Hated and feared by a world they are sworn to protect, the X-Men are the vanguard of the next stage in human evolution. Trained by Professor Charles Xavier, these outcast study in what is on the surface an unassuming private school. In reality, the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters in the training ground for young mutants in the fight against threats from within and without the mutant community (such as the Brotherhood led by Magneto).
The legacy of the X-Men is a long one and began in 1963 when a new series called The Mutants was developed by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. The series changed into the X-Men (as Stan thought it sounded cooler) and focused on a class of youngsters unsure of their place in the world. As they stumbled into adulthood, their abilities grew and their world became more complex. Neither the family of the Fantastic Four or the supergroup of the Avengers, X-Men was something wholly other and in fact it struggled to find an audience for years (despite some stellar work from top notch creative teams). It wasn’t until the team was totally revamped and new blood introduced (in the form of Storm, Banshee, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Thunderbird, Sunfire and the brutal Wolverine) that the comic book saw success in a big way.
In 2000, Bryan Singer took key aspects of the comic book and translated them into a big screen adventure. While not exactly true to the precise origins of the comic book or the popular 90’s cartoon iteration, it nevertheless was a hit. It has spawned a seven film franchise with an eighth on the way.
in the last film, Days of Future Past, the ultimate final solution of the mutant problem was explored in a nightmare world in which monstrous robots created vast concentration camps for anyone they identified as a possible mutant. Launching a rescue operation into the past, Wolverine was sent to rewrite history, making the time of the Sentinels an impossible reality. The resulting time travel conundrum rewrote what had happened (and wiped out most if not all of the dread third film, X-Men The Last Stand).
In X-Men: Apocalypse, a new team of mutants will emerge, albeit with new faces. The characters of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler will appear but portrayed by younger actors.
The eighth X-Men movie will not only bring in new talent for existing heroes but also introduce a new villain in the guise of Apocalypse, who claims to be the first mutant born 5,000 years in the past. Along with his horsemen, Apocalypse is paving the way for a world ruled by only the fittest, destroying any in his way; mutant or human.
(eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed Apocalypse’s followers chanting his name – En Sabah Nur – as a massive pyramid was formed using mutant power at the close of Days of Future Past)
Singer has also been posting production stills via instagram:
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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios might be making the headlines of late due to their recently decided shared custody of the “Spider-Man” franchise, but the prequel/sequel “X-Men: Apocalypse” is also catching up to the hype. According to Screen Rant, the upcoming blockbuster will be set forward another 10 years from the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” timeline.
IGN noted that Singer has actually been sharing quite a lot of images from pre-production on his official Instagram page. There were images of an undone Cerebro set build as well as a model of what would appear to be Professor Xavier’s mansion. However, what caught the attention of the fans would be director Bryan Singer’s latest online post that seemed to give the fans a sneak peek into where Apocalypse lives.
It was a very mysterious piece of production art, as it looked like a ship with an indistinct yellow figure standing right at the bottom of a ramp that leads into it. Those who have followed the comics guessed that this object could be Ship, the sentient artificial intelligence creation that served as Apocalypse’s mobile home base, just as Comic Book has pointed out.
Set in the 1980s, the movie will be featuring younger versions of the lead characters, such as Alexandra Shipp for Storm, Tye Sheridan for Cyclops, and Sophie Turner for Jean Grey, as well as Kodi Smit-McPhee as the Nightcrawler. They will be battling the villain shown in the last movie’s post-credits scene, Apocalypse, who will be played by Oscar Isaac.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will also be bringing back Rose Byrne to reprise her role as Moira Taggert, a CIA agent who also happens to be their mutant ally. Plus, Screen Rant says that it is highly likely that Singer will reel in new mutants as well. Since the blockbuster will be set in the 1980s, the fans will most probably see more interesting fashion choices such as side ponytails and leg warmers.
IGN also spoke to Isaac about his plans with Signer regarding the project of bringing the nasty villain into life. “Just as Bryan’s done with the other films, I think he seeks to find something a little more interesting than the archetypal aspects of the characters, which work really well in print,” Isaac shared. “But, for a film, I think you want to see a bit more of the – for lack of a better word – humanity in Apocalypse because, ultimately, this is a story about humans.”
Plus, the report stated that the production crew will be able to achieve the villain’s malleable look with the use of practical as well as digital effects.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” will be hitting the big screens by May 27, 2016.