Bryan Singer once predicted that X-Men: Days of Future Past would be the biggest X-Men movie yet, and he completely delivered with a grand tale that wonderfully melded both the younger and older generations of mutant performers while telling an ingenious time travel tale that not only blasted heat underneath the whole X-Men mythology, but became a firecracker sci-fi story in its own right. But now, thanks to a supervillain who could possibly give Darth Vader a run for his money in a fight, the upcoming next instalment, X-Men: Apocalypse, promises to deliver a more epic tale than the last time around, which makes one optimistically ask the question, “could X-Men: Apocalypse be the Lawrence of Arabia of X-Men movies?”
The film itself will deal with historical mutancy, depicting with the very first living being on Earth to ever possess the mutant gene. The plot for the new installment revolves around Apocalypse, an ancient-Egyptian super-baddie believed to be the first mutant ever known in existence. Wolverine’s adventure in X-Men: Days of Future Past has disrupted the space-time continuum, thus allowing Apocalypse to wreak havoc in the lives of our mutant heroes, causing the X-Men to further dive into a crucial point in their past (think the 80’s) with the hope of defeating this brutal foe.
One of the big draws with this sequel is the casting of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse. The soft-eyed, sweet-souled actor recently hinted at menacing depths with dark turns in A Most Violent Year and Ex Machina, but nothing in his filmography has possibly come close to the dreadful grandeur and overwhelming evil of this gargantuan Marvel villain. Much about the cinematic physical look and psychological execution of the character has been kept under wraps so far, thus allowing the mystery of Isaac’s performance to build considerable cinephile buzz. Rest assured many eager eyes will be scanning the first sign of a trailer to see just what Hollywood’s sci-fi wizards have pushed out of Isaac.
A curious trend in Hollywood these days is to reboot familiar franchises and see how the new performers stack up against the old performers. Well the time-hopping plot logistics of the new sequel’s plot allows Singer to indulge in this trend, for its been reported that teen actors have been hired to play younger versions of beloved X-Men favorites once the time travel kicks into play. Alexandra Shipp, who played Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic based on the singer’s life, will play a younger Storm, Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones will play the younger Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan from Mud will play a young Cyclops, promising to show that before these characters grew into the heroic mutants we’ve come to revere, they were conflicted teenagers just trying to find themselves like you and me. Fan favorites Jubilee (Lana Condor), Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Havok (Lucas Till) are also reported to appear.
Speaking about this epic sequel, Singer says “it’s a big monster of a movie….the stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It’s definitely an X-Men movie, but it feels very differently.” So it feels like this instalment wants to take the mutant mythology to far more painful and catastrophic depths than X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was rather unsettling in itself. The question remains, can this sequel eclipse the last one to become the biggest X-Men movie ever made, or will the producers coast on complacency? Judging by the way Singer is teasing online clues and bouts of enthusiasm in the same social media vain he did with X-Men: Days of Future Past, perhaps we could have the next great Marvel movie on our hands.
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