After months of speculation about the new Brian Singer movie X-Men Apocalypse, the first trailer is finally, finally here. Fortunately it is way way better than the set photos we’ve been seeing. The first pictures of the titular character were frankly pretty disappointing. It looked pretty frighteningly like Ivan Ooze, a villain from an earlier 20th Century Fox superhero movie – 1995?s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. They seem to have fixed the problem, though, and a lot more.
Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse was worshiped as a god, and between you, us and the wall we think it’s gone to his head in a very very bad way. He was the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassing the powers of many other mutants which has made him immortal and invincible. He wakes after thousands of years to find a world that, in his opinion, needs a good housecleaning. He recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
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At some point they were going to have to show the transition between James McAvoy’s curly locks and the smooth pate of Professor X with which we are most familiar, and this happens in the new film. Of course, the original casting selections for the various X-Men have mostly aged out of the roles, so that problem had to be dealt with too – so we have Sophie Turner as Jean Gray, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm, and a number of other new faces join the familiar ones we had already seen from X-Men: First Class. Michael Fassbinder is back as Magneto, which is a huge relief. It would have been hard to strike the right note for the character without him.
The new movie seems to be trying a lot harder to match the tone of the Avengers movies and the rest of the Marvel movie universe than X-Men: First Class did, and we think that’s a good thing.
X-Men Apocalypse features the acting talents of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy, and comes to theaters May 27, 2016.