Should X-Men: Apocalypse prove to be Bryan Singer’s…ahem, last stand in the superhero universe he created 16 years ago, at least he’s circling back to where he began. The latest trailer for Apocalypse begins with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier having an abbreviated version of the same conversation their older counterparts–Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart–share at the end of the very first X-Men. “Doesn’t it ever wake you up in the middle of the night, the feeling that someday they’ll come for you and your children?” the Master of Magnetism asks his friend/nemesis, to which Xavier replies: “I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to my school looking for trouble.”
Of course, Singer has yet to confirm rumors that he’s leaving the X-Mansion. If he does, this trailer makes it clear that he’s going to rock the house to its foundations on the way out. The two-and-a-half minute clip is a cornucopia of mutant action, clearly drawing the battle lines between Xavier’s first class mutants and the “Four Horsemen” aiding the ancient baddie, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Watch Olivia Munn wield Psylocke’s energy sword against Nicholas Hoult’s furry beast, while winged warrior Angel (Ben Hardy) fruitlessly tries to land a punch against teleporting Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The trailer also hints at increased screen time for Days of Future Past scene-stealer Quicksilver (Evan Peters), and the burgeoning romance between young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). And since this could be Singer’s swan song, you can almost certainly expect a Wolverine cameo somewhere in the final product. After all, since X-Men launched their respective big-budget careers, both he and Hugh Jackman are mutant bros for life.
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