Saturday, 25 July 2015

First look at X-Men Apocalypse's villain

While we have already seen concept art and one or two behind the scenes images courtesy of director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days Of Future Past), this year's San Diego Comic Con was the first chance to glimpse the main villain of X-Men: Apocalypse and some of the other characters as they will appear in the movie. Now Entertainment Weekly have released a fresh batch of images, including our first look at Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Apocalypse.

At first glance you might not recognise that it is actually Isaac playing Apocalypse, given that he is pretty much hidden behind layers of make-up and prosthetics to play the ancient, powerful mutant.

With a script from Kinberg plus Singer stalwarts Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (X-Men 2), X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980s and finds our heroes split across the world. Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) is still trying to help mutants blend in with the world, while Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is on her own crusade to settle matters between humans and mutants in a more violent fashion. Magneto (Michael Fassbender), meanwhile, is opting for a quieter life of love in Poland. At least, that is, until Apocalypse comes along to recruit him...

And the endlessly dangerous mutant is also taking on what has always been known in the comics as his Horsemen, which in this case includes the young Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy), who are all in bad circumstances of their own. Apocalypse, who has been in slumber for centuries, decides that the world is ripe for a reboot. "It's a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction," Singer tells Entertainment Weekly. "It's one giant civilisation that now requires one giant culling." Stopping him certainly sounds like a job for the X-Men. For more details, head to the Entertainment Weekly site.

X-Men: Apocalypse is out on 19 May next year.

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