(The following article is from contributing writer JL Watkins)
The first teaser trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse debuted at SDCC 2015 this past summer. And while it leaked shortly thereafter, the footage has never been made public. If we're to believe the latest statements from director Bryan Singer, we won't get to see an official trailer until March, which is just two months before the movie makes it's way into theaters. This is close to what 20th Century Fox did for the Fantastic Four remake, releasing the first teaser very late in the game. According to the filmmaker, the trailer will actually show off some of the end credit sequence from X-Men: Apocalypse, which is an homage to the entire franchise up until now.
Bryan Singer was speaking at the San Pedro International Film Festival. And he revealed that X-Men: Apocalypse has the longest running time of any mutant adventure thus far. But there is a very good reason for that. As we've heard before, X-Men: Apocalypse is going to bring Bryan Singer's X-Men franchise to an end. It will be the climax in a six film series that kicked off in 2000 with the original X-Men, and continued in 2003's X2: X-Men United, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, 2011's X-Men: First Class and last summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The The Wolverine spinoffs are not mentioned by the director. About the trailer and runtime, he had this to say.
"The cut's a little long right now, but I think it's going to be a longer X-Men movie. The X-Men movies I usually I keep under two hours, but this one I may actually let be a longer movie because it's sort of a wrap-up of six movies. It's kind of a wrap up of X-Men 1, 2, 3, First Class, Days of Future Past, and there's even an homage at the end, a scene. Its going to get spoiled because they decided to use it in the trailer which comes out in like six months, but it's a really cool trailer. But it's kind of a wrap up of six movies. So, it might run a little bit long."
The Movie Report has a full video from the Bryan Singer Q&A. The director also goes onto talk about the challenges of making the film. And he discusses further working with Michael Fassbender. It proves to be an insightful discussion for any true X-Men movie fan. The PR announcing a partnership between M&M's and 20th Century Fox was responsible for giving us the official synopsis earlier in the week. Here it is in all it's glory.
"Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's 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, including a disheartened Magneto, 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 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."
X-Men: Apocalypse will help kick off the summer movie going season when it arrives in May. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are returning as Professor X and Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult will further explore their relationship as Raven and Beast. New additions to the cast include Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, the main villain, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Are you excited to get an epic runtime with X-Men: Apocalypse? And are you disappointed that the trailer is still months away? Sound off below.