Alright, the new trailer is here and has successfully changed my opinion on how excited I should be for X-Men: Apocalypse. After holding out a long time, trying to convince myself that it’s gonna be great, I had been left with a lack of excitement. However, this trailer really changed my mind and I am very excited to see how this all unfolds. This trailer really highlights the action sequences that are going to take place and gives a pretty good look at everyone’s powers.
Bryan Singer, who brought the first X-Men movie to the big screens 15 years ago (yes, we are that old), has reloaded his guns and is bringing the pain in X-Men: Apocalypse. The third part of the latest trilogy and continuity shift for the X-Movies sees us in the 1980s, and the stars off the original movies are just joining the team. The first trailer for the film is here… Continue reading X-Men Apocalypse Trailer: Bringing Bald Back
Bring in the supervillains!
That seems to be an upcoming theme from Hollywood. You’ve the early versions of Penguin, Riddler, and Two-Face on the Gotham television series, and the government-approved and expendable Suicide Squad ready to bloody the big screen next August. And now, the folks over at Marvel want to venture onto the dark side of the super-powered fence as well.
We’ve been covering a lot of Bryan Singer news since his triumphant return to the X-franchise with last years X-Men: Days of Future Past.
He is following that up with the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which promises to end the current trilogy started with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class by continuing to examine the beginning of the X-Men. So with Apocalypse nearing completion Singer wasted no time in announcing his next directing gig, which is not X-related… or is it?
It’s been nearly two weeks since the boast-worthy Fox panel took place at San Diego Comic Con, where the film giant went into details about X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four and Deadpool films. While fans are still waiting on Gambit and Deadpool details, the buzz for X-Men: Apocalypse began shortly after and hasn’t slowed down.
Coming right after he gave us a look at what is assumed to be Apocalypse’s ship, Bryan Singer took to Instagram to reveal the film’s latest casting choice, announcing actor, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Paranorman) as the film’s young Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler.
We’ve received another glimpse into the developing production of X-Men: Apocalypse, and once again it comes from Bryan Singer. Much like we saw as X-Men: Days of Future Past moved through production, Singer is always the first to drop any new images from the film.
After what seems like a decade of waiting and endless fanboy speculation, Bryan Singer has finally announced via Twitter the official trio starring in X-Men: Apocalypse as younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm.
The day has finally arrived in which we get our first real look at Bryan Singer’s newest incarnation of the X-Men franchise. That’s right, the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is here!
I’ll admit that X-Men: First Class is easily my favorite of all the films to date so I was quite excited to see James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender back as Magneto and Professor X. Of course they aren’t quite themselves, especially Professor X, as shown by the copious amounts of dust being blown off Cerebro. Well, that and Patrick Stewart saying “I was a very different man.”
The trailer seemed like it gave everyone a little bit of screen time, both returning mutants and those new to the game. If X-Men: Days of Future Past does nothing else, it will hopefully be remembered as the movie that featured actors named Bingbing and Booboo. Incidentally, they both look quite amazing as Blink and Warpath.
There was very little to quibble over with this trailer. It had direction, gave a good look at the plot of the film (for those of us who are not very familiar with the X-Men books), and was pretty in doing so. However, outside of Nixon looking nothing like Nixon, my biggest issue was the use of “Adagio in D” from Sunshine. I understand that it is a beautiful piece of music and it does fit quite well with the action of this trailer, but it is getting dangerously close to being overused. I’d much rather have heard something from John Ottman’s score.
So, are you excited for X-Men: Days of Future Past? Does this first trailer make you more excited? This is the first of many, many, many trailer and posters and photos and pretty much the deluge of material that comes along with modern film promotion, but it is nice to enjoy this moment when everything is new and fresh.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 23rd, 2014.
On Friday Bryan Singer gave us another peek behind the curtain for his upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past movie, this time revealing a full size Sentinel, and stood beside it for scale! As we reported last week, the X-Men: Days of Future Past marketing strategy seems to be really kicking into top gear now that The Wolverine and the other main summer super-hero movies are out of the way.
The Sentinels were first introduced in The X-Men (Vol. 1) issue #14 (Nov 1965) and were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. According to Marvel canon, Sentinels are programmed to locate mutants, then capture or kill them. The Sentinel in Singer’s picture looks to be around 13 to 14 foot tall, which certainly gives it an imposing stature, but isn’t as nearly as tall as what we are used to in the comics were they are usually depicted as being around 3 stories tall.
As for the design itself? It differs significantly from the Sentinels we are used to in the comics and is even different in design from the Sentinel you may have spotted during the ‘Danger Room’ sequence in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the new design. I don’t think it evokes the terror that a Sentinel should. I do appreciate that things have to be redesigned with the times though. I also assume that within the context of the film they will also need to look a little cuddlier, being that they are initially introduced to the public as a policing force against the mutant threat.
Now, it is important to note that on the thigh of the Sentinel it does refer to them as SNTL2, what I expect is a mark-2 design. Bryan Singer did also caption the photo on Twitter with “Here’s to the next 50 years”. I suspect then that these may not be the only Sentinels featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The recent viral posters also hint that they may get a little nastier.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters in the U.S.A on May 23, 2014. Let us know your thoughts on the new-look Sentinels below.