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Bryan Singer announces that 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is coming in 2016

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The Wolverine
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Director Bryan Singer has a penchant for using Twitter to reveal sneak peeks and upcoming news, and he just made a major announcement. According to the filmmaker, a new X-Men movie called X-Men: Apocalypse will be coming in 2016. The director is currently working on the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will pair mutants from both the original X-Men series and the prequel X-Men: First Class in the same film.

The Wrap has more information on the announcement, pegging the release date as May 27th, 2016. While the X-Men franchise has certainly been a venerable money-maker for 20th Century Fox, this kind of early announcement only serves to highlight how much the studio is banking on the franchise. While it hasn't been immediately confirmed that Singer himself will be helming the picture, the fact that the director was the one to break the news — not to mention his legacy with the franchise — makes it a strong possibility that audiences will get two X-Men films in a row from the director. X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to open on May 23rd, 2014 — but you can check out one of the film's trailers below.