In only a few short months, fans will see Bryan Singer return to the director’s chair of an “X-Men” movie for the first time since 2003’s “X2: X-Men United.” The movie is called “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” it combines the casts of Singer’s original “X-Men” films and the younger generation of “X-Men: First Class,” and it features Peter Dinklage with an awesome 1970s mustache. In short, it’s a hot-ticket item to watch as 2014 chugs along.
But Singer isn’t only looking ahead at 2014, as far as the “X-Men” universe is concerned. He also has his eye on 2016, the year that Fox releases “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the latest announced “X-Men” film, presumably featuring the ancient mutant Apocalypse as its central antagonist.
Although Singer was the man to announce “Apocalypse” and its release date, the “Days of Future Past” filmmaker stopped short of announcing himself as director. But in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Singer confirmed that he wants to be the man behind the “Apocalypse.”
“I’m negotiating to direct,” he said. “We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”
Even if schedules don’t align quite right, Singer is at least involved with “Apocalypse” as a co-writer and producer. In his conversation with EW, Singer even revealed a little bit of what to expect from “Apocalypse,” plot-wise.
“It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that,” he said. “It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”
Those themes fall in line with what we know about Apocalypse from comics, cartoons and more. Widely considered the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse was born thousands of years ago and lived in Ancient Egypt, going by the name En Sabah Nur. It’s nearly impossible to imagine any movie version of Apocalypse skipping over his ancient past, and it seems that Singer agrees.
But will Apocalypse arrive before 2016? It’s customary for superhero movies to tease future films in post-credits scenes, ever since “Iron Man” introduced Nick Fury and “the Avengers initiative.” Similarly, James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” concluded with a set-up for “Days of Future Past,” with Wolverine reuniting with Magneto and a miraculously resurrected Professor Xavier.
Singer isn’t sure that there will be a similar stinger for “Days of Future Past,” but he did confirm that “something that happens in [’Days of Future past’] causes what’s going to happen in [’Apocalypse’],” so read into that as you will.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits theaters on May 23, with “Apocalypse” arriving two years later on May 27, 2016.