Now, with filming very much underway on X-Men: Apocalypse over in Montreal, it's perhaps not too surprising that a whole lot of details about the production are slowly creeping out from the set - with the vast majority of them having so far come from the Twitter-ings of director Bryan Singer.
Some, though, have been intentionally kept very much under wraps - including anything more than a whisper about the film's plot, as well as the two casting announcements that X-fans everywhere are still very much waiting on: Channing Tatum's Gambit and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.
After all, Wolvie's so far appeared in every single Fox-made X-Men movie in some capacity, so the odds of him breaking his streak so close to his imminent retirement from the role seemed pretty darned slim. Gambit, meanwhile, is set to hit the big screen in his own solo movie in the very near future - so expectations were high that we'd get the chance to see Channing Tatum - who's long since been confirmed for the role - introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse.
And, from the sounds of a recent casting call from a Quebec-based casting agency, the likelihood of all of that coming together just skyrocketed up:
It Looks As Though We WILL Be Seeing Wolverine and Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse
After all, tucked away inside a block of casting confirmations that we've already heard - Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender et al - were the two introductory lines we were all hoping for:
"Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) as Gambit"
"Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) as Wolverine"
Which, if the casting call is on the money - and not just based on the various rumors that've been floating around the web - means we will, in actual fact, get to see the two heroes on screen together next year.
The same casting call, though, also included:
A Hint at X-Men: Apocalypse's Plot Complexity
Specifically, this distinctly engaging sales pitch...
"It has all lead to this. All of the battles (both outside and within the group), action, relationships and time travel that the uncanny X-Men have endured have lead to this, their biggest story ever – X-Men: Apocalypse. Following the universe changing events of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past comes this epic mutant adventure and with it a number of casting opportunities for performers of all ages."
...which seems to suggest that the time-travel elements of Days of Future Past - as well as the modern-day timeline it, and the earlier X-movies, featured - could well come into play.
The Age of Apocalypse, anyone?
Meanwhile, we were also offered...
A Tease of Apocalypse Himself's Plot
Which, from the sounds of it...
"X-Men: Apocalypse will follow the super powered mutants battling their most powerful foe yet, the devious and devastatingly dangerous Apocalypse. This legendary villain uses his incredible abilities to alter his physical form, access other mutant superpowers and telekinesis to recruit a cult-like group called the Four Horsemen to be his servants and do his bidding in an all out war against the X-Men."
... (and the reference to the cult-like group) might well involve the original comic-book Four Horsemen...
...as opposed to the widely expected modern Marvel approach of having Apocalypse (or others) coerce established heroes and villains into acting as his Horsemen...
...Not that I'd write that off being the focus of the movie's third act, though...
And, of course:
A Glimpse of Just How Many Mutants'll Be in the Movie
After all, it lists Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Wolverine, Gambit, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Nightcrawler, Beast, Psylocke and Apocalypse - to say nothing of the already confirmed Angel, Jubilee, Quicksilver and Havok, and the number of other cameos we're likely to see. Which is...a whole lot of mutants for a two/two and a half hour long movie.
And we all thought there were a lot of main characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron...
What do you think, though?