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Nobody seems to enjoy teasing fans on Instagram as much as Bryan Singer. In the past he’s posted short clips and images from the set of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Well, he’s at it again. Although to be fair this time he’s not teasing us with an image so much as teasing us with a teaser. The director is in the studio putting the first teaser together probably right this minute.
While the image posted does give us a single frame of the movie in the background, it isn’t anything particularly earth shattering. If you didn’t already know James McEvoy was in the movie, then apparently that’s a spoiler, sorry. He still has his hair in that scene, so that’s something of note. What is newsworthy here is that Singer and the film’s editor and composer John Ottman are in the studio cutting together the first teaser trailer for the film, which Singer promises "soon."
The holiday season is the second busiest time of year at theaters, and being about half a year away from the summer season makes it the perfect time to release trailers for other tentpole movies. We already know that the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War will land prior to The Force Awakens the Disney connection made that one a near forgone conclusion. That movie opens at the beginning of May and Apocalypse has the final weekend of the same month sewn up so it’s likely that trailer will be hitting in the same window. Expect "soon" here to be sometime in the next couple months. Fox’s big Christmas releases is Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant so we’d keep your eyes on that one as far as where the trailer may drop first.
It will be great to finally see some action from the upcoming film. While we’ve seen a fair number of official still shots the movie doesn’t have a lot of form at this point to those of us on the outside. The fact that the shot in the background does give us McEvoy does imply that this teaser will include some actual footage of the film. Often first teasers are designed more to make audiences aware of a movie than to actually show them anything about it. In this case we know that filming is essentially done. While there are some reshoots apparently planned the majority of the film appears to be in the can, so there should be plenty to show. It’s simply a question of how much they want to give us this early.
How excited are you to get a first look at X-Men: Apocalypse? Hopefully they’re almost finished with the teaser, as Singer is looking pretty tired here. The man needs to get some sleep.
X-Men: Apocalypse will open on May 27, 2016.