'X-Men: Apocalypse' Announced for May 2016

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We're more than five months away from the release of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and already the next installment in this cinematic universe, 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' has been announced for release in May 2016!

Director Bryan Singer made the announcement on Twitter, though, according to Exhibitor Relations, 20th Century Fox has slated the film more specifically for May 27, 2016.

Although details are scarce, the film will presumably take its name from one of the most powerful adversaries in the 'X-Men' universe, Apocalypse, and perhaps even the famous comic book storyline, 'Age of Apocalypse.' However, this remains pure speculation until further information is gleaned.

From the official description of the 1995 'Age of Apocalypse' comic series by Scott Lobdell:

Charles Xavier is dead - killed twenty years in the past during a freak time-travel accident - and the world that has arisen in his absence is dark and dangerous indeed. The Darwinian conqueror Apocalypse rules with an iron fist, ruthlessly enforcing his dictum that only the strong shall survive - and in Apocalypse's long shadow, hidden among a downtrodden humankind, are a group of ragtag freedom fighters led by Xavier's oldest friend, Magneto: the Amazing X-Men! When Bishop, last survivor of the true Marvel Universe, locates the X-Men and explains how the world went wrong, these embittered mutants and their tenuous allies must risk everything - and undertake a dangerous and multi-pronged quest - to put things right!

Apocalypse was previously rumored to appear in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' after Singer's odd interview response, suggesting plans to include Apocalypse in the 'X-Men' movies.

In addition to the upcoming 'Days of Future Past,' hitting theaters May 23, 2014, Fox has a growing slate of 'X-Men' films, which includes the 'X-Force' movie (directed and scripted by Jeff Wadlow) and the third 'Wolverine' movie (with director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman).

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