In a very strange move today, Bryan Singer revealed the title of the third film in the McAvoy/Fassbender X-Men reboot. Ordinarily, a title wouldn’t necessarily be big news. What does the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean subtitle tell us and who cared, really, what the Dark Knight was doing? Rising, falling, beginning? It’s all the same to us. But as with X-Men: Days Of Future Past this new title references a specific comic book plot line which means the geekier among us get a huge hint as to the subject matter of the third movie. Isn’t it strange to reveal that much information before the second film has even hits the theaters? The title is X-Men: Apocaplyse and the release date is the annoyingly specific May 27th, 2016. What follows is some rampant and spoilery speculation for not only the third movie, but also the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past. So if you want to avoid potential spoilers, please don’t read past McAvoy’s hideous shirt.
The story of the massive “Age Of Apocalypse” storyline is predicated on a time traveling plot that results in Charles Xavier (Professor X) dying while trying to protect Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto). Magneto is so touched by Xavier’s sacrifice that he takes up his friend’s mission of peace. As you’d imagine, Xavier’s death and Magneto’s new touchy-feely approach drastically change history. In fact, according to the comics, the only person who knows the truth is a time traveling mutant called Bishop (who will be introduced in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and played by Omar Sy).
Now, given that “Age Of Apocalypse” is kicked off by a time-travelling plot, doesn’t it make sense to fold that into the time-travelling action of X-Men: Days Of Future Past? Considering that, doesn’t it follow that the second movie should end with Xavier’s death? I could be entirely wrong, but that seems like just the right kind of melodramatic cliffhanger a second installment needs. That’s your Han’s In The Carbonite/Peeta’s In The Capitol moment right there. I know that’s a lot of (potentially off-base) speculation, but it feels rather likely. Doesn’t a major character death seem like a big thing to reveal and does that mean (*gasp*) McAvoy won’t show up at all in the third movie? Heaven forfend. We’d be deprived of moments like this.