X-Men: Apocalypse is still over two months away but that hasn't stopped the hype from building. With a ton of awesome trailers making the rounds and new content being released every week, it's obvious that Fox are really pumping everything they've got into the grand finale of their second X-Men trilogy.
However, ever since Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse was revealed to the public, fans have been split as to whether the movie is going to improve on its predecessors or go the same way as Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine. From the looks of the trailers, it seems Apocalypse is going to end up on the safe side, but it's still all to play for.
However, despite the naysayers, this movie has a lot going for it. In fact, I'd say it has all the ingredients to make what some may call a perfect movie. Whether it can put them all together correctly is another question entirely. But, if everything goes to plan, we could end up with the X-Men movie we could have only dreamed of.
1. The Characters
For those of you that grew up with the campy 90s cartoon, just one look at the cast list was probably enough to convince you this movie was going places. With the notable exception of Wolverine (allegedly) and Kitty Pryde, the whole animated series roster is in the movie, including fan favorites Jubilee and Nightcrawler.
Other newcomers include Psylocke, who's been dying for an onscreen appearance for years, and Apocalypse himself. Additionally, Days of Future Past's highlight, Quicksilver, is returning in a bigger role than before, so there's that to look forward to as well.
2. The Cast
The movie is yet to be released, so technically it's still all up in the air but you look me in the eye and tell me the new stars of Apocalypse aren't perfect for their roles. Cyclops is being taken on by Tye Sheridan. From what we've seen in the trailers, the kid's a natural. He's also a dead ringer for James Marsden so that's a plus too. Lana Condor looks set to own the role of Jubilee and it seems no one can deny that Olivia Munn was born for the role of Psylocke.
As for the returning cast, James McAvoy seems to have finally taken the hint and realized Professor X is wheelchair bound and doesn't have any hair. Michael Fassbender seems to have turned away from his squeaky clean Magneto and opted for a grungier, beardier look. We'll have to see how that turns out for him.
3. The Look
Okay, so I'll give you a free pass for Apocalypse himself, but otherwise it seems the costume designers knew exactly what they were doing when they were making this movie. Storm, played by Alexandra Shipp, has finally been given that iconic mohawk. Psylocke's costume is a near-perfect recreation of her comic counterpart's and, once again, Lana Condor steals the show as Jubilee.
Aside from character design, the whole movie seems to be adopting a much darker tone than any previous X-Men movies. Apocalypse, despite his unusual appearance, seems genuinely threatening in this new continuity and looks like he could pose a greater challenge to Xavier and his students than anything Magneto has cooked up in the past (or future).
4. The Director
Bryan Singer is credited as the director, writer and producer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which is fantastic news. Singer is the genius behind X-Men, X2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, otherwise known as the good X-Men movies. He also co-wrote and co-produced First Class, which was also pretty spectacular.
Needless to say, this movie's in good hands. Any worries you may have had about the third film in the trilogy not living up to standards can be forgotten with Singer at the helm. He's been with the franchise from the start and knows what's what. If there's anyone you can trust to deliver a top quality action flick, it's got to be Bryan Singer.
5. It's The Beginning of a New Era
Following the success of Deadpool and Days of Future Past, there's no way the X-Men Universe is slowing down any time soon. Fox have already confirmed Deadpool 2, Gambit and Wolverine 3 as their frontrunners for the next few years, but it's almost a guarantee that we'll be seeing the likes of Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan together on our screens again pretty soon.
After all the time-twisting mayhem of the First Class trilogy, it'd be fun to get a good old classic X-Men movie trilogy set in the nineties, taking inspiration from the cartoons and comics of the time. Apocalypse acts as the stepping stone into that new series of movies, blending the old style in with the new.
With a stellar cast, an interesting-looking story and fantastic effects, X-Men: Apocalypse looks set to be the biggest hit of the summer. And with rumors of one final Wolverine cameo, this could end up being the perfect X-Men movie ever!
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27.