Director Bryan Singer, the man behind X1, X2, producer/story writer of First Class, and now director once again of X-Men: Days of Future Past (aka all the good X-Movies), took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the release date for the next X-Men … Continue reading

Big Announcements Regarding ‘X-Men’ & Marvel

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Director Bryan Singer, the man behind X1, X2, producer/story writer of First Class, and now director once again of X-Men: Days of Future Past (aka all the good X-Movies), took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the release date for the next X-Men film. At 4:22PM, he Tweeted, simply: “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” Then two minutes later, Exhibitor Relations followed up with this:

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This was a bold announcement because it not only revealed the release date, but it also informs us of a movie that had never even been discussed before. Unlike Marvel Studios, which has its well-publicized “Phases,” and a fairly transparent release schedule for the next few years, 20th Century Fox tends to announce their films one by one. This time, perhaps emboldened by all the superhero buzz in the air thanks to a new Spider-Man trailer and the Wonder Woman announcement on Wednesday, Fox came out with this sudden one-two punch.


Not much is known about the film, aside from the title X-Men: Apocalypse. We don’t even know if Singer is directing it. He seemed more than happy to take a backseat for First Class, and he only took the DoFP gig once Matthew Vaughn dropped out. So his involvement, at this stage, is unknown. The title refers, of course, to the super-villain Apocalypse (pictured above). Let the speculation begin regarding the plot of the film.

But that wasn’t the only Marvel news to come out of Thursday. 20th Century Fox has anointed writer-producer Simon Kinberg the “Joss Whedon” of its own Marvel Universe. Fox not only has the rights to X-Men, but they also have the Fantastic Four and its cast of characters as well. Kinberg just signed a three year deal with Fox to oversee the Marvel properties and to expand them into full-blown universes.


To quote Ron Burgundy, Kinberg is “kind of a big deal” right now. He’s been tapped to write one of the upcoming Star Wars films, his past credits include Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the first Guy Ritchie Sherlock HolmesX-Men: DoFP, and is currently acting as a writer-producer for the Fantastic Four reboot being directed by Josh Trank.

On his plans for Fox’s Marvel Universe: “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel,” Kinberg says. “I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.

Regarding his strong relationship with Fox, Kinberg told The Hollywood Reporter, “They’ve always been incredibly generous with me and trusting me with movies. They treat me like a partner and not an employee.

Emma Watts, 20th Century Fox production president, had this to say of Kinberg: “Simon is one of the best out there. We feel very lucky that he calls Fox his home and hope to build our slates together for many years to come.

So if the “superhero bubble” is going to burst any time soon, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to back down until it does. Between DC, Marvel, and non-Marvel Marvel, everyone’s in the business of “building universes” and telling stories that will be told over the course of several films.

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  • QuantumPig

    Apocalypse should be a big mo-cap motherfucker and not an actor in a regular suit.

  • reddog

    If Days of Future Past isn’t any good, this going to look pretty dumb.

  • Vegas82

    Luckily Days of Future Past not only looks good but is also based on one of the most amazing X-Men stories to ever appear in the comics.

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    What, other than the title are they using from the book??

    Ill answer that for you : NOTHING.

  • Chris

    Oh really? How was the movie since you must’ve seen it already?

  • Dan Riedel

    Exactly. He better be an 8 foot tall bastard from Ancient Egypt that you can’t kill, only banish.

  • Vegas82

    How about the entire premise that in the year 2013 mutants are being hunted by sentinels and placed in internment camps? So to combat this they send back a mutant’s mind to their younger body, Wolverine instead of Kitty Pride in this case due to Kitty Pride not being a big enough character in the cinema universe to center a movie on, to a pivotal moment in history to stop the anti-mutant hysteria from ever kicking off? Sounds like it’s based on the book to me. Remember, based on doesn’t mean carbon copy. If they want to make a carbon copy animation works best. For a new take on a premise from the comics, I.E. every single comic book movie ever released, they change tons of stuff. Like not having Azrael in Dark Knight Rises which was loosely based on Knightfall.

  • Vegas82

    God I hope so. If they decide to deviate too much from that I’ll be really disappointed.

  • axebox

    I don’t know. Part of me really enjoys the more realistic approach X-Men has taken. I would almost like to just see a fantastic realistic version of Apocalypse over a 1:1 take from the comics.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    It would be cool to see Reed Richards make a cameo without his powers. Then we get the rebooted FF movie. After that there can be a lead up to a Skrull invasion where the FF team up with the X-men in an all out war. Perhaps they can even try to go cosmic with Lilandra and the Starjammers. And since we’re talking time travel now we could go back to X 2/3 and explain Jean was tripping coause of the M’Kran crystal and now in this new timeline there are people who can help her channer her power the right way. While we’re at it someone grabe Gambit from the mid 90′s (now played by Keanu Reeves) who has now mastered his abilities and actually charges shit before he throws it.

  • bfmrdk

    I thought Mark Millar was already supposed to be doing this… Am I missing something? Here is an article about it:

  • Vegas82

    He’s the creative consultant over seeing these properties, not the director or writer. Yes, he’s involved in all the various properties but he wasn’t the one making them.

  • WarrenWII

    Cyclops and Archangel for X-Men Apocalypse!
    Oh, man, this has sooo much potential, damm

  • AlexiasLazar

    The DOFP cartoon also deviated from the book… and that worked out just fine

  • Mario-Francisco Robles

    It would appear Millar’s role is more of an advisory/consultant one. Kinberg is the man they want on the ground actually putting it all together.

  • Madcap2112

    Translation: Suck it. The rights are staying with us.

  • David Boswell

    Am I the only one who remembers when Mark Miller was announced as the Godfather of the Foxi-verse…..

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  • Brian Knockin

    Bring back Jean Grey

  • KoreyTM

    Upon reading the title of the article, I was hoping to click through and see something like “MARVEL IS GETTING X-MEN BACK!” Hopes dashed. lol

  • David Scott King

    Saying “Dark Knight Rises” is based on “Knightfall” is like saying “X-Men 3″ is based on “The Phoenix Saga”. “DKR was actually based upon three different Batman story-arcs – “Contagion”, “No Man’s Land”, and yes in a very SMALL way, “Knighfall”.

  • Steve Croft

    Also the fact Kitty wasnt ALIVE in the 60s but Logan was…

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    2013 is it?? Pull that out of your asshole did you??

    So : The name, The “future” (2013) and a “time traveler” ( sort of )

    Yeah, Im sorry…..Claremont and Byrne will get the full credit here no doubt . Its their story alright. ……….

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    yes, and were would you like his cameo? In the future ( not 2013, do the math on the timeline ) or in the 60s timeline ?? Remember , fox is casting pre teens as the FF, so having him in could really screw them up later if any of this is supposed to make sense in later movies….. which it cant .

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    it sucked , and now none of the movies fit together. thought the continuity couldn’t get more fucked…. i was wrong.

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    In X-Men, Charles tells Logan that he met Erik when he was 17 years old. In X-Men: First Class, they met when they were in their 20′s.
    In X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Charles is seen walking. While in X-Men: First Class, he is seen being paralyzed in 1962.
    In X-Men, Charles doesn’t know why he can’t find Erik with Cerebro while in X-Men: First Class he witnesses the effects of the helmet.
    In X2: X-Men United, Hank McCoy is seen debating a man named Dr. Shaw which is is seen in human form. While in X-Men: First Class, he is seen transformed to his blue form.
    Scott Summers and Ororo Munroe are seen in the 60′s as cameos through Cerebro as teenagers though they would be older in the future films.
    Ororo Munroe is seen as a teenager in the 60′s and as a little girl in the 70′s. Though she wasn’t included in the final cut of the film of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and only seen in trailers, it could be presumed it is not Ororo.
    There are two Emma Frost’s, one seen in the 70′s as a teenager and one in the 60′ as an adult. Though confirmed by Lauren Shuler Donner, the Emma Frost in X-Men: Origins: Wolverine is not the real Emma Frost and is just named Emma, which is a loosely based version of the character.
    The X-Mansion in X-Men: First Class is not the same as the original building in the original trilogy. However, it can be assumed that it was renovated and expanded to serve as a school.
    In X-Men: The Last Stand, Moira MacTaggert is seen as a British doctor while in X-Men: First Class, she is seen as an American CIA agent.
    Though in X-Men and X2: X-Men United it is said that Logan lost his memory 15 years before then meaning it would be set in the 90′s. Though it is calculated that it isn’t with X-Men: The Last Stand, its novelization dating Jean Grey’s and Angel’s scene to 1985 and 1995 and many other present items in those movies like seeing Beast reading a magazine released in 2005 and the song ‘Bye Bye Bye’ by N-Sync confirming that it isn’t. Meaning the correct time-span would be 25 years though this could later be explained in future movies.

  • derpa

    Unfortunately my first choice for Apoc. is no longer with us (RIP Michael Clarke Duncan) But I base this solely off of his voice and build.

  • Vegas82

    I’ve done the math on the timeline, it adds up to be correct that 2013 would be the year. Both Magneto and professor X are in their 70′s…

  • Vegas82

    I’m sorry, you haven’t been paying attention to the movies properly. They don’t tie in the way you think they do. The timeline is certainly late 60′s to 2013. Hell, the actors playing Magneto and Professor X are age appropriate for the time difference. See they’re 74 and 73 respectively, the characters they play were in their 20′s in the 60′s. For them to look like Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart after 25 years they’d have to get zapped with an aging ray. Neither one looks remotely 45.

  • SubSumeYou

    Yes and a different actress cast for the role, including for Storm. Bring Colussos, bring Kitty Pryde, make Warren, Bobby and Hank the ORIGINAL TEAM MEMBERS.

  • sunnavab

    I liked MCD, His Apoc would have sucked as bad as his Kingpin.

  • derpa

    Watch us get super excited, then it starts to develop and we just hate the out of place character choices. lol

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    and now : Magneto and Apocolypse are one and the same :)

    You must be happy.

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    and now : Magneto and Apocolypse are one and the same :)..

    You must be happy.

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    and now : Magneto and Apocolypse are one and the same :),

    You must be happy.

  • beane2099

    You are very angry. Are you Russell Crowe? You’re Russell Crowe aren’t you? I loved you in Gladiator.

  • FassbendersRazzieSpeech

    gay for gladiators are you… good for you

  • beane2099

    This franchise paved the way for this “golden age” of comic based films we now enjoy. Yes maybe Blade cracked the door open (that Batman and Robin locked shut) a tetch but Singer’s XMen opened the door and Spiderman proceeded to break the door off the hinges. But when they were making the X Men movies they just made movies. They weren’t thinking about shared continuity and all that. We [comic fans] were, but they weren’t. Marvel learned from what Fox and Sony did right/wrong when they made their own go at comic book movies. Prior to X Men all they had as templates was the Superman and Batman franchises. Those also had severe missteps. Fox at least improved on that. So I think FOX deserves some leeway in terms of things not synching up exactly. As long as I enjoy the story, I’m cool with whatever. I liked First Class, so I don’t mind these continuity glitches. Whatever.

    I’ve been a comic book reader for almost 30 years and one thing I’ve learned is to just enjoy the story you’re reading. If it it syncs up with every piece of continuity out there, cool. If it doesn’t, well welcome to comics. It happens all the time. In terms of translating specific stories to film, you will NEVER get a direct translation. Ever. Things change. Sometimes they need/have to change. Comics and movies are two completely mediums that don’t necessarily translate well from one to the other. Have you ever read a comic adaptation of a movie that wasn’t terrible? There’s a reason for that. Moreover every time a new writer/artist team takes over a book you’re getting a new take on those characters. I see movies as just another writer/artist team. If I don’t like it, I wait for the new team. I’m still waiting with Fantastic Four but I’m patient.

  • The__Usual_Suspect

    If they don’t do this right, I will kill someone.

  • Storymark

    It’s at least a few years past 2013. The scene at the end of The Wolverine was set “2 years later,” so that’s 2015 at least (likely further, since the X-Films were supposed to be in the “near future”), and the forward timeline in DoFP is clearly several years beyond that, as in that scene there clearly wasn’t a purge going on, nor was Logan gray yet. I’m estimating that the future element is set in 2020 or so.

  • observer2121

    You can’t blame the actor for the pathetic movie. MCD didn’t write the lines or direct. Since he is no longer with us it doesn’t matter.

  • sunnavab

    Not blaming the actor for the movie. I’m blaming him for the acting.

  • sunshine

    yeah i don’t know what that guy is talking about. the continuity is a mess and if you grew up in the 80s and 90s reading the books, what exists in the movie cannon at this point is a goddamn abomination.

  • sunshine

    sharpen your knives dude… it’s gonna be bad.

  • Vegas82

    You’re right, It’s 1973-2023.

  • Valdir

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for Apocalypse!!!

  • Valdir

    the rock is the perfect guy!!

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  • Chester Singleberry

    Green screen baddies are for bedwetters. Hire some west African giant, build a proper suit, and make something that doesn’t launch the poor audience into uncanny valley.