As Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios negotiate for shared custody of Spider-Man, Twentieth Century Fox continues to go solo with it steadily expanding X-Men cinematic universe. Standalone titles Gambit and Deadpool are in development alongside another Wolverine movie, but next on Fox's slate is sequel/prequel X-Men: Apocalypse, which continues the trend of "historical" X-Men movies by stepping forward another decade from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Introduced in the post-credits scene of the last film, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is an ancient and extremely powerful mutant who will serve as the latest foe of the X-Men. The movie will be set in the 1980s and will introduce younger versions of Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).
With the production start date still several months away there's very little information available about the plot of X-Men: Apocalypse. Even the actors claim not to have seen the script yet. Director Bryan Singer, however, has been sharing photos from pre-production on his Instagram account that include images of a very early Cerebro set build and a model of Professor Xavier's mansion.
Singer's latest share is a very mysterious piece of production art for X-Men: Apocalypse. It shows what appears to be some kind of ship and an indistinct figure dressed in yellow standing at the bottom of a ramp leading into it. At a guess this ship could be Ship, the sentient A.I. that acted as Apocalypse's mobile home base for a while in the comics.
The figure standing in front of the ship could be Apocalypse himself; or, Professor X may have decided to bring back the yellow uniform color scheme for the X-Men and this could be one of the movie's heroes (the character looks sort of Wolverine-esque).Without context it's difficult to glean much more information from this image, but it can at least be appreciated as a cool bit of concept art.
Whereas X-Men: Days of Future Past was something of a school reunion for both the past and not-too-distant-future mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse will ditch the time travel and focus on the characters introduced in the prequel trilogy. It will also bring back Rose Byrne as CIA agent and mutant ally Moira Taggert, and it seems likely that Singer will introduce new mutants as well. With regards to the setting, we're probably going to see some more exciting fashion choices, so brace yourselves for leg warmers and side ponytails.
X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters on May 27th, 2016.
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