The X-Men Universe surely is expanding. It has been almost two weeks since 20th Century Fox dropped the final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse and I will give you my trailer breakdown. Haven't seen the trailer? Watch it now before continuing to this post.
For those who doesn't know me, I am such a huge fan of the X-Men. Among all the aspects of Marvel Comics, the X-Men has always been my favorite. I watched all of its animated series and read some of its comics. They're basically the reason why I am inclined to the comics world and superhero movies right now. I loved all of its movies though X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn't really the origin movie I expected and X-Men: The Last Stand was not something epic though some scenes kinda improve everytime I watch it. X-Men: Days of Future Past is my favorite superhero movie of all time and it really made me proud as a comic book/superhero fan.
However, I really feel bad about myself because I wasn't excited and pumped enough to watch this movie because the previous trailers weren't enough to thrill me as an avid watcher of the fim series and after all of the hype for Batman vs Superman and Captain America: Civil War, those movies just outshined this one, just until I saw the final trailer. Yeah, I guess the surprise at the end was something that made me feel hyped for the movie but the trailer really managed to make me feel enliven for it.
So here are some screenshots from the trailer that I find really exciting.
We've seen Angel (Warren Worthington III) in X-Men: The Last Stand but the movie doesn't expand his story a little bit more so I am glad to see his character even before he got his metal wings. So I guess we will have a short introduction about his character's origin prior to becoming one of Apocalypse's horsemen.
In this shot, we could see Professor X, being in the same location with Apocalypse and his four horsemen, talking to Erik and uttering this lines:
Erik, don't join them.
And Magneto replied with:
Whatever it is you think you saw in me, I buried it with my family.
Which family is Erik referring to? If you can recall, X-Men: Days of Future Past occured in the 1970's and X-Men: Apocalypse is taking place in the 1980's. Within those years, Erik may had a family that he lost with unknown reasons and if you will refer to the comics, he had a wife named Magda Eisenhardt and a daughter named Anya Eisenhardt. In the comics, Anya died because she was trapped in their house when a fire broke-out. We don't know if that will be the same reason in the movie since he doesn't look like he's holding a burnt child.
However in the comics, Magda didn't die, instead she was traumatized by her daughter's death and when she found out about Erik's powers, she ran away from him, discovering months later that she was pregnant with the twins, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. But since Pietro is the only one here in this movie, he might be a son of Magda with Erik who ended up being raised by a different mother.
"Everything they've built, will fall. And from the ashes of their world, we'll build a better one."
Apocalypse's voice in the trailers keeps on changing everytime but I must say, the way he looks are getting better and better. He doesn't look cartoonish anymore but rather an ancient god.
They took him. Raven, the world needs the X-Men.
Why did Apocalypse took Charles? We saw from the trailer that Charles tried to punch Apocalypse but Apocalypse turned gigantic and swung him in the air, causing Charles to hit the wall. It might be the part where Apocalypse and his four horsemen took him but the reason why doing so is still unclear.
I was really curious on how they will bring up Mystique and Nightcrawler's relationship in this movie and we all know that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mom in the comics but I'm not sure if they will acknowledge it in the film since Jennifer Lawrence is not that old-looking to be a mom. In addition, it wasn't shown in the previous movies if Mystique had any relationships that could impregnate her. However, I don't know why Nightcrawler seems to know her. Does he know that she's his mom or she's just familiar to him because of what happened in Days of Future Past? Remember, the last scene where Mystique was about to shoot Trask was televised! But I do hope that this movie shows us some special connection between the two aside from both of them are blue. Just look at how they stare at each other.
I am just glad that they finally confirmed Quicksilver's (Pietro Maximoff) parenting in the movie. Some says that they should've kept the secret for the movie for a revealing surprise just like what Star Wars: The Force Awakens did with Kylo Ren and Han Solo but as for me, I think they just did the right choice. They already hinted us in X-Men: Days of Future Past so I think it's just right for them to confirm it. Who knows? Maybe we are to get surprised about other relationships in the movie. (Hoping that it is Mystique and Nightcrawler)
What a sweet shot...
This is one of my favorite parts in the trailer. If you know in the comics, Storm and Cyclops did fight but for the leadership. However, I am just glad to see Cyclops unleashing his full potential as well as for Storm.
Moving on, these scenes might be somehow relevant to each other and the possible highlight of Quicksilver's performance in the movie just like what happened in the kitchen scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past. As you can see in the first shot, the X-Mansion is about to explode but everything seems to be in slow motion so Quicksilver can save the students who are still stranded inside the house.
If you could still remember, this is the same Alkali Lake which appeared in X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine where the Weapon X program was based.
In addition, in this shot.
You can see William Stryker stepping out from a helicopter. If you can recall, in one of the last scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique pretended to be William Stryker when she fishes Wolverine out of the ocean so we aren't sure yet if that is the real William Stryker or just Mystique pretending to be him once again but whatever it may be, it only leads us to him.
How refreshing to see another fan-favorite character from the X-Men to be brought in the silver screen, Jubilee. If you were really paying attention in all X-Men movies, they actually showed us a glimpse of Jubilee in the first X-Men film and they even tried to bring the character in X2 but decided to remove her scenes from the final cut. I think they did the right choice to wait for the right time to put her character in and X-Men: Apocalypse is the right movie for her to show up. Besides, Jubilee did appear on the Age of Apocalypse storyline so I hope we can see her pyrotechnic energy plasmoids and not just a glimpse of her as she listens to Professor X's lectures.
A lot of promotional photos and videos keep on releasing in the internet but none of them consist of Havok. He is not even part of the official movie poster. So if ever this movie has any casualties, Havok (Alex Summers) might be one of it.
I don't know what is happening in this shot but is this the sign of Jean Grey unleashing the Phoenix? We all know that Apocalypse took Charles so there is no other telepath who can access the Cerebro other than Jean Grey. Although the Cerebro is so powerful for her to handle and since she's still in the stage of controlling her powers, this might trigger her in some way that will lead us to the Phoenix storyline.
"We had a little help."
So here's the stinger! It all makes sense now after seeing the same Alkali Lake from X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and William Stryker's appearance in the movie. Are they going to show us a glimpse of Wolverine's origins again? If you look closely at the picture, Wolverine's hands are bloody so maybe it indicates that the X-Men helped Wolverine get out of the Weapon X program's chamber so he can help them fight Apocalypse in return. That's just my theory guys, so don't take it seriously. We still don't know how they knew about the Weapon X program and if Wolverine will be in the movie for a bit longer than we expect or we will just see him in this sequence. Wolverine's appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse is still a mystery for everyone so let's just wait until the movie comes out.