As much as the previous installments in the new X-Men trilogy have shaken things up, X-Men: Apocalypse seems poised to break the status quo with the biggest changes yet. Not only does the film boast its biggest villain ever with Oscar Issac's Apocalypse, but the X-Men themselves seem to be lead by an unlikely ally: Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique. Nowhere is this new change more prominent than in the latest poster released for the Bryan Singer blockbuster, which you can see directly below.


Coming directly from the official Twitter feed of the X-Men films themselves is this lovely instance of frameable artwork that mirrors the poster that X-Men: Apocalypse released a couple of days ago, showcasing the Four Horsemen and their ancient boss, played by Oscar Issac. While the Apocalypse crew is intending to destroy the world, Mystique and her X-Men co-horts, with some assistance from their mentor Professor Charles Xavier, will be defending all that we stand for. Seeing as the traditional X-Men timeline has Jennifer Lawrence's character down as a villain, the changes to the universe made in X-Men: Days Of Future Past are finally starting to take hold.


With Lawrence's heel turned hero becoming a focal point in X-Men: Apocalypse, Mystique will not only be fighting between the forces of men who helped shape her as a mutant, she'll be the figurehead for a new generation of gifted youngsters coming into their own. Her team will consist of newcomers like Tye Sheridan's Cyclops, Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, and Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler; as well as returning bad-asses Quicksilver and Beast, played by Evan Peters and Nicholas Hoult respectively. Just as the trailers have suggested, the woman also known as Raven Darkholme will be accepting the mantle of leading the forces of good into battle, and X-Men cinematic history is about to be made in the process.

Considering that X-Men: Apocalypse is the concluding installment of Bryan Singer's X-Men universe, there's a lot on the line when it comes to raising the stakes. But the decision to put Jennifer Lawrence front and center isn't a hasty one, as the whole of X-Men: Days Of Future Past saw her character go from angry mercenary to a woman with a lot of thinking to do. In this action packed finale, it looks like the time for thought has officially closed, and the time for action and redemption is nigh. So while a lot of good looking explosions and chaos will reign visually, thematically the story seems to be anchored by a very personable mutant. It's the fitting end to a series that has always been known for blending pulse-pounding action with heightened emotion.

X-Men: Apocalypse tears it all down on May 27th.

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