Haven’t had enough of your favorite characters from the Marvel comics? Well, if you think you’ve seen the last of your favorite mutants in X-Men: Days of Future Past, then think again. This summer, the 9th addition to this ever-expanding franchise is set to make you wish you had enough foresight to make reservations.
X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer and set in the early 1980s, serves as yet another action-packed film to curb your appetite. Returning actor James McAvoy, who plays the wise Professor Charles Xavier, has now prepped his character to become the mentor for fellow mutants at his school for the gifted at Westchester County, New York. Jennifer Lawrence, who portrays the unpredictable Mystique, also reassumes her character, but this time, as an independent agent for Xavier. Now, Magneto, who is played by Michael Fassbender, has fully and completely made up his mind about joining the dark side as he seeks out the power of the main antagonist.
So of course, the story wouldn’t be complete without that can’t-get- out-your- chair kind of conflict.
Chaos is guaranteed thanks to El Sabah Nur, who now calls himself the Apocalypse, and is played by Oscar Isaac. An ancient entity that is determined to obliterate the world and build a new one from its rubble, Apocalypse is awakened – and with his four horsemen, he is unstoppable.
Traditionally, these four horsemen always have the same names – Death, Famine, Pestilence, and War. Apocalypse’s assistants start of as harmless mutants, but once he has entered their minds and corrupted their souls, they become almost mindless killing machines who have only two things in mind: to help their master attain his goal, and to ensure that his existence won’t be put on the line as he goes for it.
This film won’t be anticipated for by X-Men fanatics if there weren’t new characters – and indeed, their cravings will be satisfied. It appears that fans are mostly raving about the new bad girl in this entanglement of indecisive mutants. Psylocke, who is played by Olivia Munn, is quite the surprise feature of the film, as she has almost never been mentioned or shown in any of the previous films.
However, as the final horseman who has the ability to create serious damage with her telekinetic weaponry, who wouldn’t be excited to see her alongside the all-powerful Apocalypse?
If all that still isn’t enough to convince you to come to your local movie house, then maybe the appearances of new faces will do the job. Watch Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, and Tye Sheridan as Cyclops. These newbies will surely remind you how the idea of mutation can be both awe-inspiring and terrifying.
With all that said, here’s one last question: are you ready to face the Apocalypse?