Not about to let Spider-Man hog all the comic-book news of the day, 20th Century Fox and X-Men: Days Of Future Past director Bryan Singer have announced the next big mutant outing, with X-Men: Apocalypse now on the release schedule (across the pond, in any case) for May 27, 2016.
What Singer's tweet explicitly refers to remains unclear at this point, but Apocalypse in the Marvel canon is an ancient and incredibly powerful mutant who has tangled with the X-Men on more than one occasion and and even turned Wolverine and Angel into his destructive associates for a time. Of course, don’t expect to see everything carried across word for word to the cinematic X-plot, since many changes happen between the page and the screen, but evil Wolverine? We'd watch that. There's also the Age Of Apocalypse storyline, which could be huge for X-Men fans but which makes no bleedin' sense to anyone else, what with its vast alternate timeline.
However it shakes out, it all points to the next big outing for Wolverine and the rest, with speculation sure to gear up almost immediately on who might play Apocalypse and how he’ll fit into Singer’s mutant world. Will the Days Of Future Past director want to come back and make another likely huge film so soon after finishing this one? We’ll have to wait and see, but the fact that he annouced it certainly points to some level of involvement.
We’ll bring you more as we get it. Meanwhile: Apocalypse 2016! It’s like a political slogan, only more sinister. And X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens in the UK on May 22 next year.