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As part of their cover story on [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267), Entertainment Weekly has already given us major insights into the formidable villain and new recruit Psylocke. Now, the magazine is offering a closer look at the young mutants who are both familiar and completely reimagined!

Here's how the new class stacks up against their older counterparts, and trust me, there are some major shifts that could make Apocalypse the best X-Men movie of the franchise.

Storm - Alexandra Shipp

Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield
Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield

Previously played by: Halle Berry

How she's different: Ororo Munroe will be discovered by Apocalypse in Cairo, probably while she's living off the streets as a thief. This fact points to an edgier, darker Storm than we're used to seeing on screen, who had been more likely to lead the X-Men than defy them. Additionally, the young Storm still hasn't learned to fully control her power over the elements, so Apocalypse may be something of an origin story for her.

Cyclops - Tye Sheridan

Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield
Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield

Previously played by: James Marsden

How he's different: Scott Summers has upgraded his sunglasses to Wayfarers, for starters. Tye Sheridan's Cyclops will also be the "bad boy" at the school for mutants, a departure from his boy scout persona that clashed with Wolverine in the rest of the franchise. No surprise here, though: he will strike up a romance with Jean Grey.

Jean Grey - Sophie Turner

Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield
Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield

Previously played by: Famke Janssen

How she's different: We've probably seen the most of Jean Grey's backstory in the earlier movies, so Sophie Turner's Jean seems to be the closest to the young character we already know. She will be frightened of her phenomenally powerful telepathic abilities, and she'll strike up a devoted relationship with Professor Charles Xavier. In return, he'll view Jean as one of his most valued students.

Nightcrawler - Kodi Smit-McPhee

Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield
Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield

Previously played by: Alan Cumming

How he's different: In X-Men: Apocalypse, it seems like we'll get many of the details that make Nightcrawler such a fan favorite. He'll be rescued by Raven, so we will finally get an interaction between him and Mystique (hopefully some tip of the hat to her being his mother, too). Kurt Wagner will also be a source of comic relief, a portrayal that's a bit closer to the Nightcrawler I loved from the comics and significantly more upbeat than the pious teleporter from X2.

Jubilee - Lana Condor

Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield
Entertainment Weekly/Alan Markfield

Previously played by: Katrina Florece (X-Men), Kea Wong (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand)

How she's different: Jubilation Lee really got the shaft in the earlier X-Men movies, relegated to thankless cameo appearances and minimal screen time. That will certainly change with X-Men: Apocalypse, in which Jubilee's colorful pyrotechnic plasmoids will take center stage alongside some of the old veterans. She'll also be the resident fashionista, so that "mall rat" identity will probably be coming out in full force.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

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