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In case you missed the announcement, even before Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens this summer, Fox has already begun work on a sequel, to be called “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Of course, just because the studio puts something in “development” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll come to fruition — though in this case, and given the buzz for “DOFP,” it’s probably a pretty good bet.
As for Singer, apparently he hasn’t even officially signed on to direct the sequel yet, though he’s already hard at work on the storyline. Which is weird, but maybe he’s just hedging his bet in case he finds something else better to occupy his time.
Speaking with EW, Singer updated the work on “Apocalypse” and its potential plot:
I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it… It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.
As for whether the final few minutes/seconds of “DOFP” will tease fans to the coming “Apocalypse,” aka that thing Marvel does for all their movies, Singer said this:
I’m still deciding that. Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.
Don’t believe him. Of course we’ll get a tease at the end of “DOFP.” That’s not only expected these days, it’s a must, an easy, sure-fire way to get the right audience — in this case, the “right” audience being the one already paying to see the movie in theaters — jazzed for what’s coming up next.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens this May 23rd, followed by “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.