Rumor of the day: Here are the 1st details of X-Men: Apocalypse

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Dec 6, 2013, 11:33 AM EST

It was only yesterday we got confirmation that X-Men: Apocalypse is in the works, and now the first details have (allegedly) started to leak out. So, what can we expect from the next sequel?

The folks at Bleeding Cool are reporting some broad strokes of the development plan, claiming the upcoming Days of Future Past in 2014 will lead straight into Apocalypse in 2016, with the second film serving as a direct sequel to the events of the first.

The exact plot details apparently aren’t clear, but the character of Apocalypse — a classic baddie in the X-Men canon — will apparently play a key role (not surprisingly) in connecting the two stories. Hmm, a post-credit stinger scene, perhaps?

Another interesting tidbit? The studio wants actors from both the “past” and “present” casts to return, which should make for some interesting narrative choices. Sure, having both works find in a time travel story like Days of Future Past — but it’ll be interesting to see how they shake out the specifics in Apocalypse. Maybe have parts of the story unfold in the past, as well as the present?

The specific cast list is still in flux, allegedly, but it sounds like a lot of players from Days of Future Past could be coming back (i.e. large chunks of both casts) — along with some new additions to the canon — so these two films might actually play out like companion pieces in the long run.

What do you think of this plan? Are you glad to hear the studio is thinking so far ahead to piece this together? Do you want Bryan Singer to stick around for the sequel?

(Via Bleeding Cool)