Last week Empire Magazine revealed a set of collectible covers for their May 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse issue which fit together to form one massive collage featuring new and returning mutants battling a super-sized Apocalypse as the issue hit newstands. But subscribers get something else, a standalone cover image focusing on the titular villain and his Four Horsemen.
That cover was just revealed, featuring Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) - "four followers imbued with power" - backing up Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) as they walk away from a Hollywood explosion within the X-Mansion.
Fans may find the imagery familiar since in the first X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer there's a scene when Professor X (James McAvoy), Havok (Lucas Till), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) exit Cerebro only to see these five antagonists waiting for them. And we presume, destruction ensues:
And for comparison, here are the other nine covers collected together to see all the lead characters in action:
While the other nine covers are all written with the foreboding words "the end is nigh!" no words are necessary here. Apocalypse is wrecking shop and from what we've seen in the newer X-Men: Apocalypse trailers, the mansion and home of Professor Xavier and his students seemingly gets destroyed, forcing fan-favorite Quicksilver to quickly save the day by rescuing everybody inside. We learned more about this epic sequence when visiting the Montreal set of X-Men: Apocalypse last summer so listen to our in-depth discussion on that and the film's final trailer here.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
X-Men: Apocalypse will see theatrical release in the U.S. 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.