‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ director Bryan Singer took to the web to tease Angel’s return to the X-Men films. The tease came in the form of a piece of production art that Singer posted to his Instagram account. The image appears to depict the winged mutant caged before an audience, possibly as part of a circus or theater of some sort.

While Angel was played in his sole prior cinematic appearance by Ben Foster, the part will almost certainly be recast for the upcoming film, along with mainstays Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey.  Actor Ben Hardy has reportedly been in talks to appear in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ and given this tease the natural speculation is that he is in line for the role of Angel. Assuming this is the case, the question would then turn to the nature of Angel’s involvement in the story. After all, while he is a founding member of the (comic book) X-Men, Angel also has a great deal of history with Apocalypse. Indeed, it was during Louise Simonson’s mid-80s run on ‘X-Factor’ that Angel was apparently killed, only to reappear some issues later serving the villain under the guise of Archangel, an identity he has retained in some form or fashion ever since.

Some production art. #XMEN #XmenApocalypse

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The ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is set to serve as the concluding installment of a trilogy encompassing ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ The cast includes ‘First Class’ stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne alongside newcomers Channing Tatum, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Alexandra Shipp. As we have previously reported, fans can also expect a return appearance of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver and cameos by both Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry in their familiar roles.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is set to begin filming next month for a theatrical release on May 27, 2016.