to understand about it. Because they hold the film rights to both properties, there isn’t any means, legal or otherwise, to tell them they can’t combine the properties just like Marvel can’t tell them what to do with each individual film / story. When you sign off rights to a studio, you don’t get veto power within that studio.

      Now, if Marvel were to enter into an agreement for a specific project, complete with financial contributions in excess of 50%, then they certainly would have the ability to make suggestions and maybe even halt certain ideas. That is a whole different animal than film rights though.

      • I guess I’m just not comfortable leaving things to “Chance.” (Get it?).

        There could be wording that specifically limits them to X-men or FF, and says they can’t combine them. Or they could have left that wording out (not anticipating the possibility back in the 90′s), but the wording could be interpreted one way or another. “Could” is the operative word. I admit I don’t know and I’m wondering if anyone knows anything solid.

        I was already aware that they hold the film rights, thank you. But you’re interpretation of what they can and can’t do sounds like pure guess-work. The contracts themselves are probably more than spit and a handshake. There’s probably reams of paper and lawyers on both sides looking for angles to exploit.

        I haven’t read any quote that clearly says they are going to combine these properties. What they have said can more solidly be interpreted as they plan to maximize each property. Nowhere have they said they’ll combine them.

  2. Why the heck would you take the opportunity to use Michael Fassenbender, this actor gaining and appearing to be ever more popular year after year and you want the chance to take him since his excellent introduction where he ended as THE villain, and transition him to an anti-hero in his 2nd outing via DOFP, and then transition him into an even WORSE villain, when instead you could turn him into the coolest hero in AOA. WTH!??!

  3. Well looks like this Magneto possession rumor has been debunked as Latino Review posted tweet from Singer saying Apocalypse isnt an alien. So, take it for what its worth…

  4. The real superheroes are right here on this comment forum. Pat yourselves on the back, you’ve saved the movie!

  5. We, the few, the proud, the opinionated. [snickers]

  6. i wanna see the Horsemen too! gods, Angel, Gambit, Wolverine… how many of the X-Men have been one? it’s an easy way to give Wolvie back his adamantium if it doesn’t happen in DOFP.

  7. You know, the thought had occurred to me, that Disney owns Marvel Comics as well as ALL of it’s characters. IF Disney were to buy out ether the movie rights to Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers and whoever is behind the Fantastic Four reboot (or maybe just buy the studios), Disney could make the decision to do a multi-crossover that has everyone involved in a storyline like ‘INFINITY GAUNTLET’ and/or ‘ONSLAUGHT’ (the storyline that caused the short-lived reboot of Iron-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers & Captain America in the mid-90′s).
    Think of it- A future Avengers film that features Spider-Man & Wolverine as members, or Spider-Man fighting alongside the Fantastic Four against the Green Goblin and the Frightful Four? Maybe…just maybe…create a TV series called ‘MARVEL TEAM-UP’ (so many possibilities there). Maybe…a second series called ‘Operation: S.H.I.E.L.D.- Task Force One’?

    • I wish that was the case, and they should hurry up and buy out the other characters from Fox and Sony. Fox has destroyed the X-men franchise and we’ll soon see how Fox shows quicksilver and how Marvel show him and the scarlet witch in Avengers 2. Not sure how some X-men fans are ok with Singer and Fox at the helm of the X-men, just doesnt make sense to me.

      • I’ve been slightly disappointed in how many of the superhero films have been created (well, not Iron Man). I just saw ‘Marvel Studios- Assembling A Universe’, and like particularly the sketch of Iron Man (in Hulkbuster armor from the comic) fighting the Hulk, the confirmation of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch being in A2, which I was doubting this news, being what I heard about FOX owning the rights to anything with the word ‘mutant’ in and around it. I was hoping the Sentinels were going to be a lot bigger than what they will be for this film…still, it might be okay. Won’t know until it comes out.

        So, what did you think of my idea of a MARVEL TEAM-UP TV show? I like to see something a lot more close to looking like the comic, not another ‘Arrow’ spinoff to ‘Smallville’, which ironically, was a concept taken from someone that wanted Kevin Smith to use when asked to direct Superman back in 1997 (a guy who didn’t where a costume, didn’t fly, and battled a giant spider).

        Okay, so Tom Welling didn’t fight spiders.

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