X-Men: Apocalypse: Battle of the X’s

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ trailer shows Oscar Isaac’s villain in full glory, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique in hero mode.

Uninvited houseguests are the worst, especially when one of them is an evil immortal who definitely doesn’t bring a gift. Bryan Singer’s fourth addition in the blockbuster franchise will serve as the sequel to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which featured a stellar cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.Fox dropped the first full trailer for “X-Men: Apocalypse,” giving fans a good look at the the titular big bad, played by Oscar Isaac, who rampages his way through the two-minute, 30-second trailer. This next installment, which is scheduled to premiere in May 2016, also revealed a long history behind the lead villain – even suggesting he could have pre-dated the Bible.

Isaac, who has a major tour of duty as an X-Wing pilot in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” doesn’t just chew through the scenery, he obliterates it. Following the terrifying vision, there’s also Jennifer Lawrence doing what she does best and leading mutants into war as Raven: “That’s why I’m here – to fight,” she says.

But I’m here now.” As Magneto, Mystique, Quicksilver, and the rest of the series’ familiar faces show up for battle, the skies darken, cities begin to implode, and the supervillain threatens to take over the world by controlling the X-Men. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), a 5,000-year-old Egyptian mutant, suddenly teleports into Cerebro with his new recruits — Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Angel (Ben Hardy) — to force another mutant to join him: Charles. While, Rose Byrne, who will also reprise her role of Moira MacTaggert, is seen explaining Apocalypse’s history to a young Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy. And it seems director Bryan Singer is getting the most screen-time as possible from Lawrence, the hottest star in Hollywood, as Mystique for her likely last mission for the franchise. Former enemy-turned-comrade Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) concisely sums up the computer-generated carnage that comes next: “This is war.” In addition to returning cast members like McAvoy, Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Apocalypse also co-stars Tye Sheridan as a young Cyclops and Lana Condor as Jubilee (a fan favorite from the animated X-Men TV series).

After the professor is pulled across the corridor in his wheelchair by Magneto, Apocalypse sizes up the remaining heroes and declares in a booming bass, “All will be revealed, my children.” Well, technically, Mr. The film hits theaters on May 27th, 2016. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. One of the most intriguing shots of the trailer comes at the end, with the glimpse of a completely bald look for MacAvoy’s Professor X, which jibes with the older version played by Patrick Stewart in four “X-Men” movies.

Munn (Magic Mike) chats about all the bruises she’s acquired doing wirework training to play the ninja-esque Psylocke, and the perils of her supertight violet ensemble. “Now it fits like a glove,” she says, and starts to laugh. “But on day one I was like, ‘Uh, guys, do we have a backup? December tends to bring out the best in Saturday Night Live: The cast has started to gel, the writers have a sense of what makes this iteration of the show work, and the show always mines good comedy from the holiday season. That flashbacking film, which combined cast members from the first three movies (e.g., Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen) and those of the newer installments (e.g., McAvoy, Fassbender), raked in $750 million worldwide to become the franchise’s highest-grossing flick ever.

It didn’t help that the show largely avoided most topical elements outside of “Weekend Update,” which feels like another missed opportunity for the show to have something to say about the current cultural and political climate. In a flashback, a younger version of the mutant was shown building pyramids telepathically while his minions, the Four Horsemen, looked on. “He’s believed to be the first mutant, whatever that means,” Isaac says. “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.” Think of him as a god who does gut renovations. That’s why he needs special assistants in this process.” He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a “normal” life in Poland. “He’s fallen in love and he’s basically left his metal ways behind,” Fassbender says.

After this pretaped sketch finished, I had one thought: “I would totally watch Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Bayer star in a remake of Natural Born Killers.” Did this break any comedy ground? Raven knows nothing about Apocalypse, Lawrence says, but “she hears about what happened to Erik and she wants to seek him out and help him.” This instigates a reunion between Raven and Charles, who has seen his school for extraordinary students flourish. “He’s not teaching anybody how to fight at the moment,” McAvoy says. “He’s teaching people how to control their abilities so that they can work at a bank. But it’s a fun sketch that builds off its own internal logic, going from an innocuous party to one in which one couple psychologically dominates everyone, ultimately retreating into a holiday-inspired dreamworld. But of course this movie challenges all of that.” When Apocalypse’s plot to reboot the world is made clear, the stage is set for an epic mutant-vs.-mutant war. “That last battle is going to be pretty insane,” Isaac says. “I mean, it’s like freaking Apocalypse fighting all of the X-Men. As awkward as Gosling sometimes was this week in live sketches, he came alive here as a one-half of a couple who believed in Santa with an intensity mixed of one part violence and one part sexual fervor.

It’s pretty cool.” Singer had his own battle to contend with last year, when the director was accused of sexually abusing an actor named Michael Egan years earlier when Egan was a teen. Singer denied the accusation and Egan’s case eventually fell apart, but the scandal hit just as Past was opening and planning for Apocalypse was in full swing. So to not do it just because of some bulls—, like complete, absolute bulls—, would be absurd.” The studio seemed to think so too. “The idea of anybody else directing Apocalypse didn’t enter our minds,” says producer Hutch Parker. “For all of us that knew Bryan, we were pretty confident that was all going to go away and be exposed for what that has been exposed as being.” Now, though, the X-Men team may be losing one of its biggest stars.

I’m breathing that?’” But she’s at least leaving a crack in the door as she exits. “There is hope,” she says. “I don’t want to not be asked.” In the meantime, it’s best not to ask the filmmakers about her possible departure. They’ve got more pressing matters to deal with. “I just wanna finish this movie and then figure out the next one,” Kinberg says. “But I do think about the next chapters of these stories.

It helped that the sketch portrayed his confusion in a positive rather than negative light: Rather than look down at the world of “East Oz,” as this sketch called it, Gosling’s Scarecrow delighted in the differences. It’s a pretty harmless sketch, but one that allowed Gosling to really cut lose and demonstrated just how far SNL has come in a few short years in terms of diversifying its cast.

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