(Warning - potentially huge...or tiny...SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse lie below. As Taylor Swift so sagely advised: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya"...)
Now, there are a whole lot of reasons to be (substantially over-) excited about next years X-Men: Apocalypse, not least among them that it's a movie starring the freaking X-Men. In the grand scheme of 'things that are inherently well-suited to bringing geek-related happiness,' that's right up there with 'Hulk smashing something,' 'Spider-Man being snarky' and 'Batman.'
In this particular case, though, one of the biggest reasons to get substantially over-enthusiastic is actually X-Men: Apocalypse's director, Bryan Singer. The reason? He just won't stop posting awesome teases to social media - and his latest might just reveal something huge. Specifically:
We Might Just Have Our First Glimpse of X-Men: Apocalypse's New X-Men Costumes
Now, any mysterious image like that is bound to spark a burst of speculation at the best of times - but one with that teasing caption?
"Reminds me of #area51 #roswell #xmen #xmenapocalypse"
Well, that's just asking to be over-analyzed...
After all, while we could simply be seeing some generic uniforms, or a new batch of odd-looking X-Men costumes, that image might also (just possibly) suggest that:
X-Men: Apocalypse Could Feature a Whole New (Secret) Team of X-Men
After all, Singer's teasing of those costumes reminding him of Area 51 might just be teasing the arrival of something that, despite being a major part of the comic book X-Universe, we haven't yet really seen in the X-Movies: a government-sponsored team of mutant heroes.
Y'see, from the 1980s on, there's almost always been at least one U.S. government-operated team of mutants floating around - with the most famous being the Havok and Quicksilver-featuring X-Factor...
The original version of the idea, however, was a group named Freedom Force, which was founded after a certain (ex-terrorist) mutant struck a deal with the U.S. government to work for them. That mutant?
Why, that'd be Mystique...
...Who, when we last saw her in Days of Future Past, had just appeared to become a hero on national television.
Could These Costumes Belong to Mystique and Her New Freedom Force, Then?
It certainly seems possible - especially as Freedom Force rose to prominence back in the '80s, at pretty much the same sort of time that X-Men: Apocalypse is set. Add in their entertainingly antagonistic relationship with the X-Men, and you have yourself a surprisingly plausible addition to the X-Movies.
The big question now?
Who Could Those Suits Belong to?
Well, if we were set to see Freedom Force, then it's possible they could belong to traditional (albeit as yet unannounced) members of the team, including the likes of Pyro and Avalanche (both of whom have turned up in previous X-Men movies). Perhaps more likely, though, we could see a new team made up of characters we've already seen in the movies (perhaps with Rose Byrne's Moira MacTaggert as their CIA liaison).
Mystique would be the obvious team leader, and there's a decent chance that a seemingly unaffiliated character like Quicksilver could find himself in the team. The most intriguing possibility, though?
We Could See Wolverine Return, Too
After all, the last we saw of Wolverine back in Days of Future Past, he was being picked up by none other than Mystique (disguised as part of the U.S. military), newly shorn of his future-Logan's time-traveling memories. Could this Wolverine, then, have found himself working for the U.S. government - perhaps even in his (long-rumored) original comic book costume?