We all knew it was a matter of time.
I know I’m late to the game on this but the past few days have been kind of crazy and I wanted to talk about this!
The final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse released yesterday and boy was it a doozy. I’ve been pretty negative on everything we’ve seen thus far (case in point) but I have to admit, this is the best damn trailer we’ve seen for the film.
This trailer gave us a better look at Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. I’ve made fun of this design multiple times, and will probably continue to do so, but this trailer finally managed to buy into this character. He had such an intimidating presence finally, and his voice has greatly been altered to where it’s pretty alien sounding. All in all, I’m much more optimistic for Apocalypse as a character now than I was in the original trailer.
It gave us our first look at Wolverine in the film. Literally, a single look. We see his claws do the iconic *snkit* and that was about it. Until this trailer it wasn’t even confirmed if Wolverine was going to be in X-Men: Apocalypse, so it’s nice to finally have some confirmation. I feel his role will be pretty small, whatever it is. My best guess is it will be shortly after escaping from the Weapon-X program and we’ll get an adaptation of this look:
Other than that, we got a little more insight on the new Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Storm which I enjoyed. Noticeably absent of any lines in the trailer was Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey. Methinks it’s due to her terrible American accent from previous trailers, and Fox is trying to downplay it. I’m really nervous about her performance, but I guess we’ll see how it turns out.
With all that in mind, the trailer still gave WAY too much expanded focus to Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. Her role in the film feels cynical to me. The only reason there has been such an extreme character shift in Mystique is due to the insane popularity of Jennifer Lawrence, and it’s obvious. The character doesn’t fit as the leader of the X-Men, and Lawrence looks about as bored of Mystique as I am. She looks like she’s phoning in her performance, and the generic, made for the trailer lines certainly don’t help.
X-Men has always had a problem giving too much focus to one character at the expense of the ensemble. Initially Wolverine got the large majority of the focus, and while I hated not getting to spend a lot of time with other X-Men, at least Wolverine felt true to character and fit within the framework of the X-Men. Now that Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine is winding down, Mystique seems to be taking on that role. But the reasoning in universe doesn’t hold up.
So yeah, some good, some bad. I’m still not sure how I feel about X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m not a huge fan of Bryan Singer’s vision for the X-Men, and Apocalypse seems to be more of the same. Hopefully I’m wrong though.
Check out the trailer for yourselves here:
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27th.