X-Men: Apocalypse

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Obviously this post features a spoiler for the post-credits stinger following X-Men: Days of Future Past, so shield your eyes and don’t read further if you haven’t seen it or care. We’ve been down this road before. A superhero movie ends, the credits roll, a mysterious figure appears in a bonus scene and it’s a guy we’ve never seen before in this series. He has bluish or purplish skin and stands on a rock looking outward over what seems to be his domain. But this time it’s not Thanos — you learn about later in the car from your more comics-aware buddy, or by searching the Internet for a post such as this. At the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, beyond the acknowledgments of clips from past X-Men movies and the note that it was filmed in Montreal and the info on Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” which you jotted down in order to later download that track, we get to meet…

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There was once a time when superhero movies weren’t scheduled a decade in advance. That time is gone forever. Now, you wanna make a movie where a guy in a cape punches another guy who’s probably also wearing a cape, you schedule that thing out years in advance. And Fox would very much like to continue making movies about cape-adorned man punches (and, on rare occasions, cape-adorned woman punches), so they’ve submitted their future schedule for all to see. Via the Twitter of BoxOffice.com, we now know when each of Fox’s various Marvel movies will debut, all the way through 2018. Here’s what their full superhero slate looks like: X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014 Fantastic Four – June 19, 2015 X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016 Untitled Wolverine Film – March 3, 2017 Fantastic Four 2 – July 14, 2017 Untitled Fox/Marvel Film – July 13, 2018

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Bryan Singer

Director Bryan Singer has never been one to shy away from Twitter, gleefully sharing photos and production details from his latest X-Men ventures. For anyone who cares even a little bit about the X-Men universe, it’s a fun way to get a  glimpse into behind-the-scenes information and tidbits like Vines and set images. It looks like the oversharing will continue well into X-Men: Apocalypse, with the director tweeting yesterday a telling photo of his newly-formed writer’s room: Late night #XMen #Apocalypse story session. #SimonKinberg @DanimalHarris @Mike_Dougherty It’s snowing in Egypt! pic.twitter.com/GtJs3VgZ3M — Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 19, 2013

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There’s no question that the X-Men concept has proven to be one of the most successful ever created in comic book and superhero history. The mutant origin of their powers allows creators to come up with countless new heroes and villains, without the need to keep coming up with origin stories to explain away where they’re all coming from. The parallels between regular people’s fear of mutants and racism, and the main characters of the X-Men mythos and iconic civil rights leaders, allow every X-Men story told to be easily layered with metaphors and themes that elevate them above just being action stories where beings with super powers beat on each other and try to take over the world. In any good X-Men story Professor Xavier takes on the role of Martin Luther King Jr., striving toward a peaceful coexistence for all men, Magneto takes on the role of Malcolm X, fighting for a place for him and people like him at the global table, and things like robotic sentinels and shady government organizations meant to control mutants take on the role of the Nazis, oppressive regimes, and hate groups of the world, who threaten to ruin everyone’s lives with their spreading of fear, hatred, and violence. It’s a solid setup that makes it so easy to write solid stories, that X-Men comics have consistently been some of the most popular on comic book shop shelves for decades now. That popularity can be a bit of a double-edged sword though, […]

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