X-Men: Apocalypse will conclude the second trilogy set up for our mighty Marvel mutants, and will present Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his team with their deadliest threat yet. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is a centuries-old mutant – perhaps the world’s first mutant – who has risen from his slumber with revitalized plans for world domination. Get a sense of his power in the first full trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which just dropped.
Following the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Xavier and his First Class crew occupy a different timeline. Magneto’s still an enemy, but heroes who were introduced by director Bryan Singer in the initial X-Men trilogy are now played by younger actors. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) are students at Xavier’s school, while their eventual teammate, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), is in Egypt… and about to become the tool of the mighty, terrifying Apocalypse (Isaac).
But that’s just the top of the iceberg. X-Men: Apocalypse has an insane amount of characters involved in the action, and truthfully, part of the reason we’re so excited to see it is to witness how Bryan Singer manages to juggle each and every storyline. We know that we are getting fresh versions of classic characters like Angel (Ben Hardy) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit McPhee). And he has to make room for the stalwarts of the First Class nation, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and McAvoy. All while neglecting to shortchange the new villain, who is supposed to be a global threat – as is indicated by Xaver’s final words in this new trailer.
We learned a lot more about our villain this time out. Apocalypse, as presented here, is older than the Bible, and seems to be the most powerful mutant that Charles has encountered. I wonder if that scene of Xavier punching a growing Apocalypse is part of a dream sequence, or is this truly is a power of the mysterious god-like mutant enemy.
And while we got a new glance at the updated mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse, there's still a lot that Fox decided to keep close to the vest. While we saw very quick glimpses of new mutants like Jubilee, Psylocke and Angel, we haven't seen full displays of their power. Storm showed off a quick move, and we saw Quicksilver running through what looked like Xavier's mansion. But to what end?
There's still plenty of time for Bryan Singer and his team to tease. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, a lucky slot for the X-Men saga over the years. For now, what did you think of the first full trailer?
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