For everyone who has eagerly awaits to crowd theaters in a week for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (like myself!), we were excited to hear that the first trailer for the next installment in the X-Men film franchise would be one of the first previews we would see before traveling to that galaxy far, far away. It seems that 20th Century Fox decided to unleash the first preview ahead of schedule to match up with the previous two releases for next year’s superhero epics: Warner Bros Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War.
The preview sets the stage for possibly the best X-Men film ever with the younger versions of our favorite mutants being shown as Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Jubilee (Lana Condor) have been found by Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has rejoined her former family in a stronger leadership role as she fights alongside the X-Men, including Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), the returning Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and the other newcomers to face the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) and save humanity.
Apocalypse has his four horsemen by his side with a young Ororo Munroe/Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender). We don’t get a good look at Psylocke’s abilities but Archangel looks like he will be better introduced in this timeline than he was in X-Men: The Last Stand. From the preview, Apocalypse is a mutant that Xavier fears, due to his power and ability to control all mutants. Xavier is also needed by Apocalypse, shown when he was taken when the Horseman invade the mansion. It looks to be an action-packed sequel, taking place in 1983, concluding the trilogy that began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class, and what director Bryan Singer calls the “true birth of the X-Men.” This holds true as the trailer ends with James McAvoy finally embracing the Professor X we all know and love: suit, iconic chair, and bald head.
Only The Strong Will Survive when X-Men: Apocalypse comes out on May 27, 2016.