With its sixth film on the way, and its second trilogy coming to a close, the X-Men franchise looks like it's about to officially establish an official rite of passage for anyone who embarks on any future adaptations. The uncanny Marvel comic series will return in X-Men: Apocalypse, and you can check out the short video below. You might notice some interesting details.
Judging by our first look through Bryan Singer's Instagram, it looks like Professor Xavier's mansion is the target of a rather devastating attack at some point during the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. And not just the usual "rattle the foundation, break some of the windows" fashion either. The extensive green screen and debris in frame would suggest the mansion as the location of the action sequence at hand. Not to mention, part of Bryan Singer's footage shows off some fancy stone railing and what looks like an evacuation helicopter. Even if these clues aren't pointing to the X-Mansion, whatever destruction has been wrought on set is going to be the type that sets the scene for the darkness before the dawn.
Now, while the X-Mansion isn't confirmed as the set that Singer is reporting from, it would seem to make sense when you consider what we know about X-Men: Apocalypse so far. Specifically the fact that this is the last film in the trilogy started by X-Men: First Class, as well as Bryan Singer's alleged farewell to the series he helped bring to the big screen back in 2000. With promises of "mass destruction" in the air, and Singer's time with the franchise drawing to an end, it would make perfect sense to approach one of 2016's potential blockbusters with an attitude of leaving it all on the field.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past raking in stupendous amounts of cash during last summer's box office season, thus making it the highest grossing entry in the X-Men franchise, a brazen attitude is to be expected when tackling the end of the franchise as we know it. After all, it's that approach that lead the studio to not only double down with X-Men: Apocalypse, but it's also led them to the long-awaited release of this year's X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Rogue Cut.
Of course, the downside to such a momentous end as the one X-Men: Apocalypse looks to be planning is that it'll raise audience expectations for whatever comes next in the series. In which case, might we recommend that Fox and Marvel Studios make nice with each other and fulfill the recently rumored Avengers vs. X-Men project everyone wants to happen? It's clearly an idea whose time has come.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016. X-Men: Days Of Future Past – The Rogue Cut is screening at Comic Con on Saturday, with a DVD/Blu Ray release coming this Tuesday.