Director Bryan Singer’s latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, is now playing in select countries around the world and will reach theaters in the U.S. in just over a week (at the time of writing this). Hence, 20th Century Fox is making one final push to promote the comic book-based tentpole before its debut stateside – by unveiling soundtrack album covers befitting the film’s 1980s setting, videos that illustrate just how much bigger this X-Men movie is than Singer’s previous installments in the franchise (even 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past), and clips featuring footage from the actual movie in addition to material designed for viral marketing purposes.
Speaking of viral clips – Fox has now released another such promo, this time in the form of a 1980s-style commercial (complete with projector-quality scratchiness) for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, as headed by Professor X himself (James McAvoy) in X-Men: Apocalypse. The clip, which you can watch above, includes an appearance from Apocalypse costar Lana Condor as Jubilation “Jubilee” Lee, as she extolls the values of Xavier’s school for kids and teens who possess unusual “gifts” (read: are mutants). You may also notice that there’s a certain familiar voice that speaks near the very end of the clip, too…
EW has also debuted new X-Men: Apocalypse-themed magazine covers, featuring the film’s heroes – a roster than includes the young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and more – as well as the not-so-noble mutants who are part of the movie; including, of course, Apocalypse himself (Oscar Isaac) and his Four Horsemen, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Archangel (Ben Hardy) and good ol’ trouble-maker Magneto (Michael Fassbender). You can check those EW covers out, below.
Singer, when interviewed by EW, re-iterated what has been well-established by this point – namely, that although Apocalypse is designed to serve as a conclusion to the trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class and continued with Days of Future Past, it’s far from the end for the larger X-Men movie franchise:
“It’s kind of a conclusion of six films — X-Men 1, 2, 3, as well as First Class and Days of Future Past — and yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. Even my father, who’s 85, called me and said, ‘Is this the last one?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not going to be the last X-Men, I can promise you that, Dad.’ But it does have a kind of conclusive aspect to it.”
Indeed, among the X-Men films that are currently confirmed to be in development are Wolverine 3, Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the eponymous mutant (which is now in production); New Mutants, an X-Men series continuation/spinoff that would feature McAvoy’s Professor X in its current form; and X-Force, another X-Men spinoff that could bring together characters from the central X-Men series installments with characters from upcoming standalone films like Gambit.
For related reasons, Apocalypse cast members like McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence (who reprises as Mystique in Apocalypse) are keeping the door open for additional X-Men movie appearances – with Lawrence having told EW that “I would love to come back” to the film series down the line, before she admitted that the matter is more complicated than her initial remark might suggest:
“You realize how important your year is, like how important three months out of your year is. I don’t know. [Pause] I shouldn’t be that honest.”
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in 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 (possibly The New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.
Source: 20th Century Fox, EW