First Trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse

I’ve mentioned this before, but after the first two X-Men movies produced by Fox, the next four movies made me lose faith in the franchise, and then Days of Future Past came along and gave me new hope for it, a hope which has continued with the trailers for Deadpool.

So now we have been given the first trailer for the much anticipated, much talked-about, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Let’s see what we got here…

Cataclysmic visions, a staple for these kinds of stories…

Jean played by Sansa… er, I mean, Sophie Turner. (heh, every time you turn around, another Game of Thrones star…)

Charles Xavier trying to comfort her…

Hmmm, that’s a haunting melody, isn’t it?

Apocalypse himself, En Sabah Nur… that’s a much quieter voice than I was expecting. It feels like the hissing of a snake as it slithers around your ankles. I can always appreciate good voice work.

Who are these people he’s talking to, as he claims credit for being the figure behind several ancient deities which he doesn’t remotely resemble?

The CIA is involved now, and sharing info with our more peaceful mutant leaders. They must know they need help dealing with this enigmatic “first mutant.” (Apocalypse, of course)

Secret societies worshiping mutants instead of exterminating them? …I honestly cannot think of one instance of that actually happening in the comics, but that could just be a matter of exposure, or lack of such.

Apocalypse apparently thinks of himself as a god, and venomously disparaging of “blind leaders,” which, I am going to assume, means “people who do not do as I would.”

What’s Nightcrawler doing in this story?

Hey, Jubilee! Yay! πŸ™‚

Introducing the Four Horsemen, including Angel (good, canonical), Magneto (I can see how they could make that work in theory, but Magneto has usually been Apocalypse’s enemy, as I recall), someone I do not recognize off the bat, and… Storm? Well, there’s a surprise! I’m guessing there’s some mental juju going on here.

Charles is apparently feeling intimidated by the godlike mutant who invades his school, his sanctum, with his powerful minions.

The blonde, unless I miss my guess, was Mystique, right? I’m terrible with names and faces, and it’s been at least a year since I last saw either First Class or Days of Future Past, but I think that was her, yes. She’s apparently working with the X-Men this time, as a figure of some semi-authority among the younger mutants. She has a point, being at war, and without their real leader, they may have to stop trying to control their powers and focus on fighting for their lives.

Apocalypse goes gigantic! Whoo! I don’t know if that’ll just be some telepathic mind-play, but it’s cool either way! πŸ™‚

Quicksilver is back!

Apocalypse intending to remake the world in his own image, as the Horsemen display their powers.

That image of him among all those shadows of people… is he actually inside Cerebro?!

Major explosions, much damage and danger…

Charles being overpowered while his wearing his Cerebro helmet… not just anyone can do that.

…and he becomes bald now.

Okay, so obviously there is still no continuity between these films whatsoever. What else is new? It’s good and bad at the same time. Is Fox finally just giving up on that, leaving the cinematic universe competition up to others? Are they bowing out of the MCU Copycatting rage? I really hope so, because there is no way all these films can coherently exist within the same continuity, not ever.

While this trailer doesn’t necessarily excite me, it does intrigue me. It promises a great deal while spoiling relatively little. I’ll probably give this one a whirl. πŸ™‚

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16 Responses to First Trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse

  1. why do you say there is no continuity? And yes, the blond (Jennifer Lawrence) is Mystique

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    • Also, the 4 horsemen: Angel, Psylocke, Magneto and Storm. Nightcrawler is there because he’s a part of the first batch of students in the mansion…

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    • Merlin says:

      Oh, where to begin? Detailing all of that is, like, a post unto itself. The short, non-specific version is, they just don’t run together very well. For a simple example, we see, in this trailer, Charles finally loses his hair, but that had already happened by the time he recruited/rescued Cyclops in the first Wolverine movie. Which, as it happens, also had him standing up AND using his telepathy at the same time, which First Class and Days of Future Past both established as being unfeasible. I know DoFP wiped out many of the events of “future” movies, but for Wolverine to get his adamantium skeleton, some things have to be left untouched, ya know? Not to mention, Beast was not fifty or sixty (or Beastly) when he made a cameo appearance in the first X-Men movie, which, if he was running around as a twenty-something Beast way back in the early 1960’s, before the time travel could change things, then by the time they got to Y2K… yeah, continuity error, that. There’s more, but, as I said, that’s a post unto itself, heh. πŸ˜‰

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      • I think it’s pretty established by now that we should just ignore the first Wolverine Movie. About all the other stuff, yeah, some of it won’t fit in, but we have to ignore the events of the first trilogy now and see them as separate entities, because DoFP changed things. My main concern is that it fits in well with the present trilogy, everything else I can overlook

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      • Merlin says:

        Eh, I tend to be a bit more rigid in terms of continuity, which is why I’m throwing that whole thing straight out the window as far as X-Men is concerned. If I think about it, the only thing I’ll accomplish is driving myself batty. πŸ˜‰

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      • totally! I think Wolverine is easy to ignore, or maybe is just me, because I totally hated that first movie… I had a lot of problems with the initial trilogy, mainly with Rogue, so I’m kind of glad to see all that erased

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      • Merlin says:

        Really? I liked the first X-Men movie, and I REALLY liked X2… the rest of them until DoFP left MUCH to be desired. I can see what you mean about Rogue, though, as first she was a damsel in distress, then her contributions, while important, were minimal, and then Last Stand really did not do justice to her character, but, then again, that one didn’t really do justice to anyone, ya know?

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      • oh, I liked the trilogy, I just has a problem with Rogue specifically. Rogue was always one of my favorite characters in the comics and on the animated series, and she was always snarky and confident, even if just from the outside. The movies, making her so young, took the beauty of Rogue just out of her. And I hated that casting – nothing against Anna Paquin, but she not Rogue. Also, the movies focused too much on Wolverine… I know he’s about as important as they come, but Wolverine is not my favorite X-Men, not did I ever saw him as that important as they played him… the movies put Wolverine front and central and everyone else rotating around him, and I didn’t like that part… =/

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      • Merlin says:

        Agreed, for the most part. The Wolverine Spotlight made the most sense in X2, as they were dealing with the man behind his metal skeleton, but it should not have permeated so much of so many movies.

        Hmmm, it occurs to me, that’s another advantage of the Avengers, with their rotating cast: the spotlight moves from person to person.

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      • that’s true πŸ˜‰

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  2. masterleiaofasgard says:

    Reblogged this on Excelsior! and commented:
    The trailer is amazing! I SO can’t wait for Apocalypse to come out.
    *tsk tsk* Charles, THAT’s why you should have gotten a plastic wheelchair.
    Personally the Bible references were slightly unnerving (So the Four Horsemen were mutants now? Come on! 😐 ) but apart from that the trailer was SERIOUSLY EPIC!

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  3. As trailers go, it was fine, I’m just having a hard time caring about it to be honest. Sure, it’s Apocalypse, but if we take the end of DOFP as a fixed point in time, then the world doesn’t end, and most of my favourite characters appear to be alive, so…yeah. Just doesn’t feel as high stakes as it should be, you know :/?

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    • Merlin says:

      That’s a very good point. It can be very hard to get excited when you know everything has to turn out right in the end. Still, I find myself enjoying Agent Carter very much anyway, despite how most of the MCU takes place afterwards, so there seems to be a right way to handle it, to keep your audience excited and intrigued, ya know?

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      • Yes, precisely! Hmm, well to be honest I haven’t seen much of Agent Carter at all – as I understand it though, it’s Peggy post-WW2 as she sets up SHIELD, right? Arguably, not every is fine and dandy, since we see in Winter Soldier that a large number of SHIELD agents were turned over the course of its lifetime, so there’s potential for Peggy to have ultimately hollow victories, and that kind of negates the lack of suspense due to the fact that we do know that ultimately the world survives.

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      • Merlin says:

        Oh, I highly recommend watching it! Thus far, it’s more about the adventures she has before Shield’s founding. I promise, the tension is very much there! You know the world in general keeps turning, and you know Peggy lives, but you don’t know who she loses along the way. It makes for a riveting, sometimes heart-breaking, experience. πŸ™‚

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