The X-Men film franchise has now been around for 16 years, starting with the three original movies then shifting back in time to the team’s origins with X-Men: First Class. After Bryan Singer debuted his movie, fans were excited to see Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and more on the big screen at last.
X-Men: First Class introduced Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Emma Frost and Beast, while focusing on the origin of the X-Men and their villainous counterpart, the Brotherhood of Mutants. X-Men: Days of Future Past then continued their story by definitively linking the past trilogy with the new series and including past and present actors playing the same characters. Now with X-Men: Apocalypse it’ll all come full circle as past versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm will finally join the team.
After all these years, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast and Angel (the true original X-Men team from the comics, minus Iceman) will finally be together. Even more exciting, it seems they’ll also be donning their original outfits. In a new international TV spot, you can catch Cyclops wearing his classic 1990s blue and yellow suit, alongside Storm, Quicksilver, Mystique and the rest.
Some new featurettes also return the focus to the impressive X-Mansion. Many will remember how in the second film, X2, Colonel William Stryker attacked the X-Mansion in an exciting, action-packed sequence. These new promos show off a fully functioning mutant school back in its glory days. A video tour of the grounds reveals not only the living quarters and classrooms, but even an underground R&D lab and a private underground jet hanger.
While the second featurette gets back to reality with a behind the scenes look of just how the X-Mansion was created for the film. The set is two times larger than in previous movies and completely built from scratch. Inside and out, the new home of the X-Men wowed even the cast and crew upon completion.
With X-Men: Apocalypse probably being the last film in this particular storyline (though spinoffs like The New Mutants are in development), 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to make this one bigger and better than ever. When the X-Men film series started, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe didn’t even exist, and now there’s multiple superhero movies every year. Hopefully X-Men: Apocalypse will be one to remember.
X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017 and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.