X-Men: Apocalypse may have been released back in May, but that hasn't stopped fans from discussing it non-stop for the past few months. The newest X-Men film marked a stark change from its predecessors, with a handful of characters being recast for the first time. We were given a new Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Storm- all of which were seen in their adult form during the course of Bryan Singer's original X-Men trilogy. Casting and designing young versions of the X-Men was surely a struggle for those behind X-Men: Apocalypse, and we've recently been privy to some original designs for the characters. In addition to Jean Grey's colorful costume design, we've just been shown a version of Alexandra Shipp's Storm which is totally punk rock. Check it out below.
When designing Alexandra Shipp's first Storm look, Phillip Boutte Jr. used a strong punk influence for the future X-Man. This is actually quite different from the final product, which featured a young Ororo Munroe pick pocketing in Cairo, Egypt. The backstory we were shown featured a very fun scene where Storm used her elemental powers to aid in petty crime, rather than saving the world.
From the above concept art, it's safe to assume that Storm's origin story was pretty up in the air as X-Men: Apocalypse was being developed. We can surmise that the non-Cairo backstory probably focused on Storm's comic book past with the Morlocks. The Morlocks are a group of mutant outcasts who are unable to blend in among the typical humans of Marvel's universe. They typically live in the sewers underneath New York City, and hide themselves from the outside world while protecting each other with their various mutant abilities. Storm has actually led the group on a few occasions, which is usually where she ends up wearing cool punk gear and her mohawk.
There still may just be a time in future X-Men films which feature this punk rock Storm. At the end of Apocalypse, she had taken her enhanced abilities and joined the X-Men, leaving behind her small stint as a Apocalypse's accomplice. Perhaps a later installment into Bryan Singer's X-Men universe will feature Storm embracing her punk rock sensibilities- when she's not wearing her fancy X-Men uniform that is.
We here at CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things X-Men as any news about future movies become public.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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