The X-Men: Apocalypse trailer was released today, but they should have waited longer. It could just be that behind the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer lies a great film, and that maybe they are giving fans the slip. But to judge this trailer on its own merits, it doesn’t look like this will be a better movie than the last X-Men outing, Days of Future Past.
Too much is revealed here. If this is a summary, then there’s not much more to learn when opening day comes in May. If there is a bit more of a well-rounded movie waiting to be watched, then maybe this trailer will do what Guardians of the Galaxy did and offer that unexpected experience to viewers who choose to give it a chance.
But Fox will have to prove itself with their continued X-Men handling. They have to prove that their own takes on the Marvel Universe can still compete against Marvel Studios offerings like Captain America and Avengers. The response from Fantastic Four wasn’t a good sign that they still know what to do with these films and where to take their superhero movie future.
But X-Men: Apocalypse marks the end of the trilogy that started in X-Men: First Class. The team here further distinguishes itself from the one introduced in the first three X-Men films. There’s no Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen, nor even the ubiquitous Hugh Jackman, who appeared in more X-Men themed films than the rest of the cast. The younger team has matured into the next generation of lead mutants and added some previously little-seen members, at that.
— IGN (@IGN) December 11, 2015
A fun part of these X-Men movies is to see which new mutant members will be introduced and how their powers will translate on screen. There are many mutants to choose from. But to have any sort of coherent storyline, choices need to be made as to who gets emphasis and who just gets some on-screen playtime to please faithful and expectant comic book readers-turned-comic book moviegoers. There is also the as yet untitled X-Men film rumored for 2018. The producers have again partnered with a Montreal studio for further X-Men aspirations. They’ve been working with the studio since 2013 and plan to continue the partnership moving forward. So leaked footage and set photos may come into the U.S. from across the Canadian border, and the footage in the Apocalypse trailer is majorly a product of that studio.
Mels Studios Et Postproduction head told the JDM, in a quote translated by Screen Rant, how the city benefits from handling such a large project.
“It was a miracle that we managed to attract a movie X-Men in Montreal in 2013. To convince Fox to return for a second and now a third is simply amazing… It’s always great news for our industry when we welcome this kind of production. We talk about films which have budgets of more than $200 million. A big production like X-Men generates direct and indirect economic benefits of hundreds of millions of dollars and makes work more than 2,000 Québec technicians.”
As Cinema Blend reports, besides newer, younger versions of Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and others, there are a bunch of newly reinvented superheroes appearing. Psylocke, seen briefly in the earlier films, will come on board for more action, but not necessarily on the good guys’ side. Angel, also known as Archangel, is also returning for what looks like a much bigger imagining. And if the beginning scenes of Days of Future Past are to go by, there should be a bunch more mutants showing up, as some already do in this X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, if just for a moment or two of screen time.
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