This year is a rather busy one for comic book fans, with Warner Bros Pictures, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox all releasing two superhero films this year. On the DC side of things, WB releases its tentpole film which is intended to jumpstart the rest of the DC Extended Universe in a week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, following up with Suicide Squad in August. On the Marvel side of things, Marvel Studios is releasing mega-crossover film Captain America: Civil War in about a month and a half, and following up with Doctor Strange, an origin story starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the man who will become Sorcerer Supreme, who defends the world from Cthulhu level beings.
With all the focus on Batman v Superman and Civil War – in large part due to the clash between such iconic superheroes in both films – it’s easy to forget that X-Men: Apocalypse will be releasing in cinemas in just a few months. Thankfully they just dropped a trailer and it’s certainly intriguing.
We start off seeing Magneto and Professor X talking. Prof. X seems confident that he and his X-Men will be able to hold off any threat. A bit of backstory re: Apocalypse and his status as the first mutant, born thousands of years ago. It seems like Apocalypse’s origin is being shown, with the aid of a bit of (presumably) alien technology.
This is interesting actually because I believe that Fox actually owns the rights to certain alien races, though at the moment I can only recall the Skrulls, alien shapeshifters. The fact that they’re embracing comic book mythology is definitely a good sign, as with the cosmic threats set to emerge in Marvel and DC’s films over the coming years, it’s time that the X-Men franchise upped its game.
After awakening from his long slumber, Apocalypse begins gathering his Four Horsemen. In the process, he shows off a bit of his powers, and they’re frankly terrifying. As you can see from the figures below, Apocalypse just dropped a bunch of people with apparently just a thought.
After gathering his four Horsemen, Apocalypse sets out to go to war against humanity. And he does so in spectacular fashion, destroying an entire city and launching what are presumably nuclear warheads. Missiles of some sort, anyway. All this while a voiceover of Professor X hauntingly says ”He means to destroy this world. Billions of people killed.
This apocalyptic, 9/11 imagery is certainly bleak, and that only reinforces the sobriety when we realise that Xavier’s students are undergoing a graduation by fire – going to take on a being who – according to the movie – has been worshipped as a god since Ancient Times. Ra. Krishna. Yahweh.
The trailer ends with Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique being choked by Apocalypse. Perhaps she’s going to die? It’s certainly possible, given the fact that this is the last film Lawrence has signed on for, and she’s previously expressed her distaste for the full body paint and adhesives required to play the shapeshifter. Helping save the world is a pretty good way to go.
There doesn’t seem to be too much in the way to analyse, though admittedly I’m not as immersed with the X-Men lore as I probably should be. Still, this trailer focuses so much on the destruction, we can’t help but wonder what Fox is holding back. We’ll find out how it all comes together when it hits cinemas.
If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them because honestly while this trailer did very well re: showcasing the power of Apocalypse and his Horsemen, I’m feeling rather underwhelmed since we haven’t seen much else. Perhaps they’re adhering to the credo ‘less is more’ perhaps a little too much? And of course, feel free to share if you enjoyed :).
X-Men: Apocalypse releases in cinemas May 27th.