Release Date: May 27, 2016
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.
Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Most people are glad that Bryan Singer is bringing the 70s gang of mutants back again, me included. While not quite an origin story, it’s interesting to see the character development in these earlier years. Especially now that X-Men: Days of Future Past canceled out what occurred in X-Men: The Last Stand, there’s room for expansion and divergence.
Since Fox has the rights to X-Men for now, this is the best dose we can get of it if they aren’t going to be included in the Marvel realm of films. Not to mention, much like Lee Pace as Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy, Oscar Issac is unrecognizable as Apocalypse, but already commanding the screen. Must be that deep voice alteration. And finally the mystery is solved, for those who haven’t read the comics, we find out what makes Professor X go bald. Spoilers: Could it be evil?