This past Friday we saw the arrival of the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which will be the third film in the new series after First Class and Days of Future Past and the ninth film of the overall X-Men franchise.
The new superhero film shows us the first and most powerful mutant named Apocalypse played by Oscar Isaac, being awakened after thousands of years only to be disillusioned with the world he finds. This makes him recruit a team of powerful mutants to destructively “cleanse” humanity and create a new world order.
“I’ve been called many things over many lifetimes,” he says in the trailer. “Ra, Krishna, Yahweh…”
The film features stars, once again, such as James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast, and sees the return of Lucas Till as Alex Summers / Havok, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert and Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver.
In the first seconds of the trailer we have the first look at the young Jean Grey, played by actress Sophie Turner best known for her role as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones.
“I saw the end of the world. I could feel all this death,” she worriedly tells Professor Charles Xavier, who immediately calms her down by saying that it was all just a dream.
According to Director Bryan Singer, this “dream” is a portrayal of the incredible power growing within the young telepath.
“It’s all about their potential. Jean has a special connection with Xavier, she has a special connection with the psychic world and she has enormous untapped power that’s growing,” he told Empire.
In order to destroy the world, Apocalypse recruits his ´Four Horseman of the Apocalypse´ in the powerful mutants Magneto, Psylocke, Angel, and Storm.
The trailer reflects on the ancient villain when we hear:
“Like the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He got that one from the Bible.”
“Or the Bible got it from him.”
Interestingly, Storm has never been a member of the Four Horsemen in the comics, being made into one before only in the X-Men: Evolution cartoon.
In the X-Men mythology, Apocalypse is described as a sort of giant, something portrayed in the trailer, but Singer revealed that he would not stay so big all the time.
“I did something a little interesting in how I addressed the size thing, but I think the audience will get a kick out of it,” he explains.
As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven -with the help of Professor X- must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
The newcomers of the film include Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers / Cyclops, Olivia Munn as Elizabeth Braddock / Psylocke, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe / Storm, , Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III / Angel / Archangel and Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016, in North America in 3D and 2D.