One thing was for sure once the credits hit the screen for X-Men: Days of Future Past, anything could happen next. Director Bryan Singer stepped back into the world of X-Men to right the wrongs, and boy did he. With one swing he fixed all the continuity issues the franchise had and set it on a much more exciting path. So what comes next? Well so far we who the big baddie is, the names of those who are returning, and even the newer (some familiar) characters who’ll be joining the adventure this time around.
So far, we know that we’ll be seeing five new (four we’ve seen before) mutants join this era of X-Men. Now that may seem like a lot, but the world of X-Men is enormous so that’s nothing. Singer seems to think the same as he has just teased that at least one more character will joining in on the fun, more like rejoining. fan favorite Warren Worthington III, also known as Angel, will be making a return to the franchise, and without a doubt it’ll be in a big way.
Bryan Singer shared the below piece of production art on his Instagram account, with his comment basically revealing that Angel will in fact be a part of Apocalypse:
We last saw Angel in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand, where Ben Foster played the character. Absolutely nothing against Foster, but that was not the Angel we all wanted to see as us fans know that the character is much more than that rendition. While he was portrayed more on the heroic side of the fight in that version, comic fans know hat Angel has a big history, specifically with Apocalypse, the big villain for the next X-Men movie.
For those unfamiliar with the Angel and Apocalypse history, Angel was genetically altered by Apocalypse and became his Horseman of Death, where he changed into Archangel. For many years following, the character switched back and forth between hero and villain, very much like character of Jean Grey and her Phoenix. It’s unknown at this time how the character will be incorporated into the movie, but it seems like it’ll be in a big way. The Angel and Apocalypse is a rich storyline, one that can play very well on screen. Also, for those hoping to see Ben Foster to return, you’re out of luck. Ben Hardy was cast some time ago and is set to play the new, younger version of Angel.
Apocalypse only keeps getting bigger and bigger. On top of having Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters return as Mystique, Xavier, Magneto, Beast, and Quicksilver, the last few months have seen the return of Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert and such castings like Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Channing Tatum as Gambit, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, and Lana Condor as Jubilee. If you haven’t already noticed, all the castings are with young actors and actresses.Bryan Singer may be finishing off the trilogy for the First Class characters, but it sure as hell seems like he’s setting up what comes next for the X-Men franchise.
In a year that has names like Batman V Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and Star Wars: Rogue One, X-Men: Apocalypse almost feels like it’s getting lost in the 2016 shuffle when it definitely should not be. After what Days of Future Past was able to accomplish, Apocalypse should be high up on many lists. But if it isn’t (you’re nuts if it’s not), this news should put it up there. Not just to see what director Bryan Singer has in store for us next, but to see where this franchise goes next.
X-Men: Apocalypse is slated for May 27th, 2016. Directed by Bryan Singer starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Oscar Isaac, Channing Tatum, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.