[Warning: The following article contains SPOILERS for X-Men: Days of Future Past.]
Between Captain America 3, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, May 2016 is shaping up to be a pretty insane month for comic book movie releases. Twentieth Century Fox wisely decided not to go head-to-head with the other two titans in the ring, which means that we'll at least get a couple of weeks off before being introduced to the next X-Men arch-villain.
That nemesis (in case the movie title didn't already give it away) is Apocalypse, one of the first mutants ever born on Earth. Shown overseeing the construction of a pyramid in the post-credits sequence for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse AKA En Sabah Nur is an Ancient Egyptian mutant gifted with immortality and a handful of other terrifyingly powerful abilities. Continuing the pattern of the previous two movies, X-Men: Apocalypse will jump forward another decade into the 1980s, where Charles Xavier and the team will face off against a 20th century incarnation of Apocalypse.
Aiding Apocalypse in his misdeeds are the Four Horsemen: mutants brainwashed into serving as his disciples, who were also glimpsed in X-Men: Days of Future Past's post-credits scene. As a very early tease for X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has posted a sneak peek at the script treatment on Instagram, which suggests that the prologue for the movie will pick up from what we last saw.
You can have fun filling in the blanks of that opening paragraph, but it makes it pretty clear that Singer and co-writers Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris currently intend to begin X-Men: Apocalypse with a prologue set around 3000 B.C., in order to show the powerful mutant's early career in warmongering. The Four Horsemen are also given a mention, and it will be interesting to see which modern day mutants end up being drafted into Apocalypse's entourage.
While it doesn't give away too much that we didn't already know about the plot of X-Men: Apocalypse, the tease does reaffirm that Singer is still attached to the movie, despite recent rumors that Fox was seeking a different director in the wake of sexual abuse allegations filed against him. With the lawsuit currently ongoing and a hearing set for August 4th, it's possible that the scandal could still affect the future of the X-Men franchise down the line.
X-Men: Days of Future Past has set the series in good stead, having recently become the #1 highest grossing movie of the year so far at the worldwide box office with a total take of $712.7 million, just barely edging past Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $711.2 million. With fan favorite Quicksilver returning and Singer's hints that Jean Grey and Cyclops will also be making a comeback, X-Men: Apocalypse might have what it takes to become an even bigger hit.
X-Men Apocalypse is slated for release on May 27th, 2016.
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