I’ve never felt power like this before.
We live in a world where movie franchises are becoming the rule rather than the exception, and yet, to be still breathing and kicking into your eighth movie requires something special. X-Men began their journey in 2000 with Bryan Singer leading the path, and as we enter 2016, Singer is again guiding the series to its latest movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. His return with 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was hailed as an exemplary piece of cinema even in this overloaded superhero universe, and the movie became the biggest grosser of the series. It beautifully brought two worlds together – that of the old X-Men and their younger versions – and created an alternate timeline by the end, which now allows for the younger X-Men to build a franchise of their own. That is where X-Men: Apocalypse is headed, no longer having to worry about tying-in with the original X-Men series.
X-Men: Apocalypse has launched its first trailer and it is as superlative and glorious as we would expect a Bryan Singer movie to be. It has some of the most common known mutants of the series along with a handful of new ones, and a mighty big villain to contest. The trailer is fantastic; enjoy it here!
The trailer makes some things clear, which the comic book readers would already be aware about. Apocalypse is considered to be the first mutant, an all-powerful being, who keeps on rising time and again. This time he seems to dislike the world of ours, and aims to improve on it, by of course destroying most parts of it. Apocalypse always has the four horsemen doing his bidding, and his crew for the movie looks to be Storm, Magneto, Psylocke and Angel. As always, Professor X is out to save the world and win a tough battle with a gigantic and powerful enemy.
Apocalypse is being played by Oscar Issac, and while we see only a few clear shots of him in the trailer, we are given the pleasure of listening to Issac’s booming voice that would have to do its bit to build Apocalypse’s personality. James McAvoy is back in the chair of Professor X, and that last shot of him being bald definitely jolted me. That mystery will finally be solved (at least in this alternate timeline)! We have the known names of the franchise such as Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and even Evan Peters, Rose Byrne and Lucas Till, returning for this sequel. They will be joined by Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Ben Hardy as Angel, amongst many more. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? He should be putting on those claws again, but his role is being kept under wraps, and there is no hint of the famous mutant in the trailer for now.
X-Men: Days of Future Past made close to $750 million at the box-office worldwide which put the franchise on another level altogether commercially. With X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox would once again be looking at making some serious money, but can things get any bigger than X-Men: Days of Future Past remains to be seen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one, as the mutants are only a few months away from their return.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to release in the USA on May 27, 2016.