With just a little over six months to go until the ninth and latest installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters, anticipation levels are understandably high. Fans haven’t had an X-Men release since the success of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past - and although May 2014 wasn’t that long ago, the knowledge of the forthcoming sequel coupled with a general lack of substantial imagery has only heightened interest in the film.
The first Apocalypse trailer is due to reach theaters with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and director Brian Singer has indicated that it could provide substantial information about the character arcs and storylines coming to an end in Apocalypse. However, at present time there is no confirmation that the trailer will be any different from the San Diego Comic-Con Apocalypse teaser - in essence, the same one that was shown at an Italian film convention recently.
Despite the general lack of guaranteed information on the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, what we do currently have is a shot of a new promotional banner from the movie, featuring a solitary image of franchise newcomer Ben Hardy as Archangel. Take a look below and see what you think of the banner pic (hat tip to CBM):
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The above photo was taken at The Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the image is that of Archangel with his wings fully on display - unlike the previously-released concept art, which didn't show the full expanse of his wingspan. There's not much in the way of new insight to be gleaned here, but the general lack of footage or excess promotional material for Apocalypse is fine at this stage - seeings how the status quo will no doubt change, the closer we move to the movie's actual release day in 2016.
In addition to the above Apocalypse banner, we now have confirmation (via Alberta Film Ratings) that the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer will be rated PG and will have a running time of two minutes and twenty-four seconds. It’s hardly surprising that the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer would receive a PG rating; both X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past were PG-13 and the same will no doubt hold for Apocalypse (though, the upcoming X-Men film Deadpool will buck that trend with an R Rating). This does further confirm that Apocalypse's teaser is right around the corner, though.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.