Fox’s corner of the Marvel Universe is getting ready to open up in a big way, starting with the release of R-rated superhero flick Deadpool, solo film spinoff Gambit, and X-Men movie sequel X-Men: Apocalypse – all coming in 2016.
Those films (and their shared universe cousin, the Fantastic Four reboot) were all presented to fans at Comic-Con 2015, where some first-look trailers and artwork officially began to generate the buzz needed to promote these pivotal films in Fox’s slate. X-Men: Apocalypse has been of particular interest, as forthcoming official photos have revealed the titular iconic villain played by Oscar Isaac, as well as new X-Men characters like Olivia Munn’s Psylocke, or the young versions of established characters like Storm (Alexandra Shipp).
Today, however, we have Hi-Res photos that both offer better looks at some scenes and characters we’ve seen before – while providing new looks at some of the young X-Men that will be a major part of Apocalypse‘s story.
First, here’s a look at the team of youngsters that will (finally) become the X-Men team we know from Bryan Singer’s 2000 film. Of course, due to the continuity changes of Days of Future Past, mutants are now public knowledge, meaning that the origin of the full-fledged X-Men team will be different from the one of the original trilogy of films.
Seen below, the young X-Men will consist of the following members (and actors):
- Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops
- Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey
- Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton) as Storm
- Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler
- Lana Condor (newcomer actress) as Jubilee
Aside from coming together as a superhero team, director Bryan Singer has teased how he’s approaching this chance to reestablish characters he first adapted to film – and how, this time, he may stick closer to the source material:
“These are very different characters than they were in the films X-Men 1, 2, and 3. They are at times in their lives when they are at the most opposite of what they would become. That’s a thrill to me, to take characters I crafted so many years ago and flip them completely on their side and show how they evolved and began.”
In ‘X-Men: First Class,’ which I produced and wrote the story for, we hark back to the original colors of the original costumes from the 1963 comics. I will say that in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ there is a chance -without giving anything away- that you may get closer to seeing what… you are interested in seeing. I know it’s something that I’ve been interested in, I just always wanted to do it the right way.”
Fans were pretty jazzed back when an alternate ending to The Wolverine revealed a movie version of Wolverine’s traditional brown-and-yellow comic book costume. That’s all to say: at this point, jokes about “yellow spandex” (as told in the original X-Men movie) aren’t going to be readily appreciated by fans – many of whom now want to see those colorful costumes onscreen.
Finally, here are some reprints of the X-Men: Apocalypse EW photos that were recently released online. They depict new scenes of established characters like Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) teaming up; Magneto looking pretty rough after the events of DoFP; and the familiar Cerebro room with Prof. X (James McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) welcoming the likes of Mystique and Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne) back into the fold.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017,Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.