With so much attention being paid to films like Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War, it’s easy to forget that we’ll also be getting another installment in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film franchise in 2016 as well. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future’s Past, Unusual Suspects), X-Men: Apocalypse sees Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his team of mutants fighting against the self-proclaimed god, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). A mutant of unimaginable power, Apocalypse wishes to cleanse the Earth of mankind and create a new world order in his own image.
Damn, there are a lot of mutants in this trailer! In addition to returning veterans like Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast , we get our first look at the young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jubilee/Jubilation Lee (Lana Condor) and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Though we only get a few glimpses of them in the trailer, I’m somewhat hopeful they’ll at least receive a tiny bit more screen time than their older incarnations did in the original X-Men films.
It’s also great to see Michael Fassbender rocking the flannel shirt as a disillusioned Magneto. Finding himself without purpose in a world that now accepts mutants; he appears to be seeking some sort of solace as one of Apocalypse’s four horsemen. He, along with Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn), will most likely serve as secondary antagonists to Apocalypse.
While it’s always exciting to see more X-Men, the big selling point of the trailer is the big-bad himself. In case anyone was unaware, initial reactions to Apocalypse have been mixed at best, with many stalwart X-Men fans comparing him to the Power Rangers baddie Ivan Ooze. Though it’s hard to deny some of the eerie physical similarities between the two villans, it seems that Singer and crew have made digital adjustments during post-production to have Apocalypse more closely resemble his comic book counterpart. Not only is Apocalypse now looking more blue, but he’s also sporting his signature cheek lips. How can you not love those cheek lips?!
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theatres May 27, 2016.
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