Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be the concluding installment in the X-Men prequel series launched by X-Men: First Class and continued in X-Men: Days of Future Past. While Days of Future Past brought the timeline of the series in line with that of the previous X-Men trilogy of the early '00s - by rewriting the continuity entirely - Apocalypse will introduce younger versions of many heroes from the previous X-Men team.
The film will continue the story of Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor X (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) - this time adding the world's oldest mutant En Sabah Nur a.k.a. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) to the mix. While a previous poster for X-Men: Apocalypse focused on the titular villain and his Four Horsemen, the newest poster shines a light on Professor X and his team.
The poster, released by 20th Century Fox, features a bald McAvoy as Professor X reuniting with previous allies Raven Darkhölme a.k.a. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Hank McCoy a.k.a. Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Peter Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver (Evan Peters). Joining the returning mutants are the younger versions of Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and Kurt Wagner a.k.a. Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The mutants unite under the caption "Defend," pitting them as the force that will battle Apocalypse's team.
You can check out the new poster for X-Men: Apocalypse below:
There is sure to be excitement among X-Men fans at seeing this new generation of the team - featuring the franchise's first bald Charles Xavier since X-Men: The Last Stand and new versions of some of the most iconic X-Men characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops. Certainly, they'll prove to put up a fight against Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen, who appeared on their poster along with the caption "Destroy."
But, while Nightcrawler and Beast both appear in their mutant form (despite Hank being seen in his human state in the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse), Mystique notably isn't - and Mystique also didn't appear in her blue form within the first trailer. Previously, Lawrence stated she will be in the blue Mystique form "a little bit," but it appears that won't include certain promotional materials such as this poster.
Still, though Mystique may not appear in her blue mutant form too much within X-Men: Apocalypse, the film will have plenty else going on between Apocalypse, his horsemen, and introducing the new iterations of mutants on Professor X's team. If this new poster is anything to go by, they will be just as integral to defending the world as Mystique, Quicksilver, and Beast.
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.
Source: 20th Century Fox