The power of twitter, added to the clout of director Bryan Singer, can lead to a ton of rumors with just a word or two. Thursday afternoon, Singer left this short but enticing tweet.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013
After that, came the following tweet…
@GermainLussier This is Fox’s official word (word for word): X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will open, in wide release, on May 27, 2016.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 5, 2013
Since then, lots of guesses have been flying around the internet, speculating about what these brief messages could mean. While we now know that we’ll be getting a new film, due out in 2016, and will likely feature the X-Men’s most powerful foe Apocalypse, not much else is known? The ageless mutant has been a fan-favorite in Marvel comics and animation for 20 years, so fans are understandably excited.
Singer is the director of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be in theaters on May 23, 2014. The film’s story about time travel into the past and a tragic assassination leading to changes in the present, is similar to the epic comic book storyline “the Age of Apocalypse”. Could Days of Future Past lead into an Age of Apocalypse storyline in 2016? Or could this be a film based on an original storyline involving Apocalypse? Could Fox rush another film out so quickly? And what effect would that have upon the other planned X-films, such as X-Force and The Wolverine sequel.
For the moment, we can only speculate until Singer chooses to clarify his twitter message. What are Marvel and Singer planning? When we know more, you’ll know more.