Sure, you've all seen the leaked Comic-Con trailer. But you haven't seen the real deal until now! Entertainment Weekly has our first look at some of the new characters in X-Men: Apocalypse. And we get to see some returning favorites. One thing is for certain, people are going to have a strong opinion about the villain...Especially since he looks very familiar.
Yes, is that Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse? Or is X-Men: Apocalypse recycling Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser costume from Guardians of the Galaxy? This new addition to Fox's Marvel Cinematic Universe even strikes a familiar pose on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Some folks claimed this past weekend that a rush to judgment should not be made about Apocalypse, as his CGI work was not finished. Well, here he is in his official form. What do you think?
The first-ever mutant is flanked by Michael Fassbender, who returns as Magneto. But that's not the most striking thing about this new image. As it also contains our first-ever official look at Olivia Munn as Psylocke, in the outfit the actress notoriously claimed 'needs a lot of lube'. Also appearing in an official capacity for the first time in these images is Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and we get to see that her 80s mohawk is in full effect! Missing are Lana Condor as Jubilee, Sophie Turner as young Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan as Young Cyclops.
Instead, the other pictures give us a first look at returning characters Jennifer Lawrence, who reprises her role as Raven (aka Mystique) for a third time, and Evan Peters, who stole the show in X-Men: Days of Future Past as Quicksilver. We also get to see Lucas Till retuning as Hovak, and Rose Byrne returning as Moira MacTaggert, both introduced in 2012's X-Men: First Class. Bryan Singer even makes an appearance, seen here directing his cast.
In X-Men: Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac plays the villain, a 5,000 year-old Egyptian Mutant. We first got to see him in the SDCC teaser trailer, where we learned a little bit more about his goals and aspirations in this latest Marvel adventure. About the character, the actor had this to say.
"He's believed to be the first mutant, whatever that means. He is the creative-slash-destructive force of this earth. When things start to go awry, or when things seem like they're not moving towards evolution, he destroys those civilizations."
Last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past was an epic undertaking that included cast members from both the original trilogy that kicked off in 2000, and the newer trilogy that started with 2012's X-Men: First Class. It seemed like a hard movie to top, especially in the way that it rewrote the entire franchise with its timeline altering narrative. That's the main reason heavy-hitting villain Apocalypse was brought in. Writer-producer Simon Kinberg explains.
"The problem with Days of Future Past is it's hard to sequelize. Whenever we talked about the sequel, the challenge was that it needed to feel not necessarily bigger visually, but that the stakes needed to feel bigger."
Apocalypse is set on destroying the world in X-Men: Apocalypse. The story will conclude the new trilogy, while introducing newer, younger mutants that will carry the franchise into the future. This is their debut, held within the framework of a plot that brings resolution to all has has come before it. The movie kicks off in 1983, the exact same weekend that Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi opened in theaters. 10 years have passed since we last saw Raven, Professor X and Magneto. They are all estranged when Apocalypse is awakened from his Egyptian tomb. He sets out to collect his Four Horsemen, starting with Storm, whom he finds living on the streets of Cairo.
He later finds Angel (Ben Hardy) in a Berlin fight club, and discovers the beautiful Psylocke working behind the Iron Curtain, where she serves the mutant-broker Caliban. His final piece to the Four Horsemen puzzle is Magneto, who has been trying to lead a 'normal' life in Poland, where he has fallen in love. But his world is soon shatter, and it's Apocalypse that arrives as his savior.
Miles away, Raven is on her own, helping to rescue stray or oppressed mutants, including the teleporting Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who may or may not be her son. While she knows nothing about Apocalypse, she hears something devastating has happened to Erik, and sets out to find him. This sparks a reunion between her and Charles Xavier, who is no longer schooling young mutants in the way of battle, but instead, is using is resources to teach Mutants how to behave in public and hold down a real job. James McAvoy explains,
"He's not teaching anybody how to fight at the moment. He's teaching people how to control their abilities so that they can work at a bank. But of course this movie challenges all of that."
Apocalypse's plot to take over the world soon becomes clear to Xavier and Raven. Together, they put together a new team to take down this threat and save their friends. Some of the plot is hinted at in these new photos. Take a look, and let us know what you think. Will this be the most awesome and epic franchise sequel yet? Or is there no way Bryan Singer can top X-Men: Days of Future Past with his Mutant vs Mutant war? And come on, really? Isn't that just Ronan the Accuser?