In the latest instalment of the X-Men film series, X-Men: Apocalypse will be bursting onto the big screen in May 2016. Bringing together all our favourite characters from both the original trilogy and the ‘first class’ gang, Apocalypse features Oscar Isaac as the eponymous villain who is intent on destroying the world to ‘build a better one’ from its ashes… Who needs a villain with an original motive when pure, unadulterated destruction is on the table?
In the meantime, however, we’ve got several trailers and leaked ‘hints’ to dissect to our hearts’ content. Bryan Singer is back as director after the raging success of Days of Future Past and he’s packed in a cast more star-studded than Love Actually. The plot centres around the rise of the very first mutant, Apocalypse, as he finds four mutants with exceptional powers to brainwash into becoming his infamous ‘Four Horsemen’. The Four Horsemen have been confirmed as Storm, Psylocke, Angel, and Magneto, forcing Charles Xavier to once again go head to head with his ex-bff.
The only issue I have with this storyline is that I was under the impression mutants were the next stage in human evolution- you know, ‘homo-superior’ and all that. If Apocalypse has been flexing his superpowers since the creation of the Ancient Egyptian pyramids, then the pseudo-scientific thread by which the X-Men franchise was clinging onto well and truly crumbles. However, if audiences were able to swallow the total re-write of X-Men history that was Days of Future Past (I think we’ve all collectively agreed to pretend that Last Stand never happened), then the suggestion that there is a mega-mutant at the root of all our religious myths (‘maybe the Bible got it from him’) is no less delightfully ridiculous. Besides, if I can get over the tragedy of Oscaar Isaac’s face being hidden behind all that monstrous make up then I can get over my time-travelling, mind-reading, fur-growing superheroes being just a tad scientifically inaccurate…
X-Men: Apocalypse looks set to live up to the quality blockbusters we’ve come to expect from the Marvel Franchise and if you’re a Marvel nerd (check) or one of Oscar Isaac’s new legion of fangirls (also check) then you will probably be marking off the days until May in big red marker pen because WHO CAN WAIT FIVE MONTHS? Certainly not me.
Images sourced from X-Men: Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox/Marvel.