In recent months, we seem to have a new comic book movie trailer to dissect every week — and today is no different. The final trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse has arrived, so let's take a look at some of the smaller details you may have missed. As always, there's potential spoilers if my predictions are right, but I have no inside knowledge, and apologies for the low-quality images, as they're grabbed straight from YouTube.
#1 - Apocalypse's Origin
One of the more interesting elements of this trailer is the hint it gives us into how Apocalypse came to be. In the comics, the mutant En Sabah Nur was born 5000 years ago, the first to have the X-gene. The origin seems to be more or less thew same here, as we see Oscar Isaac mutate from a normal-looking human to his more brutish form on some kind of slab, as he merges with a Celestial (thanks to Francisco Gallardo for pointing this out!). Around him are henchmen with hieroglyphics on their attire, hinting that our villain's origin seems to have remained the same.
#2 - Archangel
One of the staples of Apocalypse's character is that he always has four Horsemen that blindly follow him, and his escapades in 1980s America seem to be no different. One of the Horsemen is Archangel, played by Ben Hardy, and this trailer delves slightly into his origin. We see him at some kind of fight club, where it is revealed he is tussling with Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler, as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) intercepts. Considering the timeline, this suggests that the X-Men know about Apocalypse's revival before he has recruited any followers.
#3 - Magneto
A massive element in Singer's prequel film series is Magneto's downfall from X-Men founder to their arch villain, and this trailer seems to shed some light on how this may have happened. Michael Fassbender's metal-manipulator says he 'buried' his good 'with [his] family,' which poses a few questions. There's a shot of him clutching a woman's head, which could be any number of things, but my current bet is his partner, which could even be used to link in his son, Quicksilver.
#4 - Attack on the X-Mansion
A highly-featured action scene in the promotion for this film is the fight between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Apocalypse in what appears to be the X-Mansion. A shot we've seen in trailers shows Charles Xavier up on his feet, which may mean this is a dream sequence. As 2014's Days of Future Past showed us, when Charles takes the serum to allow him to walk again, his telepathic powers are eradicated. Since we see him examining Apocalypse in Cerebro just before this shot, it may suggest this is more of a premonition than a reality.
#5 - Quicksilver's Revelation
It's fair to say that the standout of the previous X-Men film, Days of Future Past, was the fantastic action scene involving Evan Peters's Quicksilver. There were a few references to Magneto being his father, something very prevalent in the comics, but this brief conversation he shares with Mystique seems to confirm this. It'll be interesting to see if this family bond between hero and villain has any impact on bringing Apocalypse and his Horsemen down.
#6 - William Stryker (1:27)
Another returning character we see in this trailer is Josh Helman's William Stryker, who evolves to become one of the X-Men's greatest foes. In Days of Future Past, he was seen as more of a lackey to Peter Dinklage's Trask rather than his own man, but here he seems to have taken a leading role in the anti-mutant hunt, shown rounding up mutants. What overall role he will have in the film is unclear, but it's a good bet that his role will be used to set up a possible sequel where Stryker is the main foe.
#7 - Quite the Cameo
Easily the biggest surprise in this trailer is the tease that X-Men staple Wolverine is going to feature. Although we only see his Adamantium claws and not his face, it's a safe bet to assume that Hugh Jackman is going to reprise his role — from the anti-aging nature of his character to the iconic status his portrayal has garnered. Some may call it a cop-out to bring him in, but it's sure to be one of the film's highlights. Also, the blood that covers Wolverine's hands suggests that we might be treated to a bit more violence from the hero than we're used to, possibly even having an R-rated director's cut a la Batman v. Superman.
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