One result from San Diego Comic-Con was the leakage of the trailer for the “X-Men: Apocalypse” slated to drop next year. With Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), the story will take place in the 1980’s and act as more of a direct prequel to the original 2000 “X-Men” film. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are set to return as Professor Xavier, Magneto and Mystique respectively. The title villain, Apocalypse (teased at the ending credits scene of last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past“), makes his appearance during this time and mirrors his debut within the comics (he first appeared in 1986, yall). Psylocke makes her proper on-screen debut with a portrayal from Olivia Munn. Oscar Isaac, who made an impressive turn in 2014’s “A Most Violent Year”, will portray Apocalypse.
From the looks of the trailer and the promotional photos, Bryan Singer seems to be paying a certain level of homage to the X-Men of the 1980’s. Storm is sporting a mohawk and Magneto’s been reduced to a pacifist. From the looks of things, they may show Apocalypse’s role in Warren Worthington’s transformation into Archangel. The character seems to have gathered some of the X-Men as his Four Horsemen as a counter to Xavier’s team. Also, since his power is basically advanced form of shape-shifting, how will that translate on the big screen and how will it be comparable to an already-established shape-shifter like Mystique. He doesn’t look mechanical as he does in the book and looks more like an Egyptian pharaoh from 1994’s “Stargate”. Despite my feelings on the film franchise thus far, hopefully this will be the one that actually “wows” me.
Sy L. Shackleford is a jack-of-all-trades columnist for Action A Go Go. A University of Connecticut graduate with a degree in both psychology and communication sciences, he is a walking encyclopedic repository for all things Marvel Comics, movies, hip-hop, et. al. You can follow him on Twitter @shack_house83.
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