Christmas has came early for nerds everywhere. While Father Christmas is only a fortnight away, we’ve already had the Civil War trailer, a proper glimpse of the Batman vs Superman film, more hype for The Force Awakens and now? A trailer for the follow up to one of the best comic book movies ever.
The X-Men prequels/reboots/(I’m not sure any more after the events of Days Of Future Past) have definitely made up for the slip up that was The Last Stand all those years ago in the original trilogy. Even before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing, Fox struck gold with Bryan Singer’s blockbuster tales of super mutant teams (no, not the Fallout variety) facing the government, other foes and, most importantly, one another.
“You are all my children and you are lost because you follow blind leaders.”
The name in the title if you hadn’t guessed refers to Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s greatest foes who has been mentioned in other media (like the Legends video games on the Xbox) but in the films he’s only had one brief mention in the after credits of DOFP. In an age where most trailers drip feed us info, this new one tells us a surprising amount: his motives, what he’s capable of, how the X-Men team dynamic will change, etc. With most big screen adaptions of Marvel villains being mediocre at best, it’s exciting to see what could be our first proper, memorable threatening villain since Loki. The X-Men team dynamic I pointed out? Not only did we get to see the likes of Cyclops hit out with his full power optic beams, oh how I’ve missed them, and the other horsemen of the apocalypse but we also saw in the trailer how our titular villain is able to control and manipulate the characters. With they’re already being a blurred line dividing between the two sides, it’ll be a treat to see how it all falls down.
The past two X-Men movies have been not only some of the finest comic book movies ever but some of the best action movies of the past decade. While the third movie in a superhero trilogy tends to turn out quite underwhelming (Spiderman 3 I’m looking at you), from what we’ve seen 2016 couldn’t feel as far away as it does now: bring on the calamity.
Also can we briefly talk about that final trailer scene with James McAvoy donning a baldy? I NEED THIS MOVIE NOW.
Big love, Liam x