This article is our all-in-one-place news portal for 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. Each new update will be added to the top of the article as news rolls in over the next few months. The original article will continue below.
March 22nd Update: The New Trailer Is Here, And It Slays!
The second full-length trailer, which arrived mid-March, basically dials everything up to 11 and gives us a much fuller picture of the destruction wreaked by Apocalypse, as well as showing us a little more of the team of mutants assembled to take him down...
You don't need me to tell you that that's one hell of a trailer.
Something Major is Brewing...
It may be flying a little under the radar right now, with Batman v Superman just around the corner, followed almost immediately by Captain America: Civil War, but the third of 2016's big triad of superhero flicks could be the greatest of all.
Its name is [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267), and it hits theaters in less than three months — so, here's everything we know about our mutants' big cinematic adventure, from Magneto's motives to the origins of the big bad.
[Disclaimer: no high-res images of Psylocke's ass here. Sorry about that.]
What's The Story?
Well, firstly here's what the story isn't: Magneto vs. Xavier, Destruction of Mutantkind. Or at least, not quite.
The movie takes place in 1983, a whole decade after the events of Days Of Future Past, and begins with the awakening of Apocalypse, the world's most ancient, most powerful mutant. After sleeping an unspecified, but large, amount of time, Apocalypse discovers that the world he's awoken in is not to his taste.
In order to "cleanse mankind and create a new world order," Apocalypse assembles his Four Horsemen — more on them later — leading Raven and Professor X to gather the most powerful mutants in order to preserve humanity and allow mutantkind to live peacefully alongside the human race.
Fair to say the stakes are just a tiny bit higher than Captain America's fractured friendship with Iron Man.
What Makes Apocalypse So Dangerous?
Apocalypse is the physical embodiment of a "survival of the fittest" mantra. He was the first human being to be born with the X-gene mutation, and thus the first of the X-Men. His name, En Sabah Nur, literally means "the first one."
Absorbing the powers of various mutants in his five millennia on Earth, En Sabah Nur has total regenerative ability. Damaged cells repair at will, he is immune to disease, he has the power to alter his physical appearance, and convert body parts into weapons. He's also technopathic (that's mind control over technology, FYI) and more or less immortal.
You could say Apocalypse has a God complex, and you'd be right; he is effectively God among mortals — which, when you think back to X-Men: First Class, makes crazed Nazi scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) look about as threatening as a wet leaf.
Who's Joined The Cast?
A number of new mutants will join the fight, either with or against Apocalypse. First, we have Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones' Sansa Stark) as young Jean Grey, whose vision of the destruction wreaked by Apocalypse in the trailer is dismissed by Charles as a meaningless dream. Turner is pretty great and probably the new addition I'm most stoked for.
There's also Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, whose eyes transit energy beams; Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, whose talent is teleportation; and Lana Condor as Jubilee, who can generate fire from her hands.
Returning is the excellent Rose Byrne as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert. In First Class, Moira helped the mutants overcome the threat of Shaw, before Charles wiped her memory. Apocalypse is set 20 years later and MacTaggert doesn't look a day older, but we'll put that down to good genes.
And What About The Horsemen?
According to Michael Fassbender, Magneto has returned to his native Poland and is attempting to live a regular life there with a Polish woman — so what exactly motivates him to become one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen?
The Horsemen, a revolving group of mutants who Apocalypse keeps at his side at all times, have been around basically forever. In the trailer, when Havok remarks that Apocalypse got their name from the Bible, Moira fires back "or the Bible got it from him."
The strongest likelihood is that Apocalypse uses powers of mind control, or at least extreme manipulation, to recruit the Horsemen, who are comprised of Magneto, Psylocke (Olivia Munn, new to the series), Storm (fellow newbie Alexandra Shipp) and Archangel (played by relatively unknown British actor Ben Hardy).
Fathers And Sons
They may be out to save the world, but for one of Xavier's students, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), this journey is also personal. In Days Of Future Past, the mutant with super-speed mentions that his mother "knew a guy" who could control metal — and it's no coincidence that that's Magneto's precise talent...
A film with stakes as epic as this needs an emotional grounding to keep things relatable, and it seems as though Quicksilver, who gave excellent comic relief in Future Past, will be the one bringing the emotion this time around — but with Magneto as one of the Four Horsemen, will Quicksilver get the reunion he's after, or were father and son destined to be on opposite sides?
Anything Else I Should Know?
Apocalypse will probably be Jennifer Lawrence's final turn as Mystique, so expect the film to wrap up her story, particularly her identity and self-esteem issues, alongside her relationship with Beast (Nicholas Hoult).
Bryan Singer is in the director's chair and has already promised a new trilogy to follow, presumably with the younger generation of mutants in the spotlight. It wouldn't be a surprise if Jean Grey and Quicksilver became the lead characters in the next movie — this film feels like a passing of the baton.
Rumors also abound that Patrick Stewart will cameo as the older Professor X, but nothing's confirmed on that front.
When Can I Watch The Trailer?
Right now, although if you haven't seen it six times already I'll be disappointed. The first full-length trailer premiered a few months back to positive reactions, with a TV spot following at last month's Super Bowl.
The second proper trailer premiered mid-March - that's the one near the top of the article. X-Men: Apocalypse blasts into theaters on May 27. In the meantime, I want to know...