That’s right, folks. Director Bryan Singer took to Twitter earlier today and apparently confirmed that 20th Century Fox is moving forward on their next installment in the X-Men film franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse scheduled to arrive in 2016. As to whether or not the film will focus on the First Class cast or move on to an entirely different group is still a mystery, but the title of the film does seem to suggest an Apocalypse-related storyline.
Making his first appearance in the pages of "X-Factor" in 1986, Apocalypse remains one of the more powerful villains in the Marvel universe and is long believed to be one of the first mutants to exist. If the franchise does indeed introduce Apocalypse on the big screen, the scope and range of characters that could follow his appearance could be very exciting for fans.
At the time of his introduction, the "X-Factor" series was focusing on the revival of original X-Men team members Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Jean Grey years after they believed Grey was killed. If the studio plays its cards right, this could be a very unique way to bring Jean Grey and Cyclops (both of whom are currently deceased in the cinematic universe) back into continuity.
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the next film slated to be released for the franchise and will star James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Peter Dinklage and will arrive in theaters on July 14, 2014.
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