Bryan Singer Calls 'X-Men: Apocalypse' a "Big Monster of a Movie"

"It's definitely an X-Men movie, but it really feels different."
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Time itself might have been at stake in last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, but to hear director Bryan Singer talk, next year's X-Men: Apocalypse might somehow be even bigger.

"It's a big monster of a movie," he told Empire magazine, adding that "the stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It's definitely an X-Men movie, but it really feels different."

The villain is Apocalypse, a seemingly immortal mutant that viewers caught a glimpse of in Ancient Egypt at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past. But there's more than Oscar Isaac's bad guy to lure in the X-faithful; concept art shared with Empire teases the construction of the Blackbird, the X-Men's iconic aircraft, as well as a new look for Angel that resembles the character's comic book "Archangel" redesign. Plus, of course, there is the first appearance of some new mutants that audiences are already familiar with.

"They're as much a part of the movie as our main cast," Singer said about the younger Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm (Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp), who'll make their debuts in Apocalypse. Each of the three won't be quite the heroes movie audiences will recognize from their appearances in the original X-Men movies.

"Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader," Singer explained. "Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world."

X-Men: Apocalypse will be released May 27, 2016.