Yesterday's announcement that the X-Men film franchise would continue on May 27, 2016 with X-Men: Apocalypse was a huge surprise and left fanboys and fangirls with tons of questions as to what the film would be about and where in the X-films continuity it would fit. Most of the speculation centered on it being connected to X-Men: Days of Future Past, where it is believed the immortal mutant, Apocalypse, will make his first appearance. As it turns out, the folks over at Bleeding Cool have been getting strands of intel here and there and have strung together a pretty reasonable hypothesis about the connection between the next two X-films.
According to Bleeding Cool's source, X-Men: Apocalypse will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will hit theaters May 23, 2014 and the character of Apocalypse WILL BE the connective tissue between the films meaning that the rumors and speculation that he would appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past seem to be correct. It is expected that several of the cast members from both sides of the X-films will return in X-Men: Apocalypse in addition to several new characters. Quite honestly, it seems the franchise may FINALLY be moving away from it's Wolverine dependency and relying on some other characters which could mean we get ourselves a return by Cyclops, a character far too important to the X-Men to be lost forever.
The site goes on to say that it seems to be the case that Bryan Singer has had this plan in motion for a very long time. As I said last night, it seems that with FOX is finally getting its legs under it in regards to the X-Films and headed in the right direction. They've now hired Simon Kinberg to shepherd their cinematic universe and his goal is to make an expansive and cohesive one similar to what Marvel Studios has done. That's outstanding news because the X-Men corner of Marvel has enough characters and top-notch stories to sustain itself for a LONG time.