It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and that means what better time is there for a revisionist version of 80s American history that integrates the growing, frustrating battle for superiority between the mutants that want to protect mankind, and the mutants that want to rule them. Not to be a bummer on this most festive day, but Apocalypse is coming, and by that we mean the title character played by Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse. Did you think you were going to make it though the big game without getting a case of mutant mayhem? Well, you’re wrong! It’s time for War. And Famine, and Pestilence, and Death.
Do you love the 80s? Or the X-Men? Why not both?
First, kudos to the trailer editors for finding an even more wrought version of Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic” to set the trailer to. Secondly, it the trailer gives all the X-Men a chance to shine and show off their powers including Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Angel (Ben Hardy), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and, of course, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), but it’s Olivia Munn as Psylocke that gets the Hero Moment amidst all these heroes. As for Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) getting choked out by giant Apocalypse, is to too late to say “I’m sorry”?
After the great success of X-Men: First Class and the even greater success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, expectations are above average high for Apocalypse, which director Bryan Singer has promised will shake up the X-Men movie universe permanently by the time the credits roll. Maybe it really is the apocalypse, as in the Ancient Greek definition of the word meaning the disclosure of knowledge. We will know how the movie ends when we see it. It’s been a long day…
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters everywhere on May 26th.