Fox won't release X-Men: Days of Future Past until May, but with X-Men: Apocalypse already set for release in 2016, there's no time to waste in planning the sequel. Fortunately, director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg haave been planning all along for Apocalypse, since the events of Days of Future Past will lead into the next installment.
"You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse," Singer told Entertainment Weekly. "But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen."
For those unfamiliar with the comic books, Apocalypse will be "somewhat" based on the "Age of Apocalypse" crossover storyline that explored an alternate timeline where the X-Men's immortal mutant nemesis Apocalypse conquers North America and puts mutants in charge. "[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with," said Singer. "Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?"
Singer has previously admitted admitted that he wants Nightcrawler and Gambit to join the Apocalypse cast, which will also include Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), who are are all already signed for the sequel. "I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s," said Singer.
Days of Future Past opens on May 23, while Apocalypse is scheduled for May 27, 2016.