The next movie trailer that aired during the Super Bowl is for "X-Men: Apocalypse", the eighth movie in the X-Men film franchise. Before this trailer even aired, it already had the advantage of airing after the snooze that was the first trailer back in December. All this particular TV spot had to do was be better than the first full length trailer and all will be right in the world. And now that I've seen it, I'm actually quite surprised that this 30 second spot was better than the 2 minute official trailer.
As far as what the trailer shows, it's not much new stuff we haven't seen before. Some shots from the first trailer are reused such as the scene with Apocalypse growing in size and small glimpses of some action set pieces involving younger versions of Storm and Cyclops. It really looks like the people who made this trailer aren't playing all of their cards just yet and I'm really glad at least some people know how to make a trailer without spoiling anything. But of the new shots, the one that stands out to me is the one with Apocalypse holding Mystique by her throat, bringing me to my next point.
When Apocalypse's look was first revealed, it was met with the usual online criticism, the same criticism that went towards stuff like Heath Ledger's Joker and Ben Affleck's Batman. Then the first trailer debuted without any major shots of Apocalypse and that had everyone convinced that the makers were hiding him until the movie came out. Well now with this trailer, we get a pretty good shot of him and I honestly don't think he looks that bad. This is definitely one of those "wait and see" things, so I'm not going to say too much about Apocalypse other than him being played by a very accomplished actor right now, Oscar Isaac.
My one problem with this trailer, like the previous one, is that it seems to be fairly reliant on Jennifer Lawrence. What I mean by that is that pretty much everyone knows of Lawrence's star power right now and the first trailer for this movie just seemed to keep shoving her in our face, almost as if they're now trying to appeal to the teenage girl demographic who view Lawrence as the second coming of Christ. I kept getting that vibe from this trailer as well and even though I like Lawrence as an actress, we're starting to get to the point where she is becoming overhyped as a celebrity. I'm sure Mystique plays a pivotal role in this film, but I just have that one small nitpick for now.
Still, "X-Men: Apocalypse" still looks like it can be another great X-Men film. Bryan Singer is directing again, we have the talented cast returning, and we also have what looks like a formidable villain played by a genuinely great young actor in Oscar Isaac. This spot has slightly boosted my anticipation for this movie and I'm sure it will be a big Summer hit.