'X-Men: Apocalypse' Trailer Finally Released

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Trailer Finally Released

By Robert Dougherty Dec 11, 2015 09:54 AM
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

X-Men: Apocalypse debuted a trailer at Comic-Con that leaked online, just like Deadpool. Yet Deadpool eventually released it wide sometime later, although it took until the morning of Dec. 11 for the new X-Men film to release its first look to the world.

In this case, however, it wasn't the same sneak peek from Comic-Con, and it will premiere in theaters before Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week. But first, it is now available online without having to be leaked



To those who at least heard the audio of the leaked trailer, it sounds like this is the exact same one at Comic-Con at first. Like before, it starts with Sophie Turner's younger version of Jean Grey dreaming of the end of the world, and Rose Byrne's Moria returning to tell James McAvoy's Charles about tracking Apocalypse. But while other things repeat themselves from the Comic-Con trailer -- including the soundtrack and the unveiling of the classic Professor X at the end -- there are some differences.

This time, there are direct mentions of Apocalypse's plans to collect four followers, who happen to be Magneto, young Storm, young Angel and Psylocke. Since the movie is far further along now than it was at Comic-Con, there are completed visual shots, including a particularly apocalyptic one of a burning city. In addition, the younger versions of other mutants like Cyclops and Nightcrawler are seen, with Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique commanding them.

And after the jokes about Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse looking as purple as a Power Rangers movie villain, he looks a bit more grey as he thunderously declares his intent to build a better world -- even moreso than he did in the Comic-Con version. Of course, this time Michael Fassbender's Magneto can't use a curse word to ask who he is afterward, as in the uncensored Comic-Con clip.

Seeing Isaac as an all-powerful evil mutant and then as a heroic pilot should be ironic when the trailer and The Force Awakens comes to theaters on Dec. 18. However, Apocalypse and the rest of the X-Men still have another months-long wait ahead to unveil the rest of the movie, until May 27, 2016.

By then, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War will have come out, leaving X-Men: Apocalypse as the midway point of 2016's long superhero schedule. Whether the bar for this slate is left higher or lower by the time the X-Men arrive, they clearly still aim for their version of the end of the world to stand out.

Tags: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Rose Byrne, X-Men
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