It’s only been a week since it was announced that Spider-Man would be joining in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is the world shared by The Avengers, Iron-Man, Captain America and Thor), now we have a new concept art from the upcoming 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. Director Bryan Singer shared it on his Instagram account and credited Grant Major as the artist (who has previously worked on The Lord of the Rings trilogy). Recently he shared some sets on the site as production has started, creating hype and questions since Singer has only given teasers. He leaves us to speculate on the concept art (below) which depicts an unidentified man and an aircraft, the X-Men’s jet? What do you think?
Amidst the growing number of reboots including the Spider-Man franchise and therefore recasting Andrew Garfield as the lead, it should be good news for X-Men fans that their franchise isn’t going to be rebooted (technically the last film Days of Future Past is a reboot but not in the traditional way). Instead the franchise is expanding with Fox planning to produce a live-action TV series, that is if the pitch is greenlighted by Marvel. Fox owns the film rights to X-Men but Marvel owns the original source and therefore the final decision is in their hands. However, there’s enough hype going around in the superhero department to keep you busy including filming Apocalypse and the ongoing casting announcements.
So far Oscar Isaac will star as Apocalypse, and Sophie Turner, Alexandra Tipps, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee have been casted as younger versions of Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops and Nightcrawler. Previous cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne will return as well.
Scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse will be the last film that ties up the prequel First Class and prequel-sequel hybrid Days of Future Past.