In 2016, Bryan Singer will unleash X-Men: Apocalypse upon the world. The movie's written, cast and currently well into shooting, but damned if anybody knows just what's going to happen in the X-film with the highest stakes yet.
One question, as the franchise enters a transition period in which audiences witness what Bryan Singer calls the "true birth of the X-Men", is who is going to live and who is going to die. Up to now, the series has neglected to kill off to many of its mutant characters, but with actors' contracts ending and the monstrous Apocalypse as the new antagonist, it's not just a chance for Singer and co. to up the scale, it's a chance to get clearing house.
There are certain characters appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse who likely aren't set to make an exit (Nicholas Hoult, for one, has expressed a desire to stick around a while as Beast), while there are others for whom death is an impossibility. For example, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine - likely to appear in Apocalypse, though in a smaller role than in Days Of Future Past - still has a standalone movie to come in 2017.
However, for the majority of the cast of characters - that includes the new and the old - it's fair game. Here are nine major characters who could die in X-Men: Apocalypse.
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