Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has largely finished its theatrical run at this point, while Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters around the world – which means that in a few weeks, it’s gong to be the X-Men’s turn to dominate the superhero movie conversation. X-Men, X2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer is also calling the shots on the next installment in the mutant superhero movie film franchise, titled X-Men: Apocalypse: the concluding chapter to the X-Men: First Class trilogy, as well as the launchpad for the upcoming X-Men sequels/spinoffs such as writer/director Josh Boone’s New Mutants comic book movie.
20th Century Fox plans to lift the review embargo for Apocalypse on May 9th. That is more than two and a half weeks before the X-Men film opens in theaters, which suggests that the studio is feeling confident about the film – which, like Days of Future Past, was scripted by Simon Kinberg – and wants to keep building positive buzz, on top of the studio’s recently ramped-up marketing push for the movie. We’ve now rounded up the latest batch of Apocalypse-related marketing material released by Fox; including, a fresh TV spot (watch it above), an IMAX poster, TV spots for all Four Horsemen, and a partly-edited clip from the film.
The Four Horsemen, as a reminder, are the four mutants whom are recruited to serve the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac): the ancient and extremely powerful mutant whose personal mission is to “build a better world” when he wakes up from centuries of slumber in the 1980s (specifically, the version that exists in the First Class/Days of Future Past timeline). Michael Fassbender’s Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto is one of the Four Horsemen, while the remaining three are composed of Warren Worthington III/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Betsy Braddock/Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Ororo Munroe/ Storm (Alexandra Shipp).
Young Storm and Psylocke, in particular, are among the most intriguing X-Men film series newcomers featured in Apocalypse, not least of all because they could also conceivably appear in such upcoming movies as New Mutants and a potential X-Force film, respectively. TV spots for each of the Four Horsemen in X-Men: Apocalypse have now been unveiled online by Fox – and they include previously-unreleased footage of the four characters in action. You can check them out, below:
X-Men: Apocalypse will also introduce the younger versions of such key X-Men team members as Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), both of whom may appear in one or more future X-Men movies too – including, that mysterious X-Men film that has been scheduled for theatrical release in 2018 for some time now.
However, it’s not so clear yet what the odds are that upcoming X-Men movies will include appearances from other young mutants featured in Apocalypse, such as Jubilation Lee/Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Kodi-Smith McPhee). Nightcrawler, if nothing else, looks to play a meaningful supporting role in Apocalypse, as he joins forces with Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his X-Men in their greater battle to save the world. Fox has released a clip from X-Men: Apocalypse that indicates Nightcrawler’s first scene in the film revolves around a cage fight between himself and Angel (prior to the latter’s transformation into Archangel by Apocalypse’s – and maybe Magneto’s – hands) – one which is interrupted by Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), boasting a decidedly ’80s-style look here.
We know from the previously-released Apocalypse trailers that Raven shall eventually work along with Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) to lead the young X-Men like Nightcrawler into battle against Apocalypse and his forces. However, the “cage fight” sequence appears to take place earlier in the movie, when Raven is more focused on simply helping mutants who are being exploited and/or abused by non-mutant humans. You can watch that X-Men: Apocalypse clip below, followed by the new IMAX poster for the film (which debuted exclusively on Yahoo! Movies):
X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Source: 20th Century Fox, Yahoo! Movies