Days of Future Past to Set Up X:Men Apocalypse

The X-Men are fighting back! Marvel’s Fox-owned characters may be poised to give the Disney-owned heroes serious competition, with a multi-film story arc, featuring time-travel, the villain Apocalypse and possibly even the Fantastic Four.

A story from claims they have an inside source who’s seen Day of Future Past and is privy to future plans for the X-Franchise.  Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know the details.

(Possible) Spoilers:

In the post-credit sequence for X-Men: Days of future Past, we see Magneto (Played byMichael Fassbender) hiding out like a hermit in the desert, on the run from the government who wants to bring him in, dead or alive. While getting water from a well, the young Erik spots something falling from the night sky and crashing nearby. Checking it out, Erik encounters a strange being who is “towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes.” Apocalypse says, “I have crossed rivers of time to find you.” When Erik asks, “Who are you?” Apocalypse replies, “I am your future.” Apocalypse then merges with Magneto, who screams and unleashes an energy explosion that levels everything for miles. An evil grin crosses his face before the film cuts to black.

According to this unnamed source, X-Men: Apocalypse will pick up from this point; with Fassbender playing a possessed young Erik Lehnsherr, who now has God-like powers.  This hints that the cast of X:Men Apocalypse will include the younger cast of X-Men: First Class, although that doesn’t necessarily discount the original trilogy cast returning once again.

If this is accurate, this storyline is a variation from the comic continuity, wherein Apocalypse is introduced by another popular, ageless bad guy named Mr. Sinister, who acts as his host. In that version, the time-traveling mutant Cable takes Professor Xavier into the future to train him to battle Apocalypse. They return and team up with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to fight it out with Apocalypse.

Since it’s been revealed that the X-Men film universe and the Fantastic Four cinematic universe will be connected, it’s not impossible—and this is all speculation—that this massive storyline will include a cross-over with the rebooted Fantastic Four. As for Cable, we don’t know if he’ll be included in the mix, but if he does show up, that could lead to more screen time for the ever-popular Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) since, in the Ultimate universe, Cable is actually an older version of Wolverine who has spent decades of his life battling against Apocalypse. Certainly it’s easy to visualize Jackman’s Wolverine taking James McAvoy’s Professor X on a training trip through time in order to fight an Apocalypse-possessed Magneto (Fassbender). This idea could also connect future sequels of the Wolverine to the main plot of the X-franchise.

Keep in mind, none of this is confirmed yet, and still falls under the blanket of rumor. What we do know is that The Wolverine is available on DVD/Blu-ray; X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theaters on May 23, 2014 the Fantastic Four reboot will come out on June 19, 2015; and X-Men: Apocalypse has been scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.