Actress Olivia Munn has shared a new image of herself as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, in the process teasing a sure-to-be impressive battle sequence involving at least one of the titular villain’s four horsemen.
Munn revealed the picture during a Twitter Q&A, according to Screencrush. When asked by Superhero Feed if fans would get a chance to see Psylocke use her psychic weapons in X-Men: Apocalypse, Munn replied in the affirmative, adding a photo of the character mid-battle for emphasis.
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) February 6, 2016
Though fans have previously been introduced to her character over the past few months, their exposure has so far been limited to a few promotional photos, along with several brief shots of Psylocke in the first trailer. The new image is shot from below, and shows Munn’s character in the heat of conflict, her hair blown toward several ruined buildings in the background. In a separate video, Munn described a battle sequence wherein Psylocke uses her psionic blades. The actress compared her fighting style to that of Wolverine, but fans probably shouldn’t read too deeply into that assessment.
Just unveiled by Olivia Munn at the Super Bowl: this X-Men Apocalypse stand, soon to be seen at theaters eveywhere pic.twitter.com/BMct8rRstS
— Looper (@LooperHQ) February 5, 2016
So far, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the only character to appear in all of the X-Men films produced over the last decade-and-a-half. Speculation has run rampant among fans that Jackman will be appearing in Apocalypse, even in a limited role, in order to keep that record intact. When asked recently about the possibility of a cameo from Jackman, director Bryan Singer refused to either confirm or deny the actor’s presence in the film, as Comic Book Resources points out. Wolverine’s future in the larger franchise is also a point of deep speculation, as it has been confirmed that 2017’s Wolverine 3 will mark Jackman’s last turn in a role that even writer Simon Kinberg recently acknowledged couldn’t be recast.
— Collider News (@ColliderNews) February 4, 2016
Psylocke serves as one of the four horsemen in X-Men: Apocalypse, servants of the titular villain chosen for their specific powers. It was recently revealed by Singer that he and Kinberg intentionally wrote the horsemen as avatars for the various factions of a cult, alluding to Apocalypse’s magnetic personality and powers of persuasion. Psylocke serves as a representation of the sexual element of a cult, IGN notes, further highlighting the “mixture of ancient religion and cultism” that Singer says defines the character of Apocalypse.
“And then lastly the sexual component, because cult leaders tend to sexualize their position and have sex with half the people in their cult. So the Psylocke character, who’s a very bright character in the comic but always looking for guidance and leadership, always trying to find the right guy. So she starts with one, and then she ends up with Apocalypse in this one.”
Munn is joined by a mixed cast of both veterans and newcomers in X-Men: Apocalypse, including James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rose Byrne. Classic characters Cyclops and Jean Grey return to the fold, played by Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner, while Lana Condor appears as Jubilee. Kodi Smit-McPhee also appears in Apocalypse, bringing Nightcrawler back into the X-Men film universe.
While the ultimate aim of the film’s central villain (played by Oscar Isaac) has yet to be revealed, it has been described as a threat unfolding on a global scale, leading the filmmakers to claim that this entry will be, in many ways, the most spectacular movie in the franchise to date. Fans will get their chance to decide on May 27, when X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters.
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