Is there a feeling of finality to X-Men: Apocalypse? It marks the third outing for the cast members that began in X-Men: First Class, and things seem to have escalated to an unavoidable breaking point. The final trailer that was released today definitely has an ominous air about it. Give it a watch and see what you think:
It’s crazy to think that Bryan Singer has been involved in this film franchise (in one way or another) for almost two decades. There has to be a finish line of some sort in sight, right? Even though we’re promised a Wolverine cameo in this trailer, we all know that Wolverine 3 is going to be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the series’ favorite mutant (well, until he shows up for the quickest of cameos in Deadpool 2). Jennifer Lawrence may be exiting the series as well, so it looks like X-Men: Apocalypse is hoping to kickstart a new group of mutants to take the reigns. OK, not exactly “new” since they are rebooted versions of characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey, but you see what I’m saying. As a big fan of Scott Summers, I’m hoping he finally gets some good writing and plotting this time around. He was easily one of the most mishandled characters in the original trilogy of films, so let’s pray he gets a better deal going forward.
There’s also been a lot of work done to the film since the previous trailers. CGI backdrops, effects, and color palettes have changed quite a bit. This trailer is a good indicator of how much a film of this scale is still being worked on even while it’s being marketed. I’m digging the visual landscape of this trailer much more than any other previous footage we’ve seen.
I’m very intrigued to see how X-Men: Apocalypse performs in a post-Deadpool world. Will general audiences be a little more harsh on this film after the madcap delight of Wade Wilson? Are fans still jazzed to visit this interpretation of the X-Men universe, or will they be more receptive to upcoming projects like Legion? We’ll find out when the movie releases on May 27.