The ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ teaser raises the stakes for the mutants


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The upcoming sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past scheduled for release next May.

Alec Badalian , Magazine Editor

The X-Men film franchise started out tremendously in 2000 with X-Men, changing the game for superhero movies, and gained even more momentum with 2003’s X2, the rare case in which the sequel improved upon its predecessor. But once director Bryan Singer left this Marvel franchise to bring life to DC’s Superman with the terrible Superman Returns, Brett Ratner took the helm and made the equally terrible X-Men: The Last Stand, which was released in 2006. This was followed with yet another disaster in 2009 with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which butchered the titular character as well as others like Deadpool (who will hopefully be done justice in his solo movie next February).

Then in 2011, Matthew Vaughn resurrected this potentially dead franchise with his incredible prequel X-Men: First Class. In between First Class and its successor, another Wolverine solo movie, simply titled The Wolverine, was released in 2013 and proved to be completely harmless superhero fare, but nothing utterly great. Following the success of this rebooted franchise, Vaughn decided to leave this universe for another director to take over, which was the perfect opportunity for Singer to return and deliver yet another powerful comic book adaptation, which is exactly what he did with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now that a great sense of life has been injected back into the franchise, it’s time for the series to go as big as ever with X-Men: Apocalypse.

Hitting theaters next summer, on May 27, Fox’s only proficient comic book property (the studio also owns the Fantastic Four) thrusts this world of mutants into pure chaos with the emergence of one of the most dangerous forces the world has ever faced: Apocalypse. His name says it all, as this iconic comic book character possesses a wide array of abilities ranging from mass shifting to mind control, which poses an immense threat to Charles Xavier and his mutant allies. That’s essentially all of the plot details that are known at this time, but based on this trailer, this is going to be a much darker adventure than any previous one for this gang of characters.

With the exception of Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine, the entire cast of these last two X-Men films, which includes James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, and many others, have come back to take on this unstoppable villain, played by Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Newcomers to the team include Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Olivia Munn as Betsy Braddock/Psylocke, Sophie Turner as a young Jean Grey and others.

Thankfully, Bryan Singer has stuck around for the sequel and will hopefully create the same magic he did with Days of Future Past, perhaps the best X-Men film in the whole saga. It’s too early to judge whether or not this will be yet another home run for Fox, but it seems that they’ve at least got off to a proper start.