On Friday came word that Fox would be releasing “X-Men: Apocalypse” in May 2016, a third film featuring the ‘First Class’ cast (and potentially some of the old trilogy cast) which would see them taking on the comic’s greatest villain ‘Apocalypse’.
Yesterday came a report indicating it will indeed be a direct sequel to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” as events in that movie are key to the setup of ‘Apocalypse’.
Today, First Showing have posted a detailed description of what they claim to be Future Past’s ‘mid-credits stinger’ which sets up “X-Men: Apocalypse” in a similar way to the mid-credits teases in “The Wolverine” and “Thor: The Dark World” setting up “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” respectively.
If accurate, the sequence indicates a massive and unexpected change of said villain’s nature – he won’t be a standalone character, rather an existing X-Men character who has been ‘possessed’ by the villain. Here’s the full description, and be warned – POTENTIAL MAJOR SPOILERS:
The credits bumper jumps back to the past with a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in a ramshackle house in the desert eating dinner, clearly on the run from all the authorities who want to bring him down. While using a well outside to get some water, the young Magneto sees something fall from the night sky and crash to Earth nearby.
Upon inspecting the impact zone, he encounters what is described as an “alien form” who is “towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes.” It’s Apocalypse and he says, “I have crossed rivers of time to find you.” Magneto asks, “Who are you?”
The alien responds, “I am your future.” Suddenly Apocalypse merges with Magneto, who screams and blasts an insane amount of energy and shockwaves around him. This energy explosion levels everything around him, with a blast radius that goes for miles. As Magneto looks at what he’s done, he has a realization of the power he now holds and a villainous grin begins to form before the film cuts to black.
If true, this would depart from existing story arcs – including ‘Age of Apocalypse’ which many expected the film to be based on. In fact, it sounds more like something out of “Smallville” or “Supernatural” than a major feature franchise. Wait and see for now.