IGN caught up with Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg and asked him exactly how X-Men: Apocalypse will connect to the other two X-Men films hitting theaters in 2016, namely Deadpool and Gambit. Here’s what Kinberg had to say:
“Things that happen in one film are acknowledged by the other movies. The result of the aftermath of ‘Apocalypse’ is something that will impact the course of history in the world in much the same way that the end of ‘Days of Future Past’ did. From 1973 forward, the world knew about mutants. A mutant took a football stadium and dropped it on the White House. That’s not the history we were raised on. So, instead of ignoring it, all of the movies that come after that in the timeline acknowledge it and embrace it, and it becomes part of the complicated reality of ‘X-Men’ history on film.”
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015, Deadpool on February 12, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, Gambit on October 7, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017, and an undisclosed X-Men film on July 13, 2018.