When it comes to superhero movies, it’s not, “What have you done for me lately?” It is, “What will you do for me in the future.”
Major comic-book franchises built around Spider-Man and the Avengers have release dates booked for their various sequels. And now the X-Men universe is doing what it can to keep pace.
Bryan Singer, director of next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (and the man who helped launch the X-Men on screen), today tweeted that X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters on May 27, 2016. Get excited, X-fans!
Why would the simple hashtag #Apocalypse get X-Men fans excited? It likely hints at the very popular Age of Apocalypse from 1995-96, which pit the massive villain of the title against virtually every mutant hero spread out in multiple X-Men books.
It is a confusing storyline involving time travel (which will be a huge component of Days of Future Past), with Charles Xavier’s future son coming back in time to try and eliminate Magneto. Apocalypse is a villain who chooses the confusion created by alternate timelines to wage war on humanity. Basically, it can lead to an epic movie if 20th Century Fox can pull it off.
This seems like a tremendous vote of confidence for Future Past. Fox must assume that it has a hit on its hands if it’s already prepared to drop an X-Men movie into theaters in 2016. But who will direct? Is it Singer? Or is he just the messenger?
Question abound. Until we know, hit the comic shop, read up on Age of Apocalypse, and prepare for Days of Future Past.