Director Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men cinematic universe, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was a huge hit for Twentieth Century Fox. Not only did the comic book movie receive rave reviews (earning a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 4.5 out of 5 stars from us), but it also was a financial success for the studio (a production budget of $200 million that earned more than $748 million worldwide). Given the film’s overwhelmingly positive reception from both fans and critics, it should come as no surprise Singer was eventually confirmed to direct the next movie about the team of mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse.
As the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past’s extended cut (called the”Rogue Cut”) nears, Bryan Singer has been teasing more and more information about his upcoming X-Men film. He’s made casting announcements, offered looks at characters and big scenes, and revealed concept art, but his latest post has fans speculating. In a short video, Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner – who plays the young version of Jean Grey, a powerful telepath in the upcoming movie – is observing the director as he uses a bow and arrow.
Check out the video below:
In the text accompanying Singer’s video, the director says he’s “teaching young Jean Grey what [he] learned in summer camp.” This comes as a surprise to many comic fans because Turner’s character isn’t known for using weapons. While Gambit is known for carrying a bo staff and Wolverine regularly pops out his adamantium claws, Jean Grey carries no melee or ranged weapons. From a young age, Professor X, the X-Men’s mentor, has taught her how to control her formidable mental abilities – which include telepathy and telekinesis – and she’s always utilized them in combat. Learning to use a bow and arrow (not unlike Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games) is a new development for the character.
Young Jean Grey learning to use the projectile weapon doesn’t necessarily mean she’s going to have a bow and several arrows equipped whenever the X-Men face a conflict. First, it’s possible that this could just be part of her training. The need to ignore one’s surroundings and focus solely on a target does apply to her needing to cancel out all of the voices she hears and focus on applying her powers to just one area.
Secondly, Professor X’s school for gifted youngsters serves as a home for the kids. Just like a summer camp, archery could simply be one of the activities available to the students. These may be powerful students learning to master their surreal abilities, but they can also have the time for hobbies. For example, Colossus, the X-Men’s super-strong and durable hero, is also an artist.
Whether it’s using a bow and arrow to help her learn how to concentrate her abilities or simply using the weapon because she thinks it’s fun, one thing is clear: it’s probably going to take much more than an arrow to take down the movie’s big bad, Apocalypse (played by Ex Machina’s Oscar Isaac).
The villain, who is also known as En Sabah Nur, is one of the X-Men’s most powerful foes and it has been confirmed the cinematic version can at least change the molecules in his body, which means it’s probable the enemy will be able to alter his size, strength, and durability. Unless he has a very specific weak point that can be taken advantage of, it’s probably going to take some serious power to defeat this fiend.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015; Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.
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