X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse film coming 2016

Bryan Singer reveals X-Men: Apocalypse for 27 May 2016, based on the 1995 comic arc

Wolverine - aka Weapon X - in 1995's Age Of Apocalypse story arc.
Wolverine – aka Weapon X – in 1995’s Age Of Apocalypse story arc.

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.

X-Men Apocalypse Bryan Singer

Amusingly, this is the first that Iceman actor Shawn Ashmore has heard of it too:

X-Men Apocalypse Iceman

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.