Following The Amazing Spider-Man 2 first trailer, another X-Men movie was creeping up on you all along. Director Bryan Singer has made a huge announcement for the X-Men franchise coming in the summer of 2016.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director revealed the next installment in this mutant franchise will be titled X-Men: Apocalypse.
The precise date for this follow-up is May 27th, 2016, about two years after the upcoming release of Days of Future Past, which puts Apocalypse up against Walt Disney Pictures’ Alice in Wonderland 2.
One of the most powerful villains the X-Men have faced, called Apocalypse has conquered North America and enslaved humanity in the comics. Created by Louise and Walter Simonson, Apocalypse made his debut in X-Factor #6.
Here are the tweets in question:
@GermainLussier This is Fox’s official word (word for word): X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will open, in wide release, on May 27, 2016.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 5, 2013
Here’s a short description of Apocalypse from The Marvel Encyclopedia:
Born nearly 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, Apocalypse is one of the earliest known mutant humans. As “En Sabah Nur”, or “The First One,” he traveled the world for thousands of years, instigating wars to test which nations were fittest and was worshipped as a god by ancient civilizations.
In the 20th century, Nur, now called Apocalypse, decided that the emerging superhuman mutants were destined to supplant unfit ordinary humans. Hence, he often battled the original X-Fact and the X-Men, who were dedicated to peaceful coexistence between mutants and other humans.
Though extraordinarily long-loved, Apocalypse’s phsyical body eventually wore out. He survived by projecting his consciousness into host bodies.
The powers of Apocalypse include altering the atomic structure of his body to change shape, increasing his size by absorbing additional mass, superhuman strength, stamina and durability.
And here’s a bit of Apocalypse from the 90s series, X-Men: