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Sean Erickson

Do you love the 80s? Well, it definitely looks like X-Men Apocalypse is going to be sending us all back to the days of neon colors, big hair and Michael Jackson's fashion sense with a vengence. The first pics from the set of the Montreal shoot are starting to surface and they are screaming the 80s in a way that makes the last two X-Men movies seem pretty subtle - but then again, the 80s was pretty much the least subtle decade in the history of mankind. So, actually, these are some pretty promising early looks at X-Men Apocalypse.

Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men Apocalypse
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men Apocalypse

An X-Men Movie For the Ages

Hot on the heels of a more official look at Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler, we've seen multiple pictures of Smit-McPhee in a very Michael Jackson Thriller looking jacket as well as a look at the very 80s character (even though she was introduced in 1989) of Jubilee and both show that the costume design for X-Men Apocalypse is pretty spot on.

You can also see Sophie Turner's Jean Grey in the photos and Tye Sheridan's Cyclops up there as well. The Montreal shoot is starting out at a shopping mall which has been completely renovated, or, perhaps retro-renovated, into looking like it never left 1983. Complete with a marquee for a screening of Return of the Jedi at the mall's movie theater. Director Bryan Singer also decided to recreate his favorite Jersey video game arcade Space Port for some extra detail and maybe even a touch of realism in the mall.

I must say, I'm really glad that X-Men Apocalypse went with the normal pink sunglasses for Jubilee rather than those Back to the Future 2 type sunglasses the character has been saddled with in the comic books. But the attention to detail for the rest of the character's look is absolutely, impressively spot on. And the "Bring on the Night" shirt is a clever and nice touch - a shout-out to the band The Police that were at the height of their powers in 1983. From these early sneak peeks, it looks like X-Men Apocalypse has 1983 down pat - everything that is being officially and unofficially released is getting a solid 8.5 rating here.

X-Men Apocalypse Concept Art Continues!

But that's not all! That first picture of Nightcrawler was a tease for the new issue of Empire magazine and it contained a couple of other really interesting pieces of concept art for X-Men Apocalypse. Two pieces in particular are new and look like they might even be related if you put them up against some of the things we now about the character of Apocalypse and the importance of a certain Celestial spaceship in the character's history.

Concept art for X-Men Apocalypse and the Celestial ship.
Concept art for X-Men Apocalypse and the Celestial ship.

We've already seen one big hint that Apocalypse's Celestial spaceship will play a role in X-Men Apocalypse - and this additional tease from the concept art featured in the recent issue of Empire all but seals the deal. The craft is essentially what gave the ancient Egyptian En Sabah Nur his mutant powers as it was brought to Earth eons ago to collect data for the Celestials and when En Sabah Nur discovered and entered the ship, he emerged with the powers and the identity of Apocalypse.

Concept art for X-Men Apocalypse.
Concept art for X-Men Apocalypse.

This second big piece of X-Men Apocalypse concept art could be the discovery of the ancient ship underneath a pyramid. The vehicle becomes something of a mobile headquarters for Apocalypse in the comic books until the X-Men are able to get their hands on it and, with the help of the A.I. operating system - simply called Ship, they are able to finally discover more about Apocalypse and it becomes a crucial part of their plan to defeat the power-mad mutant. It could be that the spaceship never leaves it's original location after Apocalypse uses it to transform himself and the X-Men are the ones discovering it... It will be interesting to see which direction the movie decides to go.

Is Apocalypse Really the End of the X-Men?

The other big piece of recent X-Men Apocalypse news is something that many people were already assuming - that Bryan Singer will be finishing his run with the X-Men franchise after wrapping this movie. Of course, there will be the third Wolverine movie - which is essentially deepening the legacy of what Bryan Singer started. Hugh Jackman has already confirmed that this would be his last time unleashing the adamantium claws, but now respected scoop generator El Mayimbe is revealing that he received conformation that Bryan Singer will indeed be exiting the franchise after X-Men Apocalypse.

What does this mean for the future of the X-Men? It would seem this is very much up in the air with Fox deciding to focus on solo mutant related stories in 2016 with Deadpool and Gambit. It will also depend on what kind of state X-Men Apocalypse leaves the mutant universe in when the credits roll. The past two movies have done a lot of retconning and revisionism when it comes to the characters that he introduced in the first X-Men movie. And from what we see happening to characters like Nightcrawler and Angel - he isn't done with this new vision quite yet.

The answer to what the question of what the studio has planned for the X-Men will probably arrive when they reveal what their plans are with their July 13, 2018 placeholder. There is a mystery Fox superhero movie currently residing on this date and it's likely going to be a big deal - if only because this movie is currently sandwiched in the week between Black Panther and Spider-Man movies. It's going to take something like the reboot of the X-Men to stand up against these guys.

What do you think? Is [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) on the right track? Will this be an epic finale to the X-Men franchise as we know it? Let us know what you think Fox should do with our favorite mutants in the comment section below!


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