Most of the X-Men films have been made at least partly in Canada, with Montreal, Quebec serving as the primary shooting location for this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. For its direct followup, X-Men: Apocalypse, the cast and crew will be returning to the same location and following the same schedule.
Bryan Singer's Days of Future Past - the most successful installment in the X-Men movie franchise which has been running since Singer directed its first installment in 2000 - began shooting in April 2013. Sets were crafted in Mel’s Studio in Montreal months earlier with many sequences shot on location within Quebec. For Apocalypse, it seems if it ain't broke, there's no need for Twentieth Century Fox to fix it.
Set construction will begin for X-Men: Apocalypse this December for a production start in April 2015 at the very same studio. Principal photography begins around the same time in April next year as it did last year for the previous installment to hit a similar late-May release. It's fitting, given the nature of the returning cast, crew and storyline.
Also beginning production around the same time will be Marvel Studios' Captain America 3 in Atlanta. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who hit it big with Captain America: The Winter Soldier this year, are on a similar schedule as X-Men, beginning photography in April for a May 2016 release.
Those aren't the only comic book films coming in 2016 however, and arguably the biggest genre release that year will be the long-awaited Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, currently scheduled for release on March 25, 2016. Later that year Marvel is expected to release Doctor Strange in July 2016 but has yet to officially get a title or date. Also coming in 2016 are Sony's Sinister Six (followup to The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and an unannounced film by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
2016 is mostly a year of successors to this year's Marvel branded releases with the total number of comic book movie releases growing to six. And it's only going to keep growing now that we know there are at least 40 DC and Marvel films coming in the next six years.
Director Bryan Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg have been talking up Apocalypse since before X-Men: Days of Future Past even hit theaters. Given how the latter concludes, it clearly sets up a followup (not to mention the post-credits button teasing Apocalypse). We're told that X-Men: Apocalypse will somehow be even "bigger' than DOFP and there are hints that some of the original cast may return yet again, along with younger versions of key characters from the original trilogy.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016 and The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017.
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