Is Littered With Death, Destruction, Uncertainty And A Lot Of Familiar Faces
All things must come to an end. A combined 16 years and seven seven total movies – albeit, not all of them conceived on his watch – Memorial Day 2016’s arrival of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in theaters worldwide will be director Bryan Singer’s curtain call at the helm of the Twentieth Century Fox franchise we can all thank for pioneering our current age of comic-based blockbusters.
Let’s get something out of the way right out front: this first full trailer exhibiting Oscar Isaac as ancient titular mutant demigod En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse obliterates the early fan taunts that the legendary Marvel titan more closely resembled MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE baddie Ivan Ooze. In fact, he looks spectacularly sinister and exudes menace as he foretells of his ambition to wipe out every living thing on Earth – human and mutant alike – in order to create something supposedly far grander in his image.
Oh, and of course, he’ll have help – namely, his Four Horsemen: disillusioned Magneto (Michael Fassbender), debuting telekinetic Psylocke (Olivia Munn), the winged Archangel (Ben Hardy), and a teenaged-and-mohawked Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp), who Apocalypse finds roaming the streets of Cairo.
Meanwhile, Prof. Charles Xavier (James MacAvoy), Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult), a curiously not-blue Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence, also making her final appearance in the franchise) and the returning Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) steel themselves for a confrontation with the unthinkably powerful Apocalypse alongside newly arrived mutant refugees Jean Grey, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, and Alex Summers/Havoc alongside his new-to-the-fold younger brother, Scott.
Where will the trailer take Twentieth Century Fox’s surest-footed tentpole franchise as it moves on from the Singer era? We’ll know in just under six months.