The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer is here, and it kills the original X-films once and for all
X-Men: Apocalypse won’t hit theaters until Memorial Day 2016, bu Fox has released the first trailer, giving us our best look at the movie yet. That includes a closer look at Apocalypse, who thankfully does not look like Ivan Ooze from Power Rangers.
The trailer pretty much spells out the entire story. Apocalypse is the world’s first mutant. He chooses four mutants to act as his horsemen, and then goes on a world domination kick. This time around, his picks are Magneto, Storm, Archangel (formerly Angel), and Pysylocke (the only X-character that hasn’t been featured in one of the previous films). They then fight the X-Men, who presumably want to stop them. Oh, and Xavier goes completely bald, and yet somehow pulls it off.
The film will be directed by Bryan Singer, and it also confirms something else we already knew. X-Men: Apocalypse essentially serves as the final nail in the coffin for all the movies prior to X-Men: First Class.
Love him or hate him, superhero fans owe a lot to Singer. He helped to shape modern superhero films thanks to X-Men and X2. By current standards both films are a little light on things like action, but they were well made movies that treated the properties – and therefore their fans – with respect. There was nary an X-nipple or a bulging, kevlar-covered crotch to be seen.
After Singer left, the films devolved into a mess. X3 was terrible, as was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They may have killed the franchise if not for a clever non-reboot reboot set in the past, X-Men: First Class, which was created under the watchful eye of director Matthew Vaughn.
Singer jumped back in with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and essentially retconned the entire series. The time travel gimmick meant that everything that happened after that point, including the terrible events in X3, were wiped away. By the look of it, X-Men: Apocalypse will build on that new timeline, ensuring the old one is a distant memory. If you need proof of that, look no further than Nightcrawler and Angel/Archangel. Both characters were introduced for the first time in the previous X-films. To have them appear now more or less ensures the timeline is completely reset (that was somewhat confirmed at the end of Days of Future Past, but this goes one step further).
Check out the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer below, and look for it on May 27, 2016.