Just days after Comic-Con, where the first teaser trailer was shown, the first official X-Men: Apocalypse photos arrived. These gave us our first look at the title villain played by Oscar Isaac, along with some of the new mutants that will be on display. 20th Century Fox has now released those same photos in high-res, giving us a better look. Though, as you may notice, Apocalypse is suspsiosly absent from this official reveal. The big blue bad guy of this franchise sequel came under a lot of scrutiny, with his appearance compared to that of Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy. Harsher critics said he looked like he stepped out of a Power Rangers movie from the mid-90s. Are they giving him an upgrade?
20th Century Fox has decided to show off the more well-recieved aspects of its epic franchise sequel, which takes place roughly ten years after the events in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The first photo shows us returning characters Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), both working on the same side, seen here in their new brown-accented X-Men costumes. The second photo also revisits beloved characters from the franchise that we've already met in previous movies, including Moira MacTaggery (Rose Byrne), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Havok (Lucas Till) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult). We also get one lone shot of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), dishevel, shocked and standing in his civilian clothes.
The next five photos are where it gets interesting. We get to see some of the new mutants at the heart of this superhero adventure. First up is Alexandra Shipp, who takes over for Halle Berry as the young Storm. We get a better look at her costume, which directly reflects the 80s comics upon which this movie is based. She also gets her signature 80s mohawk. This will be the first movie in the long-standing series to show Storm in her Cairo home, where she is discovered by Apocalypse. She is on the search for a god to call her own. Oscar Isaac's villain proves himself worthy of that purpose, and she is soon recruited as one of his four horsemen.
While the first half of the movie will find Apocalypse being awoken from his ancient Egyptian tomb to put together this deadly team, which also consists of Magneto, Angel (Ben Hardy) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn), the second half of the movie will follow Xavier and Raven's attempts to stop Apocalypse and save their old friend Erik. This means putting together a team of New Mutants who will carry this franchise into the future. These new gifted students include Lana Condor as Jubilee, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Jean and Cyclops will be locked in the film's central love triangle, while Nightcrawler, who is discovered on the streets by Raven, will be the comedic relief. It isn't know if he will be revealed as Raven's son, as he is in the comic books.
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 two weeks ago claiming 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. While we wait for more details, check out these X-Men: Apocalypse high-res photos.