Bryan Singer’s New ‘X-Men’ Teaser Promises Apocalyptic Action
X-Men director Bryan Singer took to social media on Monday to post a teaser of the script for the next installment in the popular franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse.
The last movie of the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still in theaters and has already raked in more than $713 million in just a little over a month, beating out all over the prior X-men films and competing superhero flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But Singer is clearly wasting no time getting fans excited for what’s coming next. The director created an Instagram account, only to promptly post a photo of a partial view of the first page of the script from the Apocalypse follow-up.
Though the snapshot doesn’t give viewers much of a look at the plot, co-written with Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris, it does reveal a few vague but nevertheless intriguing details. From the looks of the photo, the first act of the film picks up right where Days of Future Past left off in the scene after the end credits — specifically, with “a sprawling battle” involving the Four Horsemen at smoking ruins near the Nile. As viewers of the movie know, the Horsemen made an appearance in that final secret scene as four concealed figures riding on horseback in Egypt, alongside villain Apocalypse.
While there’s no word on how exactly the Horsemen will be incorporated into the next film, Apocalypse and his pack are known for causing plenty of trouble in the comics, meaning fans of the franchise can expect this movie to be just as action-packed as the rest.
As Screen Crush points out, in the comic books, Apocalypse enlists the aid of the four mutants—usually by force–and uses them as soldiers to help him carry out his evil plans. He gives them the names Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. In one version of the story, the mutant known as Angel (previously played by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand) becomes Apocalypse’s Horsemen of Death after losing his death. It’s unclear if Foster is reprising his role in the upcoming movie.
Singer’s teaser is important for fans for reasons other than the plot though. The director is still facing legal trouble after a former model and actor accused him of sexually assaulting him over a decade ago. At the time, 20th Century Fox released a statement claiming, “These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum.” Meanwhile, Singer was forced to sit out the publicity tour for the movie. Given the box office numbers, the controversial accusations had little–if any–impact on the film, and if this photo is any indication, it seems as if Singer is fully back on board with the franchise.
Regardless of any lingering legal problems for its director, the upcoming X-Men film is pretty much sure to be another monster blockbuster success. Besides the loyal fans the franchise has cultivated over the years, the newest installments star America’s current sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, who seems to be the Midas of movies for film studios everywhere. That, combined with the expected action of any Marvel flick, can’t make for anything but a surefire hit.