A new semester begins at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters this spring when filming commences on the franchise's next installment: X-Men: Apocalypse. After Days of Future Past's critical and box office success, our expectations of its sequel are high - especially so following the announcement Byran Singer will return as headmaster... err, director.
Not only was Days of Future Past a good X-Men film (an occurrence that's rarer than we'd like), but the film set the franchise off on a new course, basically pulling the best parts from the series' messy timelines into one cohesive story line. However, this tampering with history will have effects beyond just simplifying the X-Men film canon.
It's expected that X-Men: Apocalypse's titular villain will come on the scene as a direct result of Days of Future Past's timeline reset; something that film's button scene already hinted at. On top of that, Apocalypse will undoubtedly be the X-Men's greatest foe to date, and doing battle with this titanic threat will make X-Men: Apocalypse the largest, most massive X-Men film yet.
Along with the film's more massive scope, the cast too is expected to be larger. Yesterday, Singer shared a photo on his Instagram account announcing that the casting process for Apocalypse had begun, and that presumably all these empty chairs will soon be filled with the next class of mutants: