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

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

X Men Apocalypse Movie 2016 How X Men: Days of Future Past Leads To Apocalypse

 [Warning: There are major potential spoilers ahead regarding the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past]




According to First Showing, who claim to have an insider in the know who they spoke to after the X-Men: Apocalypse announcement, Apocalypse is introduced at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past and director Bryan Singer already cast him, but it’s not what you think. Apocalypse will become a character already in the franchise. Here’s how.

In the film universe, Apocalypse will reportedly have the power to transfer his consciousness and abilities into other mutants and possesses a key character you already know. First Showing has seen a few pages of the script from a second source that seemingly verifies this information, but they don’t reveal some of the even bigger spoilers surrounding the epic conclusion of the film and major “unbelievable” teases of the future of the franchise.

You should know by now to keep your butt planted as the credits roll for a Marvel movie and you definitely need to stick around for this. The X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits button will – according to FS - show young Magneto in the ’70s (Michael Fassbender) living in isolation out in a desert – likely because the world is after him for thinking he assassinated president John F. Kennedy - and while out of his hut grabbing water he sees an object come crashing down from the sky and into the ground nearby. Magneto investigates and an alien described as “towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes” emerges and says:

“I have crossed rivers of time to find you.”

Magneto asks the being to identify itself and it responds:

“I am your future.”

Apocalypse then possesses Magneto, resulting in a massive explosion. Magneto, now possessed and realizing his upgraded god-like powers, smiles and then it cuts out. Do we have a time-travelling super-powerful Michael Fassbender as the primary antagonist of the past and present X-Men for X-Men: Apocalypse? Sounds like it.

X Men Days of Future Past Magneto at Kennedy assassination How X Men: Days of Future Past Leads To Apocalypse

While this revelation, if true, is of course a deviation from the comics, it could be drawing elements from the Ultimate X-Men comics where Apocalypse is introduced by using Mr. Sinister – another key X-Men villain - as a host. In that iteration of the universe and character, Cable takes Professor X into the future to train him to battle Apocalypse (makes a lot of sense to have that happen with James McAvoy). They come back and team up with the X-Men and – you guessed it – the Fantastic Four to fight Apocalypse. Even Jean Grey’s Phoenix Force (see: X-Men: The Last Stand) is involved.

Also in the Ultimate universe, the time-travelling mutant known as Cable is actually an older Wolverine who’s spent much of his life battling Apocalypse. We still don’t know if Cable is going to be introduced, but with time travel stories and X-Force on the way, it’d be strange not to introduce him, since fellow time travelers Bishop (Omar Sy) is going to play a role in Days of Future Past. We’ve tossed around theories on the site here several times on how Hugh Jackman could play Cable as well as Wolverine should the creatives choose that route instead of making Cable the son of under-utilized X-Men team leader Cyclops.

We now wonder if the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four will also tie into X-Men: Apocalypse (the timing is right) and how X-Force will factor in. Will Fox essentially run two separate timeline/dimensions side-by-side with many of the actors playing different versions of the characters in each? Will we see some fan-favorite mutants become the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Could the alternate timeline device Fox is employing be the answer to the potential ultimate multi-studio crossover years and years down the road? One step at a time.


Update: X-Men: Apocalypse Director & Time Period


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 CoolFirst 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. Well sign this if you want them not to ruin the Age of Apocalypse story line, if we can get enough for a death star why not this

  3. 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!??!

  4. 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…

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

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

  7. 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.

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  9. 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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