20th Century Fox dropped the latest X-Men: Apocalypse trailer. It left me both really excited and frustrated.
Bryan Singer’s latest spin with the X-Men looks to be the most action-packed in the eight film franchise. I got a major fanboy geekout seeing Cyclops, Jean Grey and Beast battling Angel. All I needed was Iceman to have a live-action X-Factor moment. Storm didn’t do a whole lot, but she looked impressive channeling her lightning and that sequence with her and Cyclops gave me flashbacks to their battle to determine who would lead the X-Men.
While I’m not a huge fan of the costume design, it’s great actually seeing a new villain for the X-Men to battle in Apocalypse. Better yet, his size changing abilities appear to be fully realized here. Olivia Munn’s Psylocke looks like she stepped out of the comic and Ben Hardy actually made Angel look like an intimidating opponent.
As usual, I hate the armor-plated costumes. They’re too boring and make the X-Men look like a SWAT team. Psylocke’s costume is so perfect, Magneto’s is fine and neither look crazy, but everyone else looks way too nondescript and completely lacking a real sense of individuality.
The bigger offense though is the continued reliance on Professor X, Magneto and Mystique. The Avengers’ franchise doesn’t share a lot in common with its comic book origins, but the tone and spirit of the comics is tremendously faithful. Having Magneto and Mystique flip flop with their commitment to Prof. X and the X-Men undercuts the other more interesting X-Men who never get a chance to get developed.
And between Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Havok, Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee and Quicksilver, we’ve got a slew of actual X-Men that look like they’re going to get shortchanged. It does seem like a bit of a missed opportunity for this 80s era X-Men epic not to have the rock star turned X-Man Dazzler.
That said, I’m actually starting to get excited about this one. I doubt Apocalypse will be my favorite movie of the month seeing as how Captain America: Civil War arrives May 6, but it could be a solid No. 2. We’ll find out when it arrives in theaters May 27.