April 25, 2016
'X-Men Apocalypse' Trailer Shocks Fans With Surprise Cameo [Video]

Wolverine's back! In the final trailer for X-Men Apocalypse, 20th Century Fox revealed a brief glimpse of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, but how big a role will he play in the film?

With 20th Century Fox teasing that the upcoming Wolverine 3 film could be Jackman's last outing as the titular mutant, fans were shocked this morning when the latest trailer for X-Men Apocalypse contained a brief glimpse at one of Wolverine's iconic claws. Jackman's role in X-Men Apocalypse has not been confirmed. There's currently no word on whether or not he'll play a significant role in the film, as he has in previous X-Men films, or if he'll make a brief appearance similar to his cameo in X-Men: First Class.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Wolverine was last seen in the most recent X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past when Mystique, disguised as Colonel Stryker, rescued him from the bottom of the Potomac River after the final battle with Michael Fassbender's Magneto.

The latest X-Men Apocalypse trailer features new footage and a deeper look into what the film has in store for fans. After Xavier is captured or incapacitated by Apocalypse, it appears that Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) lead the students of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters against the film's titular villain: Apocalypse. Among the group of young, inexperienced mutants are a number of fan favorites who make their new-X-Men-timeline debut in this film.

X-Men Apocalypse features a number of new versions of old heroes, establishing itself as the primary film timeline in the X-Men universe, and in this latest Apocalypse trailer, we're given some brand new footage exploring the introduction of these characters. Nightcrawler (Kodi Smith-McPhee) is rescued by Mystique from what appears to be some kind of mutant fighting pit. Similarly, we see Angel (Ben Hardy) in another scene in the fighting pit. Later scenes in the latest X-Men Apocalypse trailer feature a lot of exposition-heavy dialogue between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), outlining their plans to fight against Apocalypse.

The latest X-Men film will be the third in a planned trilogy effectively rebooting the X-Men film franchise. According to Forbes, the latest entry in the series could set the stage for the future of the X-Men film franchise. This year's Deadpool was a smash-hit for 20th Century Fox, which owns the film rights to the X-Men, and the film reportedly takes place within the X-Men universe. However, it remains to be seen if Deadpool took place in the earlier timeline or the new one. Chances are the latest film in the X-Men series will lay the groundwork for 20th Century Fox to take things to the next level: bringing the X-Men film franchise back to the present day and capitalizing on the unexpected (and massive) success of Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool film.

Twentieth Century Fox effectively rebooted the X-Men franchise with X-Men: First Class and solidified that choice with X-Men: Days of Future Past, negating the original X-Men timeline – a decision fans applauded after the critically panned X-Men 3 film, which took the series in a direction many fans disagreed with. Still, according to Cinema Blend, 20th Century Fox has a solid opportunity with the X-Men film series after the critical and box office successes of Days of Future Past and Deadpool.

According to Cinema Blend, the choice made in Deadpool to ignore the version of the character featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was deliberate and may signal that the other version of Deadpool may belong to the original X-Men timeline while the new Deadpool might be in the latest X-Men timeline. It's confusing, and in Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds even poked fun at the timeline shake-up.

X-Men Apocalypse will debut in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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