Briefly: Details are scarce but director Bryan Singer just announced that a new X-Men movie, called X-Men: Apocalypse, will be out in 2016. The precise date being reported is May 27, 2016, about two years after the upcoming release X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read more below.
Here’s Singer’s tweet
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013
That sounds like the film will follow the Age of Apocalypse storyline from the 1990s in which more time travel (Days of Future Past has time travel) creates an alternate timeline and an immortal villain named Apocalypse reigns havoc on the X-Men. Think the Thanos of the X-Men storyline.
What’s also interesting about this, besides the massive scope, is Apocalypse was introduced in X-Factor, a comic book that brought the original X-Men team members — Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Jean Grey — back together years after Grey was thought to have been killed. This could be a way for Jean Grey and Cyclops, who aren’t in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to come back into the mix, either played by James Marsden and Famke Janssen, or recast.
(For those familiar with the X-Men comics, this also suggests things about the end of Days of Future Past, but we’ll save more speculation for a point when we have additional info.)
We still are waiting on official details but those should be available soon.