X-fans were very excited by the news that director Bryan Singer would be sticking around after the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past to make a follow-up featuring fan-favourite bad guy, Apocalypse. Less exciting was the idea that the Apocalypse to be featured in the creatively titled X-Men: Apocalypse would be some kind of alien that comes down and infects Magneto – the young version played by Michael Fassbender – and that a teaser at the end of DOFP would set the whole thing up. Singer says this is not the case, and he is setting the record straight in a new interview.
“That’s not the case,” Singer told Empire regarding the rumors, “and neither will that particular thing be in the film. People were concerned we were making Apocalypse an alien. It’s odd. I don’t know where that came from.”
What Singer will say is that the two films will be connected, and that the events of DOFP will make way for the events to be portrayed in Apocalypse. “What happens in this movie brings about what’ll happen in that movie,” Singer added.
As you all know Days of Future Past is the epic coming together of the X-Men generations of the original trilogy and the prequel X-Men: First Class in order to stop a horrible future where mutants are hunted to the brink of extinction by the robotic Sentinels. For the next film, and its titular villain, Singer says that he’s drawn to the story because of the core idea inherent in the character.
“One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants,” Singer explained. “What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?”
The answer, of course, is yes. In the comics, Apocalypse was born in Ancient Egypt where his mutant disfigurement shunned him, but castaway he developed his philosophy of survival of the fittest and became a warlord. Aside from being immortal, Apocalypse has tremendous powers including shape-shifting and telepathy as well as a vast personal knowledge of science and genetics. In other words, he’s a very formidable foe. The First Class gang, who will be going solo in the sixth X-Men film, will have their work cut out for them.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to come out in 2016; Days of Future Past comes out this summer on May 22.
More news as it develops.