As per usual, Entertainment Weekly has the first concrete details and images for another upcoming superhero blockbuster, this time the newest Bryan Singer-directed X-Men adventure: X-Men: Apocalypse.
In the above cover, you can see how screen-accurate to 90’s era comics Singer and team are aiming for in regard to Olivia Munn‘s Psylocke, and Oscar Isaac is practically unrecognizable as the title villain.
The latter spoke to his new role in the same report:
“He’s believed to be the first mutant, whatever that means,” says star Oscar Isaac. “He is the creative-slash-destructive force of this earth. When things start to go awry, or when things seem like they’re not moving towards evolution, he destroys those civilizations.”
EW also elaborates a bit on just what Apocalypse is up to in the film and the shape of his Four Horsemen:
As the new film opens, 10 years have passed and Raven (Lawrence), Charles (McAvoy), and Erik (Michael Fassbender) are still estranged, but not for much longer. The Big A awakens from his Egyptian tomb, sizes up the global ’80s vibe, and decides he’s not down with the Reagan era. “It’s a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction,” Singer says. “It’s one giant civilization that now requires one giant culling. That’s why he needs special assistants in this process.” He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel (Ben Hardy) duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke (Olivia Munn) working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a “normal” life in Poland. “He’s fallen in love and he’s basically left his metal ways behind,” Fassbender says. Pretty quickly, though, his world is shattered and “normal” is no longer an option. Says Fassbender, “Apocalypse finds Erik at a low ebb and recruits him.”
An interesting new take on this era of the team, and this might prove to be a good way to keep Fassbender around for another film. Or perhaps not, as I found the leaked footage out of SDCC to be pretty underwhelming (and I thought the same for the Deadpool trailer). Either way, we’ll find out next May.
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