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Even though "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has yet to open, work is full steam ahead on the movie's follow-up, "X-Men: Apocalypse." A summer 2016 release date has already been carved out, with a script being worked on by "Days of Future Past" writer Simon Kinberg and original "X-Men" scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris as we speak. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Singer and Kinberg about the next X-adventure, and what mutants we can expect to pop up along the way.

First off, the pair suggest that the movie will be "somewhat" based on the comic arc "Age of Apocalypse" (Entertainment Weekly misidentifies the release of the book as 1990, it was actually published between 1995 and 1996 and served as a Marvel-wide "event"). Since the original comic books largely concerned the alternate universe of Earth-616, the filmmakers say that it won't exactly be duplicated in the movie. "[The movie] won't necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I'm playing with," Singer told the magazine. Kinberg added, "From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than 'Days of Future Past' because there'll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply."

Yeah, because "X-Men: Days of Future Past" looks so tiny.

The connection between the two movies, though, seems somewhat tenuous, at least according to Singer, who told the magazine that: "You won't feel at the end of the movie that it set up 'Apocalypse.' What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we'll discover in 'Apocalypse' is that events in this movie made that happen." Then Singer said some stuff about ancient mutants, which is what he's always talking about.

Everyone from "X-Men: First Class" and "Days of Future Past" will return (Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy), thanks to contracts that are made of adamantium. As for new characters, Singer says that he's interested in bringing in characters like Gambit and Nightcrawler (who appeared in Singer's wonderful "X2"). "I'm excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the '80s."

Prepare to watch Colossus struggle with his Rubik's Cube skills, y'all.

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