I hate to say this, but the X-Men series that began in 2000 did a job too good of marketing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine as the ultimate central character to a blockbuster superhero franchise that has survived relatively well throughout this generation. While the franchise’s 2011 reboot X-Men: First Class rendered the actor to a mere cameo, it seemed like a good breakaway from its predecessor. But then, X-Men: Days of Future Past happened, and wrecked everything that we knew of the first set of films.
And it’s probably because they now prefer Jennifer Lawrence as the new central character. Billed as the top lead character, alongside James McAvoy as a young Professor X and Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, Lawrence’s character Mystique (who was a mere, obliging sidekick to Magneto in the first films) seems to have taken over as the only character who seems to know what she is doing, while Professor X and Magneto seem to have lost control of virtually everything.
The result? The newly released official trailer for X:Men: Apocalypse seems a little disorienting. For one, there seems to be some kind of higher mutant power involved – one that is so powerful that Professor X has finally lost all his hair after two full-length films of a very healthy head of wavy brown locks. Secondly, Mystique now seems to be the one who says a lot of things that make sense – and she’s back to her human-looking self instead of the scaly, blue, naked being she so proudly embraced in the last two movies (kaching! Because we all know that Lawrence brings in the numbers at the box office, which a shirtless Hugh Jackman is no match for). Thirdly, a whole new cast of our favourite characters: Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner as Jean Grey; Tye Sheridan as Cyclops; and Alexandra Shipp as Storm, to name a few.
Like any X-Men movie however, do expect the same amount – if not, more – of epic destruction and CGI-infused powers that these mutants will unleash. The commercial sell-out of this film is undeniable, but it does spark our curiosity as to how the original group of X-Men formed in the first place. But with all the massive, otherworldly obstacles in their way, one thing’s for sure: these group of mutants will never, ever catch a break. Watch the trailer below:
X-Men:Apocalypse comes out in the US on 27 May 2016.
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