X-Men: Days of Future Past has been the most successful X-Men film of all time internationally, and by a significant margin too; at $712 million, it is also the biggest money earner of the entire year so far for any movie. Up until now, it was unclear if Bryan Singer was coming back to direct the next X-Men installment (for reasons we won’t get into) but, money talks, and when your movie is the biggest movie of the year worldwide, it sure helps. Today Singer took to his Instagram account and posted the first page for the script for X-Men: Apocalypse, at least partially. Most importantly, it shows that the script is being written by Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, joined this time by X2 writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. That’s kind of an X-Men movie dream-team. So is this Singer’s way of officially saying “I’m back” or is there still some maneuvering being done behind the scenes? I imagine there will be some kind of official announcement soon.
As for what the script page reveals plotwise for X-Men: Apocalypse, well, we don’t see too much, although you can make out that the first scene is set in ancient Egypt and involves the Four Horsemen. The involvement of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse means we might see the inclusion of Archangel, his most famous of the four minions (he was the Horseman of Death.) Altered timeline or not, Apocalypse is set in 1983, meaning that Warren Worthington III would just then be being born according to the X-Men movie universe timeline. (I’m not sure how an altered timeline can change when people were born–that’s a huge leap.) My own personal speculation is that the Horseman of Death will be non other than Logan, and that’s how Wolverine gets his adamantium claws in this new timeline, not via Weapon X, which Mystique clearly saved him from. That would save Warren Worthington to become Archangel in a potential X-Force movie, which would likely be set in the future.
What do you think about Singer’s potential return to the X-Men franchise, and the likely inclusion of the Four Horsemen? Sound off in the comments below.