X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past, has been confirmed for a 2016 release by Bryan Singer on twitter, while Exhibitor Relations have clarified by the actual release date as 27 May 2016.
Amusingly, this is the first that Iceman actor Shawn Ashmore has heard of it too:
It’s no coincidence that this reveal comes hot on the heels of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, X-Men mastermind Bryan Singer has gotten stealing everyone’s thunder down to an art after cock-blocking Joss Whedon over Quicksilver. Marvel Studios and Warner Bros/DC should underestimate him at their peril.
Age Of Apocalypse is a fitting choice to follow Days Of Future Past, dealing with a future world of tyranny and injustice, but inverting the message. Instead of a anti-mutant activist being assassinated, Professor X is is accidentally killed in an assassination attempt on Magneto while the two are still friends, leaving his future adversary to found the X-Men.
While Days Of Future Past is a bleak future where mutants live in concentration camps and the X-Men fight on, Age Of Apocalypse shows a ruined world ruled by the fanatical mutant Apocalypse and in this timeline the X-Men are divided, with some like Cyclops serving Apocalypse and others, like Wolverine and Jean Grey, opposing him.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released on 18 July 2014. You can buy X-Men: The Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray for £26.24 at Amazon.co.uk.