This is a big month for Marvel movies, kicking off with Captain America: Civil War this Friday and ending with X-Men: Apocalypse on Memorial Day Weekend. Today, we have an exciting new clip from the later, which prominently features Jennifer Lawrence. The Academy Award winning actress reprises her role as Raven for a third time after appearing in the hit Mutant adventures X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. This latest sequel is said to bring the X-Men prequel trilogy to a close, and it was originally supposed to be Jennifer Lawrence's last turn as Mystique, as she once famously claimed she is done with the 'blue paint'. But in recent weeks, she's done a 360 and has revealed that she will come back if asked.
In this latest sneak peek at X-Men: Apocalypse, we see that New Mutant Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, has been captured and brought to an underground fight club. He is literally dumped into a cage match against Ben Hardy's Angel. Using his teleportation powers, Nightcrawler doesn't look like an easy match, until he lands on the electrified fencing of the cage. Here comes Raven to the rescue. As Nightcrawler is about to get his ass handed to him, Raven, decked out in the latest 80s fashions, attempts to sway one of the guards with her snake like charm. It all ends with an uppercut elbow to the chin, as Mystique rushes in to save the day for poor Kurt Wagner. This clip comes courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence's Facebook.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants known as The Four Horsemen, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.
As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. Reprising their roles from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past are Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Evan Peters (Quicksilver). New cast members include Oscar Isaac as the villainous Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.
X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 27, 2016, putting it up against Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, setting up what could be a huge box office showdown. This latest X-Men movie will close out the prequel trilogy that includes X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. 20th Century Fox is also working on the spinoff Gambit, which will start production later this year, while also developing The New Mutants.
Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Apocalypse from a script by Simon Kinberg, based on a story the director and screenwriter crafted together with X2: X-Men: United writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. There have been rumors that Bryan Singer has signed on to direct another X-Men movie, with production reportedly starting next year in Montreal, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. While we wait for more on the future of this lucrative X-Men franchise, check out the new trailer below.