Bryan Singer Reveals What ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will Be About and How It Ties Into ‘Days of Future Past’

By January 8, 2014

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X-Men director Bryan Singer gave longtime X-Men fans what they wanted back in December: word that a new movie was on the way, and that it will finally deal with the evil mega-mutant known as Apocalypse. We know X2 writers Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty are involved in some capacity, as is Simon Kinberg (who wrote First Class), but further details have been hard to come by…until now.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Singer revealed a few new pieces of info about what we can expect from the upcoming sequel. First off, will he direct it?

“I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”

So far, so good. Will we see a post-credits stinger tease of Apocalypse in this year’s Days of Future Past?

“I’m still deciding that. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

Interesting. Finally, what will the story for that next movie be about?

“It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”


We wonder what kind of implications might this have for Fox’s intentions to make its own Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of The Avengers. It seems like Fox’s deal with Marvel allows for the use of mutants while Disney’s Marvel films don’t. Will we see a time when these massive franchises will collide? It seems like there would be so much money involved in that kind of crossover project that there’d be plenty to go around for everyone involved, but I’m not a lawyer and I’m certainly not privy to the details of those particular contracts.

In the meantime, we can just geek out about the idea of such a thing happening and get excited to see what each entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universes will deliver. Apocalypse sounds pretty huge in scope – like, Prometheus-level huge – so we’re hoping Singer and his team can bring together that sense of scale and the driving story that made X2 such a great film. To watch the entire Days of Future Past panel from Comic-Con, click here.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (which, sadly, will be Rouge-less) hits theaters on May 23rd, 2014, while X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27th, 2016.

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