Fans at Comic-Con’s Hall H panel were treated this weekend to the first footage from Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as a first look at Oscar Issac as the film’s titular villain.
The first look at Apocalypse came in the form of a poster handed out to Comic-Con guests, according to Yahoo News. The image depicts the profile of Apocalypse looming over the burning remains of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, a harrowing omen of what promises to be the most destructive X-Men movie to date. The character also briefly appeared during an early reel of footage, which was shown to convention attendees, though it has yet to be released online.
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The footage begins with scenes of a nuclear explosion, before Sophie Turner’s Jean Gray says she saw the end of the world, though James McAvoy’s Professor X is on hand to tell her it was all a dream. Issac, as Apocalypse, begins to give a voiceover where he recalls being seen as a God, while the Professor and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert discuss how mutants were often worshiped in the past when they were discovered. MacTaggert, however, reveals that she has tracked one such mutant that appears throughout human history.
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Apocalypse gives a major speech to the younger mutants, claiming they’ve lost their way by following blind leaders. This voiceover leads to a scene with Apocalypse clad in a hood as Magneto asks him “Who the f**k are you?” and Apocalypse responds “Come and See.” This shot allowed the audience to view Oscar Issac in full costume, much to their excitement, according to Coming Soon‘s Edward Douglas.
“He looks JUST LIKE in the comics,” Douglas asserted. “Exactly like in the comics.”
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The footage went on to show that Apocalypse can control other mutants, a fact revealed by Professor X as a sizzle reel of shots showed Nightcrawler, Jubilee, and Psylocke, as well as Cyclops and Quicksilver. Titles reading “Prepare For Apocalypse” appeared ahead of a shot of Professor X using Cerebro, marveling at Apocalypse’s power. The clip ended with a shot of James McAvoy in character, bald and sitting in a wheelchair.
Apocalypse is rumored to be the conclusion of a trilogy that began with X-Men: First Class, as the Inquisitr has previously reported. It remains to be seen where the film will leave the franchise and its beloved characters, yet fans will find out when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.
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