So the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer made its bow last night to a worldwide audience of millions of hyperventilating geeks. And while this isn’t a Civil War in the vein of Marvel’s, we see familiar friendships from the comics inverted, with some very specific match-ups teased that will leave fanboys salivating.
And while heroes have been turned into villains and vice versa in the previous X-Men movies (c.f. Pyro and the female Angel), this is the first time we’ve seen it on this scale. Here’s a list of five reasons X-Men: Apocalypse is a Mutant Civil War writ large.
1Charles vs Erik
It’s the bromance that has spawned 10,000 memes and fanfics, and the fulcrum on which the X-Men movies has swung since 2011. Welcome back, McFassy: We’ve missed you.
There’s very little fun and games for Erik a.k.a. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) this time round. Fassbender told Screenrant in January that he ‘s doing “penance” while trying to protect his new family:
“Erik is basically living a normal life, has a family, has fallen in love, and has basically disappeared for the last eight years or so. He doesn’t use his powers, has left that life behind and lives a sort of simple life… I think he’s serving his family, you know. He does what he does so he can provide shelter and security for his family.”
And there’s a very sinister air to his interaction with Charles (James McAvoy) in the trailer, as he goes from schemer to servant. Is Erik (not to mention the other Horsemen) being manipulated against his will? Will Charles end up being corrupted too?
2Cyclops vs Storm
This is a match-up that’s particularly significant, given the two characters’ history in the comics. Both Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp) have served as leaders of the X-Men, and both have also taken turns to go rogue (see what I did there). They were also close friends for a time, but have grown apart in recent years.
But these aren’t two mutant veterans taking each other on: It’s two novices going head to head. And if their power sets match up to those of their counterparts in the comics, it’s going to be one hell of a contest.
3Angel vs Nightcrawler
Warren Worthington III a.k.a. Angel (Ben Hardy) was a happy, carefree character until Apocalypse got his hands on him and grafted metallic wings onto his back (c.f. Fall of the Mutants story line). Kurt Wagner a.k.a. Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) was once part of a traveling circus, a gentle soul reviled for his looks.
So what happens when the cinematic versions of Angel (why isn’t he blue??) and Nightcrawler clash? Kurt doesn’t have a history with Warren the way he does with Mystique or Wolverine in the comics, so it’ll be fun to see what Bryan Singer and co do with him.
4Psylocke vs Beast
Elisabeth Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke (Olivia Munn) is a character with a somewhat tangled history in the comics. Once blonde and English, she got merged with an assassin named Kwannon and basically got turned into a ninja – complete with self-generated psychic katana. She rather does have a dark side, so it’s not that difficult to imagine her serving Apocalypse.
Meanwhile, the genteel Hank McCoy a.k.a. Beast (Nicholas Hoult) has a dark side of his own – and is a good friend to Betsy, to boot. So it’s going to be loads and loads of fun to watch these two character kick seven shades out of each other on screen.
The X-Men: Apocalypse Singapore release date has been set for May 19. Also, check out our list of 20 geek movies you must absolutely watch this year.