For fans of Marvel's team of mutant crimefighters, the arrival of Apocalypse into the X-Men universe is an occasion to celebrate. It's for that reason that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse introduced the villain with a chillingly calm attitude (much like Apocalypse a.k.a. En Sabah Nur himself). But where the first trailer had the task of bringing the uninitiated up to speed on 'The First Mutant' and his ruthless Horsemen, the follow-up instead focuses on a bigger problem: the massive death toll and scale of destruction planned.
At least, the amount of potential death and destruction, since the first trailer showed a similar apocalypse in the mind of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). But make no mistake: this footage emphasizes the same determination and world-ending powers of the villain that the cast and crew did when we visited the set. Nuclear missiles, slaughter of innocents, a showdown with the younger generation of X-Men, heroic turns for even fence-sitting mutants, and what looks like a very bad time for Charles Xavier's many students.
Check out the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer above - followed by our video news breakdown below:
The first marketing for Apocalypse promised a war, but this second trailer shows that even if it's the villain who starts hostilities, the X-Men are happy to oblige (with a surprising figure leading the charge). Since our previous set visit reports detailed Apocalypse's new origin story, each of the Four Horsemen's powers, and the formation of the core X-Men team that has been promised by director Bryan Singer, the trailer skips over most of these subplots. It's not hard to see why, since the war itself looks to be one for the fate of the planet as a whole.
In Apocalypse's mind, the theory that "only the strong survive" seems to be quite literal - as in, he plans to unleash a worldwide disaster that hardly anyone could live through. The footage of missiles taking to the skies, and entire cities being reduced to rubble seems to imply that the mutant heroes won't be able to stop his plan from beginning. But the powers needed to make it happen offer even more compelling teases of just how Charles (James McAvoy) will cross paths with Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).
In between shots of the end of the world, fans do get glimpses of Mystique in her natural blue form (previous footage has mainly shown actress Jennifer Lawrence without paint or prosthetics), a short look at how sharp Psylocke's (Olivia Munn) psychic sword really is, and further proof that the Xavier School will be left a a smoking crater in the course of the story (thankfully rebuilt by the time Deadpool rolls around... if it's even the same timeline).
Stay tuned for our full analysis and thorough breakdown of what the trailer reveals, but for now, let us know what you think about the war on the way, and whether the X-Men really will be able to save the billions at risk - including their soon-to-be-bald professor.
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.