Bryan Singer has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that X-Men: Apocalypse will be “somewhat” based on the fan-favourite 90s X-Men storyline Age Of Apocalypse – the dark mirror image of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where it’s mutants who rule a dystopian world ruled by the ancient and powerful mutant Apocalypse.
“[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” said the director.
“From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days Of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply,” added writer-producer Simon Kinberg.
It’s worth noting that Blink, one of the new characters featured in X-Men: Days Of Future Past actually made her debut in the Age Of Apocalypse storyline.
Perhaps we’ll be returning to that future and seeing the characters we glimpsed in battle with the Sentinels in very different circumstances – either hunting humans to extinction, or fighting Apocalypse alongside a human resistance.
“You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse,” said Singer. “What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.
“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?”
If it is split between two timelines, the focus is likely to be on the First Class era once more with James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) confirmed to be returning.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be released on 22 May 2014. You can buy X-Men: The Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray for £26.24 at Amazon.co.uk and find out more about the comics that inspired the film with new digital magazine Uncanny Comics.