This week brought the exciting news that an X-Men spinoff called The New Mutants is in development with Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) lined up to direct. That's still some way off, however, and before that we have Bryan Singer's prequel/sequel X-Men: Apocalypse to look forward to.
Starring Oscar Isaac as the eponymous antagonist, a powerful and ancient mutant, X-Men: Apocalypse will pick up the story of Professor Charles Xavier and his band of mutants in the 1980s, a decade after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer has been offering glimpses into the production through social media (including last week's look at star James McAvoy getting his head shaved to play Professor X), but his latest reveal might also be the most mysterious one yet.
The image shows men standing in the forest wearing what could be military officer caps, but coupled with suits and ties rather than distinctly military uniforms (a troop of warrior chauffeurs, maybe?) The fact that they're using batons and bows suggests they might be fighting Magneto, but if that were the case then surely it would make more sense for them to use non-metal guns similar to the one that Mystique wielded in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The kid in the picture doesn't look immediately familiar, but could be one of Professor X's young mutant students. X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce younger versions of characters like Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops and Nightcrawler, so this might be someone that we've met before.
Singer's cryptic caption could means several things. It could mean that a part of the X-Men's past is catching up to them in the 1980s. It could be a reference to Apocalypse, since he's an ancient mutant who has been around for many centuries. Or it could mean that X-Men: Apocalypse will begin to catch up to the present day storyline; it's set only a couple of decades away from when we met the characters in Singer's 2000 movie X-Men.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.
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