Earlier today, photos from X-Men: Apocalypse surfaced that gave us our first official look at Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Lana Condor) and the blue-skinned villain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Entertainment Weekly has released even more photos from this superhero sequel, featuring the young mutants Jubilee (Lana Condor), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), along with another look at Storm. Some of these photos appear to be taken during the early days of production, since their costumes match up with set photos during scenes shot at a mall, where these mutants all went to see Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.
The story is set in 1983, 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with X-Men: Apocalypse closing out the trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class. Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) have become estranged in the years following X-Men: Days of Future Past, but they are forced to reunite when the villainous Apocalypse rears his blue head. Apocalypse is on a mission to bring together his Four Horsemen, including Storm, who he finds in Cairo, Angel (Ben Hardy) and Psylocke. The fourth piece of his villainous puzzle is Magneto, who has been trying to live a normal life in Poland.
Eventually, Apocalypse's plot becomes known to Xavier and Mystique, leading them to form this young X-Men team. Along with the new photos, it is revealed that Storm "isn't in control" of her powers when Apocalypse finds her, while Jubilee is described as a "fashionable student" at Xavier's school for the gifted, who can create "colorful energy bursts." Cyclops' burgeoning romance with Jean Grey is said to be one of the movie's three love stories, while Nightcrawler, who is rescued by Mystique, emerges as a source of comedic relief. Jean Grey is said to be one of Xavier's "prized students," who is fearful of her own powers.
These young mutants will be joined by other returning stars such as Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Havok (Lucas Till). During 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con panel last weekend, director Bryan Singer pointed out that Hugh Jackman has starred in every single X-Men movie to date, although he has yet to be confirmed for X-Men: Apocalypse. While nothing was set in stone at the panel, this cryptic exchange could certainly hint that Hugh Jackman may have some sort of appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Production is still under way on X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal, with a release date of May 27, 2016 already in place. Bryan Singer confirmed that this movie closes out the franchise, but there was a rumor that surfaced last week which revealed 20th Century Fox wants the filmmaker to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which would set up a potential X-Men crossover with Fantastic Four. Those rumors have yet to be confirmed, but while we wait for more details, check out the latest X-Men: Apocalypse photos.