Connected to the end-credits rumor there was concern that Bryan Singer and Fox were going to change the origin of X-Men villain Apocalypse from original mutant to alien for X-Men: Apocalypse. I assume trying to chase some that goodwill from the interest in Thanos showing up in Guardians of The Galalxy and possibly Age of Ultron/Avengers 3. Producer-director Bryan Singer has taken to Twitter to debunk this rumor and confirms he won’t be an alien, it’s unknown if we’ll be seeing his original origin as ancient Egyptian En Sabah Nur aka The First One.
There is some speculation that the movie could be set in the 1970’s, continuing the direct events from Days of Future Past and would follow talk that Fox was trying to bring back as much of the cast for the huge event film, leading us to think along with Hugh Jackman actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult could be back for Apocalypse. We don’t know what this means for the present/future lineup of the X-Men, as Singer has added a bunch of new mutants like Bishop, Blink and Warpath. Simon Kinberg will produce and possibly write the script of X-Men: Apocalypse with it’s release set for May 27th, 2016. The banner image above from Days of Future Past was recently uncovered by CBM.
UDPATE: Vulture confirmed that Singer will direct Apocalypse they also dropped the plot-point that the film will indeed focus on the younger cast that includes Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy and Hoult. We assume that this still means that Jackman will be very much involved if this doesn’t conflict with The Wolverine sequel. This makes perfect sense that the studio would rather capitalize on Jennifer’s massive box office success from the Hunger Games franchise and Michael’s high-profile from his awards caliber projects, instead of bringing back the original cast who might demand a higher salary rate than the newer actors while not being the box office draw they used to be. Days of Future Past is said to be Fox’s second highest-budgeted film (first being Avatar) and will need giant success to recoup the cost.