#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013
And with that, the Googleverse exploded! Another tweet from Exhibitor Relations gave the only bit of information we have about the film at this point:
@GermainLussier This is Fox's official word (word for word): X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will open, in wide release, on May 27, 2016.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 5, 2013
While we know that FOX, led by Singer and writer Simon Kinberg, are aggressively attempting to expand and unite their cinematic universe of Marvel characters with films like X-Force, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, this is the first official word on the inclusion of one of THE big bads of the X-Men universe. It is not, however, the first we've heard of him. Back in July the boys over at Unleash the Fanboy heard from a source of theirs that Singer was looking to incorporate Apocalypse into the X-verse similarly to how Marvel is using Thanos and that we might expect to see Apocalypse for the first time in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
This is encouraging and exciting news. As much as I want the Fantastic Four film at FOX to fail so that the rights may revert to Marvel, I absolutely want the X-Verse to thrive and expand. The X-Men stable is so vast that it really can be a thing unto itself. It seems that, for the first time, FOX may have a friggin' clue about a direction in which to head and they are pursuing it with some serious vigor. I like it. As far as Apocalypse himself, I have too much to say to lump it in here so be on the look out for a Meet and Greet on the first mutant and some thoughts about what this could mean for the future of the X-Verse films. Damn this is cool!