There's so much potential ground to cover with the premiere of [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) coming imminently. The newest trailer for the film has released a ton of new promotional footage which fans are dissecting to the finest point. One topic of interest is the cameo of Nate Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse. The reason that Nate Grey is a hot topic of discussion is because his origins stem from being a creation of the villainous, Mister Sinister; along with Nate Grey being made from the genetic material of Jean Grey and Scott Summers, whom are both set to be pivotal characters in X-Men: Apocalypse. But apart from Nate Grey's cameo in the film, there are some more interesting developments happening in X-Men: Apocalypse.
What is William Stryker (Josh Helman) up to in X-Men: Apocalypse? He's not a member of the Four Horsemen.
For one, the most recent trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) has just provided a tease for Wolverine's return by highlighting an image of Wolverine's claw in the ending segment of the trailer. That tidbit of information is of note, but that isn't the most intriguing development of X-Men: Apocalypse. The more prevalent concept to be explored in the film is William Stryker's (Josh Helman) role in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Scenes of William Stryker in "X-Men: Apocalypse" trailer.
Piecing together the tidbits of information teased in the recent trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), we can get a decent picture of what Josh Helman's character of William Stryker will be doing in the film.
Within the trailer, William Stryker is arriving on a helicopter at the same field that Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) and Peter Maximoff (Evan Peters) are standing beside a group of young mutants, including the young Nate Grey. In another split image, we can also see the mutants in the field being detained on the floor. Which could mean that William Stryker is leading a detainment mission on the 'Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters', just as how the events occurred in X2: X-Men United. Along with William Stryker leading a mission on the 'Xavier Institute', the glimpse of Wolverine could be the piece of information that ties together William Stryker's role in X-Men: Apocalyspe (2016).
The Original 'X-Men' trilogy holds no standing in the current cinematic universe.
To reiterate the known facts of the current timeline of the 'X-Men' universe, the timeline has been rewritten in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) which means nothing in the original trilogy of 'X-Men' films is still canon in the cinematic universe of the X-Men. And with that, there's room for the events of X2: X-Men United to be retold in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
The retelling of Wolverine's origins in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Learning that Josh Helman will again be reprising his role of William Stryker in X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the tease of Wolverine in the Alkali facility, it's more than likely that we're going to see the origins of Wolverine portrayed in the new film. The whole importance of William Stryker's character in the 'X-Men' universe centers around his involvement with Wolverine's legacy. Stryker is the one responsible for bonding adamantium to Logan's skeleton, and creating the Wolverine. The image of Wolverine's claw in the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) all but tells the audience of what kind of Wolverine we'll see in the film. The image isn't much to go off of, but if Logan is indeed going through the Weapon-X program that turns him into the Wolverine, then the teaser image of Wolverine's claw in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is going to surprise more fans than once thought. No one is expecting Wolverine to get his origin story retold in X-Men: Apocalypse as it doesn't seem like there's enough time or space in the film to dedicate enough time to the character's origin for a loyal adaptation. But it seems as though director of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Bryan Singer intends to officially depict the rewrite for the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) in X-Men: Apocalypse'. With that being said, the clues are all there to explain how Wolverine and William Stryker will play into the film. Neither of these two characters have been seen anywhere else, within the main aspects of the film, which means their involvement in the film is related to a completely different aspect of the 'X-Men' franchise. There's also the matter of the ending credits scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) depicting William Stryker taking the body of Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to an undisclosed location, probably the Alkali research facility; which has been confirmed to be a setting within X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). That could definitely tie into how Wolverine appears in the new film. But is the Wolverine teased in the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, being played by Hugh Jackman? Or is another actor portraying a younger version of Logan/Wolverine?
What do you think? Is Josh Helman's role as William Strker in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) reason enough to assume that he'll be working on the Weapon-X program when we're reintroduced to him in the film? And is Wolverine going to be released in a feral rage when we see him? Have any thoughts, leave them in the comment section below.
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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) premieres May 27, 2016. Directed by Bryan Singer.