X-Men: Days of Future Past has landed and in doing so has given us all a much clearer look at where Fox can take the world's greatest ensamble after this month's release. Hit the jump to check out where I, DEVLIN712, think the universe is going! Heads up though, some very mild spoilers for Days of Future Past lie ahead!

X-Men films have been hit and miss for some films after climbing out of the pit of darkness that was X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origin: Wolverine. While most fans loved Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, some felt that last year's The Wolverine fell flat. But regardless of what you thought in the past, Days of Future Past is here to fix the X-Men franchise for good. But now that Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn have revived the near death franchise, what comes next? Read on to see where I think Fox and co should take the X-Men franchise after 2014!
X-Men: Apocalypse
As we already know, the next big screen appearance of Charles Xavier's gifted children will be in 2016 when the X-Men take on (arguably) their greatest foe, En Sabah Nur, Apocalypse. We've seen him on the big screen in Thanos-like fashion, being worshiped as a god at the end of Days of Future Past, and I wouldn't fancy my chances against ten year old Nur...
But who should take on the king of mutants? We know that director Bryan Singer has plans for Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) and it looks like 21 Jump Street's Channing Tatum will be joining them as Gambit. I'm taking it for granted that Nic Hoult's Hank McCoy will still be kicking around the school come 2016 and expect him to join the ensemble. But who else? Personally I want to see the rightful leader of the X-Men, Scott Summers, get a more faithful appearance on the big screen, but let's not have him lead the team just yet. Here's my (expected) lineup for the film, with the exception of (inevitable) Wolverine. And remember, I'm no pro when it comes to Photoshop

Xavier, Beast, Mystique, Quicksilver, Gambit and Nightcrawler
I also hope to see a young Jean and Scott begin to train but not take to the team until the end of the film, speaking of which, where should Apocalypse's sequel go? Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, I hope Fox end X-Men: Apocalypse All New X-Men style. For those of you unfamiliar:
All New X-Men was Marvel's rebranding of the X-Men under the Marvel Now release. In this storyline Beast brings the original team (still only young) forward to the present day to assist in the fight against present day Cyclops. Due to some good ol' science fiction bull the young team are forced to stay in the present, unable to go back.
The series is far and away the best X-Men book being released at the moment and would allow Fox to bring a younger team into the future, even assembling the original team of (young) Scott, Jean, Bobby, Hank and Warren; in my opinion it would give the franchise a breath of fresh air while offering a host of new storylines. 

If the mutants are to continue on after 2016 they're going to need a villain or two to keep the hoards of fans interested. Which should show up, here are my three most likely choices after Apocalypse is behind us:
  • Anyone who knows comics know that two of the X-Men's most fearsome villains go hand in hand: Apocalypse and Mr Sinister. Nathaniel Essex has been a thorn in the X-Men's side for years ever since trading his bio weapon for mutant abilities. Essex has been responsible for multiple Phoenix incidents and played a huge part in Cyclops' origin story.
  • As well as that we have on of the most powerful entities in the Marvel universe, Onslaught. The amalgamation of Professor X and Magneto into a monster with unlimited mutant abilities. Onslaught is made of pure energy and is as close to invincible as you can get.
  • The Brotherhood of Mutants are the X-Men's quintessential enemy. Multiple mutants have moved back and forth between the two teams and while we've seen them in the present day X-Men films, don't be surprised if Magneto and his band of (not so) merry men show up to wreak havoc in the past.
Spin Offs

Oh yes, the (up until now) most damaging outing for Fox and the X-Men, a greater foe than any other: Spin off films! So far things haven't gone great when Fox have tried to off shoot from the X-Men but I expect (okay, as an optimistic fan, I hope) that to change. Who will take on the challenge of holding their own on the silver screen? Here's the most likely candidates in my eyes:
  • I'm gonna be honest, I never thought I'd see the day that Gambit would get a solo film, but it looks like today is that day. Channing Tatum will be donning the purple hair band and picking up the wooden staff to play Remy LeBeau on the big screen. While it is a solo film of sorts, I expect to see other, more popular, mutants join him.
  • Here's another one I never would have seen, but given the rise to fame Jennifer Lawrence has seen in the last three years I won't be shocked if the rumored Mystique film does come to light some time around 2018. Star power means a lot to Fox (just look at Hugh Jackman) and Lawrence will be Fox's biggest star should the Aussie ever decide to throw the claws in.
  • Remember how I said I didn't expect the other two spin offs to ever come about? Well I've been waiting for a proper X-Force film since I was seven years old. And don't feed my any of the X-Men Origins bull, I want a gory blood fest with Wolverine, Cable and Deadpool as core members. Also, after Mystique's mysterious final scene in Days of Future Past I can see her being shoe horned in to make some extra money.
So I think that's about it from me, I need to sleep before I become delusional. What do you think? Am I on spot or should I stick to writing News articles? At the end of the day I guess I'm just one of many fans so take what you will from this. Sign off your thoughts on the future of Fox's Cinematic Universe below! And remember, that "Thumbs Up" button doesn't cost, it's free.

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MrBlackJack - 5/22/2014, 4:30 PM

thumbs up regardless
DEVLIN712 - 5/22/2014, 4:34 PM
It ain't much, I mentioned the after credits scene but that's all.
GliderMan - 5/22/2014, 4:37 PM
Give me like 8 hours. Gonna go watch the movie; I'll be back.

Btw, do you like the way Quicksilver was handled? Sorry if it's in the article, didn't wanna catch some spoilers, lol.
Abary - 5/22/2014, 4:40 PM
Sorry man, can't read this till Saturday. Even the littlest spoilers must be avoided. Don't worry, I've got this bookmarked. ;)
DEVLIN712 - 5/22/2014, 4:40 PM
Didn't mention it. I thought people were over hyping Quicksilver, nope. He. Fúcking. Owns. I was genuinely sad to see him leave after the halfway point. Would have watched an entire film of him.
Quicksilver is the best part of this film
DEVLIN712 - 5/22/2014, 4:41 PM
*hug Abary*
I'm gonna come back on Saturday when this thread is dead just for you. So don't fúck up!
MrCBM56 - 5/22/2014, 4:45 PM
I thought Blink was coming back to?
DEVLIN712 - 5/22/2014, 4:46 PM
Isn't Apocalypse set in the 70s? Would Blink have been born then?
ThedamnBatman - 5/22/2014, 4:47 PM
QS was definitelly the best scene in the whole movie, dude owned!
MrCBM56 - 5/22/2014, 5:11 PM
@BatManiac Probably, it's loosely based off Age of Apocalypse & Blink was featured in it sooooo...
AlexanderLykins - 5/22/2014, 5:30 PM
Real X-Men uniforms and En Sabah Nur turning himself into his alter ego, Apocalypse. Time to right the wrongs of the past and give us the real X-Men. Have Charles take a leadership role and give us Jean and Scott.
WeddingTux - 5/22/2014, 5:36 PM

AlexanderLykins - 5/22/2014, 5:39 PM
Kind of excited for tonight.
Tainted87 - 5/22/2014, 5:41 PM
Gotta leave pretty soon in order to get a good seat....
CherryBomb - 5/22/2014, 6:06 PM
Young Storm, Scott and Jean HAVE to appear in the sequel. They just do.

I'd love to see Sinister and the Marauders,
Riptide already appared, so I thought maybe him and Angel S could've been the first Marauders but they were killed off :/
It could be how they introduce Gambit :) have him be a Marauder with Vertigo, Scalphunter and maybe bring Sabretooth back or something.
CaptainShazam - 5/22/2014, 7:44 PM
Very good editorial but I think Singer announced that John Scott and Storm will be present as Kinberg had mentioned the presence of Wanda but otherwise I agree with you to an atmosphere close to All New X-Men.***SPOILER DOFP*** :I think Azazel, Emma Frost, Banshee and Angel Salvadore will bring back to life by Apocalypse who will make his Horsemen.
GliderMan - 5/22/2014, 11:29 PM
GliderMan - 5/23/2014, 12:02 AM
Hated the way they handled the ending... Absolutely no need to retcon. There were a few other problems I had but that was the main one.
BrowniesExplode - 5/23/2014, 12:24 AM
Can someone explain Apocalypse such as his look, origin, powers, etc to me haven't seen the movie but I heard he's a little kid in ancient Egypt.
charlie2094 - 5/23/2014, 2:38 AM
I'd really like to see Blink return. Not sure how they'd do that, given Apocalypse is set in the 70's, but hasn't the actress confirmed she's returning?

Be great to see Cyclops return, was awesome seeing him at the end of DOFP. Same with Jean too, need those two.

Definitely need more Quicksilver! Wish there was more of him in DOFP. Hopefully they can explore him being Magneto's son, which was strongly hinted at.

Klone - 5/23/2014, 2:43 AM

In Marvel canon he's the first mutant ever. He was born in the Middle East, abandoned for his grey skin, raised by desert nomads. This is where my memory is a little sketchy though from what I can remember he comes across some city in Egypt by the time Kang the Conqueror is there and he basically drives him out somehow and is then worshiped as a God. I'm probably leaving out a lot of detail but that's his backstory in summary... if you bastardise it.
Klone - 5/23/2014, 2:45 AM
I still have no seen it but given that I didn't care, I read up on all the spoilers, etc. but if it has been retconned so that Angel has now been a founding X-Men member, why the hell wouldn't he become Archangel in the sequel?
TheDuck - 5/23/2014, 3:48 AM
When was Nightcrawler being talked about for Apocalypse
DEVLIN712 - 5/23/2014, 3:50 AM
I'll fill in details that Klone left out. This is the origin told in Age of Apocalypse, great story:
He was raised by desert bandits/nomads after being abandoned due to his appearance. The bandit leader took the child in as his own son, calling him En Sabah Nur.
The pharaoh at the time was really Kang the Conqueror. The pharaoh sent an army to kill the bandits and bring him (the now 17 years old) Nur. En and his father went into a cave where he learned the truth about himself. The bandits and the army were fighting above the cave and it collapsed, killing all of the bandits and trapping En and his father. Nur's father sacrificed himself to allow Nur to live.
Nur was captured and crucified before a crowd in Cairo but no matter how many times they stabbed him or how long they left him without food, he would not die. The woman he was in love with saw his real appearance and was horrified.
Apocalypse broke free from his "captors" and began slaughtering the king's city. He had finally reached Eternal level power and was unstoppable. I'm pretty sure the final line is him saying, "I bring death, I am eternal, I am the Apocalypse."
DEVLIN712 - 5/23/2014, 3:51 AM
Singer mentioned that he wanted to use a young Nightcrawler in DoFP but had instead opted to keep him for Apocalypse
fortycals - 5/23/2014, 7:15 AM
Just to add to klones and devlin. He used kang/Rama tut tech to regenerate and boost his powers. Eventually he found and unlocked the secrets to a celestial ship. This is where he came up with his mission. Taking his old experiences and blending it with the celestial mission to shape evolution. His powers include but not limited to full molecular control of his body(allowing him density control, turning body parts into weapons, size growth and stretching abilities), teleporting, eye beams, and hulk level strength.
fortycals - 5/23/2014, 7:19 AM
His armor comes from the celestial ship. It boost his normal powers and gives him more.
BrowniesExplode - 5/23/2014, 2:20 PM
Thanks guys for the info is this guy immortal btw can he be defeated?
batz11 - 5/23/2014, 4:58 PM
Loved this movie, can't wait to see it again, nice work Dev!
Abary - 5/24/2014, 4:52 AM
Good article Dev. I've just seen the movie last night, and by god was it spectacular. The future has potential.
MrBlackJack - 5/25/2014, 3:55 PM
I've finally seen the film, and hoe. lee. fuk.
CombatWombat - 5/25/2014, 6:17 PM
Cyclops better be there...

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