20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies have consistently performed well at the box office for the past sixteen years, yet there’s been one consistent complaint from hardcore fans since Bryan Singer’s very first X-Men film debuted back in 2000 – and that is the X-Men’s costumes. Fans of the comic books and cartoons know that even the most modern of X-Men costumes had a lot of color, while the film version have made a point of sticking to more “grounded” designs (like black leather). However, images from Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse have revealed the film may have a different take on mutant garb.
The battle rages on for fans that want the colorful X-Men costumes of the 1990s to make their way to the big screen. Now additional tie-in product images for Apocalypse have given us a look at the new costumes for Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in the upcoming film, but most of them aren’t looking like much of a departure from X-Men movies past.
There was some hope when the Matthew Vaughn directed 2011 film X-Men: First Class featured costumes that were a throwback to the original yellow and black X-Men team costumes from the 1960s comic books. Some fans thought perhaps things would change, but the next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, saw not only the crossover of the actors from the original X-Men and First Class film trilogies, but also a return of darker costumes. The fact that original X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer returned to direct Days of Future Past and the forthcoming Apocalypse sequel also brought his way of thinking when it comes to the costumes the team sports on-screen.
For more on that, check out said new X-Men Apocalypse promotional images (hat tip Heroic Hollywood):
There was some hope that the more colorful costumes would come to pass, based on some early concept artwork for X-Men: Apocalypse, but alas things aren’t looking good based on these new images. There are certainly concepts that are true to the comic books here. Storm’s look especially fits so well with the 1983 punk-style revamp of the character by artist Paul Smith. In the new look Storm sported black leather and a full Mr. T style mohawk. This fantastic nod to the comics, along with all the inclusion of Magneto’s stylishly red costume should satisfy some fans. Plus, Psylocke (Olivia Munn) will boast her trademark purple costume, so there’s that to consider here too.
The fact that Deadpool was able to sport perhaps the most comic book accurate costume ever seen on film very recently, to huge box office success, only goes further to show what the fans have been saying a long time is correct: that Hollywood should stop straying so far from source material. Hugh Jackman, for one, has yet to sport the traditional Wolverine yellow and black, despite a few deleted scene teases. Hopefully, that realization will come to pass while he’s still on board with portraying the character.