X-Men: Apocalypse
“Suck it, James!” ©20th Century Fox

Welp. The first reviews of the third big superhero get-together (after Civil War and BvS) of the year are in, and they’re not looking pretty. Brace yourselves, geeks.

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At the time of this post, the movie has a 50 per cent rating on both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, with most reviews giving it a huge “meh”. The Guardian gave it three stars, saying the film had “lots of bangs for your bucks but the loopiness is lost”. Meanwhile, USA Today said Apocalypse was “overpacked” and “underwhelming”, while Forbes was less kind, calling it a “franchise-killing disaster”.

Hitfix said the movie “should please fans”, but also that it was “awfully familiar”. And The Independent basically summed it all up: A chorus of ‘meh’ (but not as bad as Batman v Superman).

X-Men Apocalypse trailer
He never liked bad reviews. ©20th Century Fox

Of course, what the reviewers are saying may not be the collective opinion, especially when most of the people who want to see the movie haven’t had a chance to. So there’s a chance that your opinion will differ vastly from what the early reviews are saying.

Let’s also not forget that the early reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were “very positive”, though how much of that is actually a masterful PR campaign is up for debate.

Bryan Singer’s trilogy was supposed to cap off a resounding resurgence for the X-Men franchise, which had been left floundering in the aftermath of the big bang that was the Marvel Cinematic universe.

A poor showing from X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and a Wolverine movie which is best left unmentioned was followed by the successful X-Men: First Class (2011), a less awful Wolverine movie, Days of Future Past (2014), and of course, this year’s early hitter, Deadpool (see our review).

After Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, expectations for X-Men: Apocalypse were high… and perhaps overly so. Regardless of the reviews, fans (like myself) will watch the movie regardless. Here’s hoping the early reviews are overwhelmingly wrong.

The X-Men: Apocalypse Singapore release date has been set for May 19.