‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Sets 2016 Release Date

By December 5, 2013


Just a few minutes ago, director Bryan Singer tweeted the following: “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” which seems to indicate that a new X-Men film is on the way.

That’s seemingly being confirmed as The Film Stage reports the exact release date of the new sequel will be May 27th, 2016. That’s almost exactly two years after the release date of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is scheduled for May 23rd, 2014. Will Singer direct, or just produce? We’re not sure, but you can bet your comic-book-movie-lovin’ butt there’s gonna be plenty of news about this movie over the next couple of years, so we won’t have long to wait to find out.

Nobody has any information at this time about the specific plot details of the newest X-adventure, but comic fans will recognize the word “Apocalypse” as more than just a term for the end of the world: he’s an iconic X-Men villain who is thousands of years old, awakened in the modern era by the presence of the time-traveling mutant Cable (and as you know, time travel plays a key role in the plot of Days of Future Past).


Want to know what kind of mutant powers this dude has? I’ll let Wikipedia take it from here (emphasis mine):

The character has total control over the molecules of his body, enabling him to alter his form as it suits him, such as allowing his body to become extremely malleable and flexible or change its size, enhance his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons or wings and jets, regenerate from fatal injuries, adapt his body to apparently any disease or hostile environment and give himself virtually any physical superhuman power. The character is also able to project and absorb energy, and has displayed telepathy and telekinesis. Apocalypse is as well capable of technopathy, able to directly interface with the various technologies he has at his disposal. Apocalypse is also immortal, and immune to aging, not needing sustenance of any kind and can survive fatal injuries. Whether this ability is a part of his mutant powers, or developed as a result of his merging with celestial technology is unclear.

Oh, is that all? Freakin’ A, this guy sounds unstoppable. Wait, what? There’s more?

Aside from his superhuman powers, Apocalypse is extraordinarily intelligent, a scientific genius with knowledge in various areas of science and technology including physics, engineering, genetics, and biology, that is far more advanced than conventional science. Apocalypse has knowledge of Celestial technology that he uses for his own applications, such as altering mutants or humans. Apocalypse is also a skilled demagogue and a master strategist.

OK, now it’s just getting ridiculous. I only remember this guy from the X-Men animated series (I never got into the comics), but this sounds absolutely insane and it seems like it will take every single X-person in the universe to bring this mother effer down.

All of the studios that own superhero properties seem to be stepping up their respective games in the wake of Marvel Studios’ domination of the past few years in superhero films: WB just announced Wonder Woman will be in their Man of Steel sequel, and the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reveals teases of the Sinister Six. Since Marvel is bringing us a totally out-there film like Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like 20th Century Fox is banking on being able to get a little outside the mainstream themselves by incorporating a dude who’s basically a giant alien god who can essentially do anything.

I look forward to seeing the next generation of superhero films continue to get more bizarre. I’m pretty tired of the same old origin stories, so the more outlandish, the better as far as I’m concerned. What do you think?

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  • Edith Ferranti

    I have the whole X-men DVD collection and I can’t wait to add X-Men: Apocalypse to it.