Trailer: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Apocalypse has arrived in X-Men: Apocalypse after the X-Men faced Magneto (and human enemies) in 3 movies, Sebastian Shaw in First Class, and Sentinals in Days of Future Past.

Thankfully, we’re getting the first official look before the end of the year, as this trailer (and several others) are slated to roll in front of Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week. Hey, if you’re going to see Star Wars, you’re probably of the persuasion that enjoys the X-Men films, Batman vs Superman, and similar others.

Instead of teaming up to save the future, Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy) is butting heads once again with Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the fate of the world is at stake yet again in X-Men: Apocalypse. The titular Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first mutant, has awoken after millennia and he’s looking to wipe humanity off the map with the help of his new Horsemen – Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Magneto, Orono Munro/Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Warren Worthington III/Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy). Luckily, Xavier has Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till), and Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver (Evan Peters) on his side, along with new recruits Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jubliation Lee/Jubilee (Lana Condor).

X-Men Apocalypse theatrical poster

This first official look at the film is a little more polished than the production photos that have been appearing in recent months and the SDCC sizzle reel that leaked. Apocalypse is looking more like he did in the comics, rather than an Ivan Ooze knock-off (something internet commenters were fast to point out over the summer), and you can’t even tell that it’s Oscar Isaac under all that makeup and costuming. It’s certainly pleasing to see fresh takes on the newer characters, especially Jubilee, who was relegated to cameo roles in the first X-Men trilogy. And, perhaps thankfully, McAvoy is embracing the cleanshaven look of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. However, I’m mixed on how Quicksilver’s speed-vision looks – albeit in the few seconds he was on screen. Regardless, I’ll save all final judgments for once I’ve seen the film.

Bryan Singer is back in the director’s chair for the 4th time, working off a script from Simon Kinberg and a story that he, Simon, and Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris contributed to. Also returning are Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert from First Class) and Josh Hellman (William Stryker from Days of Future Past). X-Men: Apocalypse continues its franchise hold on Memorial Day weekend with its May 27, 2016 release date.