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There aren't many mythological gods more fascinating or intimidating than those of Egypt, and it's about time they're taking center stage in full-blown feature.

Gods of Egypt aims to be this spectacle of superhuman proportion, as it presents a struggle for power between the conniving Set (Gerard Butler) and the heroic Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). When Set comes out on top, mankind must find a way to bring Horus back to his former glory and take down the powerful ruler in order to survive.

Check out the full trailer here!

The trailer has inspired quite a lot of conversation around the film, so let's delve into that after a quick breakdown of the story.

After a devastating battle between Set and Horus shifts the balance of power...

Set mercilessly rips out Horus' eyes, effectively usurping the throne and crippling his only worthy opponent all in one act.

A mortal named Bek devises a plan to overthrow Set's chaotic rule of the Nile

Bek (Brenton Thwaites) steals back one of Horus' eyes, and the pair begin an unlikely alliance to reclaim power.

The heroes have their fair share of truly outlandish monsters

Like the Sphinx.

And this fanged mouth in the sky

Really have no idea at all what that could be, but it's certainly the last thing I would want to see above me.

And, of course, giant fire breathing snake pets

Because no self-respecting evil god would settle for a poodle.

But most people aren't talking about the story

The conversation about Gods of Egypt has shifted toward its casting decisions and historical inaccuracies.

There was outrage against its mostly white cast

With Coster-Waldau, Butler, and Thwaites filling in the lead roles, the movie presents Egyptian gods as being mostly white. Chadwick Boseman and Elodie Yung, who play Thoth and Isis respectively, make up the people of color in the cast, but, for many people on Twitter and beyond, their inclusion does not abate the larger problem.

Only time will tell if this backlash will affect the movie overall, so we'll have to wait until April 8, 2016 to see how much power these gods really have over us mortals.


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