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Bryan Singer is confirmed to direct X-Men: Apocalypse! Plus, a spoiler tease of the story!

12.09.2013

Last week, director Bryan Singer tweeted the title and date of the next X-Men film, although was cryptic in whether or note he'd actually be directing it. Now, Vulture is reporting that Singer is indeed helming the follow-up, which will be a direct sequel to next summer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. They also say that "...Apocalypse will be a direct sequel set up in Days of Future Past's closing moments, the new film is intended to focus strictly on the younger McAvoy-Fassbender cast. The movie suggests that though First Class was the franchise's lowest earner when it bowed in 2011, Fox has enough confidence that the star-packed Days of Future Past will give the new cast enough momentum to stand on its own."

Now, that's an interesting bit. Perhaps the merging of casts for DOFP was more of a one-off than an actual merging of the timelines if that's the case. Even more interesting is the SPOILER-FILLED set up for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, which is said to be part of the end credits sequence in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Scroll below if you want to know, but if you want to stay fresh this is the time for you to click away.

"...the credits bumper jumps back to the past with a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in a ramshackle house in the desert eating dinner, clearly on the run from all the authorities who want to bring him down. While using a well outside to get some water, the young Magneto sees something fall from the night sky and crash to Earth nearby. Upon inspecting the impact zone, he encounters what is described as an "alien form" who is "towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes." It's Apocalypse and he says, "I have crossed rivers of time to find you." Magneto asks, "Who are you?"

The alien responds, "I am your future." Suddenly Apocalypse merges with Magneto, who screams and blasts an insane amount of energy and shockwaves around him. This energy explosion levels everything around him, with a blast radius that goes for miles. As Magneto looks at what he's done, he has a realization of the power he now holds and a villainous grin begins to form before the film cuts to black."

Interesting, indeed. There's no telling whether or not this will be the actual set-up, but if it is then we're in for a wild ride and some fanboys will be riled up to all hell. It's doubtful that will keep them away from seeing either of the next two X-films, though. However, with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST being the second most expensive film in Fox's history it certainly needs to perform well.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is set to hit theaters on May 23, 2014 and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is set for summer 2016.

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8:38AM on 12/11/2013
"I am your future. I am... your density."
"I am your future. I am... your density."
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4:21PM on 12/10/2013

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Bram Stoker's Dracula: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." They must be related.
Bram Stoker's Dracula: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." They must be related.
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3:20PM on 12/10/2013
Damn, this sounds good to me.
Damn, this sounds good to me.
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8:45AM on 12/10/2013
"I have crossed rivers of time to find you", love it, sounds like something Apocalypse would say. Not sure where Singer is going with this, but on many occasions in the comics, Apocalypse goes into a cryogenic sleep to wait out his return on different centuries. Plus I wouldnt doubt the horsemen will play a role in this, separating the strong and weak, basically how Magneto see's mutants and humans.
"I have crossed rivers of time to find you", love it, sounds like something Apocalypse would say. Not sure where Singer is going with this, but on many occasions in the comics, Apocalypse goes into a cryogenic sleep to wait out his return on different centuries. Plus I wouldnt doubt the horsemen will play a role in this, separating the strong and weak, basically how Magneto see's mutants and humans.
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5:37AM on 12/10/2013
Sounds like DOFP is giving the original cast a proper send off. I'm probably in the minority of a minority that enjoyed The Last Stand (while accepting it had many faults) but am happy that they are getting a proper send off (I suspect only Jackman will be used again from here on in) - probably also a chance for Singer to get some redemption for opting for Superman Returns. I was sure the "merging" thing was going to raise a few eye brows but I was never an X-Men comic book fan collector so
Sounds like DOFP is giving the original cast a proper send off. I'm probably in the minority of a minority that enjoyed The Last Stand (while accepting it had many faults) but am happy that they are getting a proper send off (I suspect only Jackman will be used again from here on in) - probably also a chance for Singer to get some redemption for opting for Superman Returns. I was sure the "merging" thing was going to raise a few eye brows but I was never an X-Men comic book fan collector so that won't bother me if that's a route they're going to take.

With regard to that Youtube video, always did make me laugh when characters had a letter on their armour/uniform/body - like A for Apocalypse or WW for Wonder Woman. I'm still worried that WW will form part of WW's logo - I mean, I hope she doesn't go calling herself that - but rather gets labeled by the media when she eventually shows up. If the logo is to be kept, they could always rewrite history...and say WW actually means hope to the people of the Amazon! ;o)
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11:01PM on 12/09/2013
Colour me excited for this!!
Colour me excited for this!!
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8:01PM on 12/09/2013
Sounds to me like Apocalypse turns Magneto into one of the horsemen.
Sounds to me like Apocalypse turns Magneto into one of the horsemen.
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2:32AM on 12/10/2013
I hope you're right.
I hope you're right.
5:22PM on 12/09/2013

Hmmmm

I'm gonna be a little disappointed if Wolverine doesn't get to fight Apocalypse.
I'm gonna be a little disappointed if Wolverine doesn't get to fight Apocalypse.
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4:57PM on 12/09/2013

So again,

Singer's gonna mess up another great X-Men opportunity.
Singer's gonna mess up another great X-Men opportunity.
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4:49PM on 12/09/2013

HMMMMMM

I would love to see Apokalypse....but what is this about him "merging" with Magneto? Did this ever happen in the comics? I know Xavier and Magneto merged at one time creating Onslaught. Either way I'm intrigued. As long as they KEEP BEN FOSTER THE HELL AWAY FROM ANGEL/ARCHANGEL.
I would love to see Apokalypse....but what is this about him "merging" with Magneto? Did this ever happen in the comics? I know Xavier and Magneto merged at one time creating Onslaught. Either way I'm intrigued. As long as they KEEP BEN FOSTER THE HELL AWAY FROM ANGEL/ARCHANGEL.
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4:32PM on 12/09/2013

Not surprised

This has me excited because this means we won't have Wolverine as the main character, again.
This has me excited because this means we won't have Wolverine as the main character, again.
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3:54PM on 12/09/2013
Brian Singer just refuted Apocalypse being an alien in a tweet (which makes me happy because at least he is sticking with cannon Apocalypse)
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Brian Singer just refuted Apocalypse being an alien in a tweet (which makes me happy because at least he is sticking with cannon Apocalypse)
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3:04PM on 12/09/2013
"You had my interest before, but now you have my attention!" - Leonardo DiCaprio (DJANGO UNCHAINED)
"You had my interest before, but now you have my attention!" - Leonardo DiCaprio (DJANGO UNCHAINED)
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2:38PM on 12/09/2013

Just let Apocalypse say these quotes and I JIZZ my pants!

"I am the rocks of the eternal shore... crash against me and be BROKEN!"

"I cannot be touched. I cannot be harmed. Watch me and tremble... for I bring the purity of oblivion to your world."


"I am as far beyond them as they are beyond YOU!!! I am the next step in human, mutant evolution. I am Apocalypse I am Eternal!"

Throw in some Shi'ar Empire, and I could die a happy man. But Rogue defiantly needs to start flying and get super strong so she can fuck Apocalypse up.
"I am the rocks of the eternal shore... crash against me and be BROKEN!"

"I cannot be touched. I cannot be harmed. Watch me and tremble... for I bring the purity of oblivion to your world."


"I am as far beyond them as they are beyond YOU!!! I am the next step in human, mutant evolution. I am Apocalypse I am Eternal!"

Throw in some Shi'ar Empire, and I could die a happy man. But Rogue defiantly needs to start flying and get super strong so she can fuck Apocalypse up.
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1:58PM on 12/09/2013
Damn rumors. I hope that Spoiler is not true, Magneto merging with Apocalype would probably fuck up the whole continuity and prevent "Days of Future Past" from happening?! However I like the idea of Singer directing more X-Men movies, hes quite the fan and know how to direct an ensemble cast.
Damn rumors. I hope that Spoiler is not true, Magneto merging with Apocalype would probably fuck up the whole continuity and prevent "Days of Future Past" from happening?! However I like the idea of Singer directing more X-Men movies, hes quite the fan and know how to direct an ensemble cast.
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1:53PM on 12/09/2013

Personally...

...I would like Singer to continue helming movies featuring the original cast, and someone else to step back in with the First Class cast and continue those separately as well. It'll seem pretty anticlimactic, too, to go right from the star-studded Days of Future Past back to the First Class cast right afterward. I mean, I don't know. It'll just be kind of weird unless they also plan on continuing with the [link] series as well.
...I would like Singer to continue helming movies featuring the original cast, and someone else to step back in with the First Class cast and continue those separately as well. It'll seem pretty anticlimactic, too, to go right from the star-studded Days of Future Past back to the First Class cast right afterward. I mean, I don't know. It'll just be kind of weird unless they also plan on continuing with the [link] series as well.
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1:51PM on 12/09/2013
i just want days of future past to be good before i pop a nerd boner on this one
i just want days of future past to be good before i pop a nerd boner on this one
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1:20PM on 12/09/2013
This all sounds like good news to me. I avoided the spoiler on here, not only am I glad we're getting Apocalypse, but I'm also glad we get to see more of the First Class crew. I was afraid that First Class was going to be a one-off for the "past" X-Men.
This all sounds like good news to me. I avoided the spoiler on here, not only am I glad we're getting Apocalypse, but I'm also glad we get to see more of the First Class crew. I was afraid that First Class was going to be a one-off for the "past" X-Men.
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1:07PM on 12/09/2013

Wait

I'm all for Apocalypse and everything but this is making sound like some sort of Planet X/Here Come Tomorrow arc rip off. I hope the while "traveled across time" is in reference to him actually being around since ancient Egypt and not showing up in the 40's.
I'm all for Apocalypse and everything but this is making sound like some sort of Planet X/Here Come Tomorrow arc rip off. I hope the while "traveled across time" is in reference to him actually being around since ancient Egypt and not showing up in the 40's.
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12:58PM on 12/09/2013
Does... Apocalypse merge with Magneto in the comics? I feel like this is a terrible retcon for the future timeline of events in the 1st X-Men film.
Does... Apocalypse merge with Magneto in the comics? I feel like this is a terrible retcon for the future timeline of events in the 1st X-Men film.
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12:53PM on 12/09/2013
Looking forward to this, but that credit rumor sounds terrible I hope that doesn't happen.
Looking forward to this, but that credit rumor sounds terrible I hope that doesn't happen.
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12:49PM on 12/09/2013
If he's not purple with a big blue A on his stomach, I walk.
If he's not purple with a big blue A on his stomach, I walk.
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12:41PM on 12/09/2013
First Class was the lowest earner? That doesn't mean lowest quality by far....
First Class was the lowest earner? That doesn't mean lowest quality by far....
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12:39PM on 12/09/2013
Hopefully we'll get a real Apocalypse & not just Magneto running around w/ a deeper voice or something. Regardless, this excites the hell out of me.
Hopefully we'll get a real Apocalypse & not just Magneto running around w/ a deeper voice or something. Regardless, this excites the hell out of me.
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12:34PM on 12/09/2013
Wait, so according to that setup, Apacolypse possess Magneto since they merged together? I'm a little confused on that part.

But other than that, this is GREAT NEWS. Just think what else could of happened to this franchise if Singer decided to direct The Last Stand instead of opting out for Superman Returns.
Wait, so according to that setup, Apacolypse possess Magneto since they merged together? I'm a little confused on that part.

But other than that, this is GREAT NEWS. Just think what else could of happened to this franchise if Singer decided to direct The Last Stand instead of opting out for Superman Returns.
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12:34PM on 12/09/2013

Y'know...

Back in 2003 I picked up an issue of Wizard that was released sometime around X2 and the issue presented concept art by Andy Kubert who tried to design characters for the upcoming X-Men 3 film. At that time Juggernaut and Gambit were one of the characters that many people would have hoped to appear in the film. Then came this image: [link]
It's a concept image of Apocalypse had Fox used him in X3. What do you guys think? Anyone else own this particular issue? ">
Back in 2003 I picked up an issue of Wizard that was released sometime around X2 and the issue presented concept art by Andy Kubert who tried to design characters for the upcoming X-Men 3 film. At that time Juggernaut and Gambit were one of the characters that many people would have hoped to appear in the film. Then came this image: [link]
It's a concept image of Apocalypse had Fox used him in X3. What do you guys think? Anyone else own this particular issue?
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12:22PM on 12/09/2013
Can't...fucking...wait!!! :)
Can't...fucking...wait!!! :)
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