Although 2000’s X-Men was crucial to helping popularize non-Batman and Superman superhero movies, the franchise overall has stayed away from one key aspect of the genre over the last 15 years: the colorful costumes. While recent superhero adventures have embraced their protagonists wearing the same duds they do in the comics, the X-Men movies have opted to have the mutants wear dark, subdued uniforms, and X-Men: Apocalypse will be no exception.
With X-Men: Apocalypse a little over three months away, Twitter user Universo X-Men posted this photo of the main cast poised for battle. Although the December teaser trailer did give us glimpses at their costumes, this is our best look yet at their costumes from head to toe, and just like the original X-Men trilogy, most are garbed in the same black, leathery costumes, giving off a somewhat seductive vibe. I guess those changes to the timeline in X-Men: Days of Future Past didn’t allow for brighter colors…or anything less tight. At least time they have armor
Ironically, despite her costume being the most faithful to the comics, Olivia Munn’s Psylocke is the guiltiest of being "dominatrix-y," and while the actress has said before she was fine with wearing it, it doesn’t look comfortable at all. The only ones who managed to escape looking like this are James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, who’s finally wearing his trademark navy suit and rocking the chrome dome, and Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse, whose ceremonial armor looks more regal than kinky.
The closest the X-Men moves have ever come to dressing its heroes like their comic book counterparts was in X-Men: First Class, when their jumpsuits were colored the classic yellow and blue. There was also a deleted scene in The Wolverine showing Logan’s beloved yellow and brown uniform, but he never put it on. There may still be hope for future movies, as Wolverine’s third spinoff is coming in 2017, while on the ensemble side of things, New Mutants is in development. So far, though the only character in the X-Men movie universe whose costume looks like it jumped straight from the printed page to the big screen is Deadpool, and he has no interest in joining the mutant team.
Fashion choices aside, X-Men: Apocalypse is gearing up to be the biggest X-Men movie yet. When Apocalypse wakes after thousands of years in slumber and doesn’t like how 1980s society has turned out, he’ll recruit the Four Horsemen to help him reshape the world in his image. To combat this new threat, Xavier will bring his First Class allies and young students together to stop the ancient Egyptian powerhouse from realizing his goals. Too bad what they’re wearing during the battle won’t have any ‘80s flair.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27.