Straight from X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer's Twitter feed comes news that The Age of Apocalypse could be coming in 2016... or at least "an" age of Apocalypse. Hashtags make for curious reading. Gee, it's like Fox saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer drop today or something...

Since Singer's announcing the sequel, he could have plans to return to direct. It's also safe to assume that the alternate timeline Days of Future Past story won't have the happiest ending if it slips into an Apocalypse scenario. After all, Apocalypse is an immortal mutant who is really devoted to employing "horsemen" and possesses, like, any superpower a story could demand.

Singer's hashtags seem to indicate that the film has a tentative title of "X-Men: Apocalpyse," meaning the film could be based on the Age of Apocalypse crossover that took over Marvel's X-Men line circa 1995-1996. Similar to how Days of Future Past showed a future where a single event had major repercussions, AoA gave rise to a twisted alternate timeline after a young Charles Xavier died protecting his then-friend Magneto from an assassin from the future, giving Apocalypse the opportunity to take over the world and wipe out humanity that mutants could flourish under his rule.

Since then, the AoA world has been revisited numerous times in comics and received its share of action figures, Minimates and other merchandise. Seems like a solid choice for a movie from that angle. I mean, it'd be nice to see an AoA movie that looked more like how I remembered Joe Madureira drawing it than what's sure to be a weird late '90s leather fest like the rest of the X-movies, but who knows? Maybe the ending of Days of Future Past will mirror the deleted ending of The Wolverine?

There's some downtime between the May 23 release of Days of Future Past and the 2016 "Apocalypse" movie, but with director Jeff Wadlow working on an X-Force movie and James Mangold and Hugh Jackman working on a third Wolverine film to follow Origins and The Wolverine, it seems like Fox will be keeping plenty busy during the interim.

UPDATE: Fox has revealed that the official title for the film is X-Men: Apocalypse, and it will arrive in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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