A new X-Men movie, Apocalypse, has been announced for 2016.
Director Bryan Singer hinted at the project in a vague tweet on Thursday (December 5), writing “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!”, before Exhibitor Relations confirmed that the film will arrive in cinemas on May 27, 2016.
Apocalypse is an apparently immortal being who claims to be the first mutant. His history dates back to ancient Egypt, when he was known as En Sabah Nur, ‘The First One’.
The Marvel Comics character lives under the principle of ‘survival of the fittest’ and works to see the new mutant species claim dominance over its weaker cousin humanity.
He is best known for employing a unit of genetically altered warriors called the Horsemen of Apocalypse, which several X-Men have served on over the years.
20th Century Fox is releasing the new superhero movie the same week as Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 2 and two weeks ahead of Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
The next X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, will release on May 23, 2014. The franchise has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide including its Wolverine spinoffs.
Bryan Singer’s Days of Future Past will star Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman.
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