Let’s Talk About The New X-Men Apocalypse Trailer
Bryan Singer has never directed an X-Men movie I didn’t like. The original came along at a time when superhero movies were not taken seriously. The word campy was forced out of the superhero genre paving the way for the shared universe model we enjoy today. Giant superhero movies are released monthly these days yet even with that kind of over saturation, I’m still excited for all of them. Almost.
X-Men: Days of Future Past successfully relaunched a fractured timeline and reset the universe for all new stories to be told. In that way, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like the first film of a new era. (Especially when coupled with the monumental success of Deadpool.)
The second trailer for X-Men Apocalypse is here and it’s just as action packed as the teaser. It’s got a brilliant soundtrack and features every hero and villain we know of. (Though I don’t expect many surprises.) It’s a trailer that should have got my heart racing… But it didn’t. So why am I not excited for arguably the biggest X-Men film to date?
THE SHADOW OF DC & MARVEL
Like it or not, those two films exist and they have completely dominated the headlines in the last few months. X-Men: Apocalypse deserves to be in the same league as those films. But don’t you get the sense that it’s not? That’s the feeling I get. Granted, that can all change once DC and Marvel’s gladiator battles come to an end. Fans wanting more epic superhero action will only have to wait a few weeks before X-Men arrives in May. Can it live up to the hype? That depends. To me, everything depends on the latest X-Men supervillain.
The titular villain of the story still seems goofy to me. When the first images of Oscar Isaac in character surfaced, the internet collectively laughed. Soon after, official images surfaced and people began to understand Bryan Singer’s vision of the character. I still don’t. He looks just as goofy as ever and certainly not intimidating. Perhaps, watching him in action will change my mind. I hope. Growing like Alice in Wonderland and slamming professor X into a wall is less imposing than the Queen of Heart’s guards.
THE FOUR HORSEMEN
The new batch of X-Men movies have always focused on Professor X, Magneto and Mystique. Those three characters have carried the franchise with their dramatic triangle of contrasting beliefs. Having said that, I really hope Magneto and the rest of the horsemen aren’t brainwashed. If Apocalypse influences them I’m okay with it but nothing is more frustrating than a character forced to act against his own will. (Ask Jeremy Renner how he felt about Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers) Maybe I’m just confused about the mythology surrounding Apocalypse and his servants.
TIME TRAVEL IS TRICKY
Time travel is often used as a convenient method to fill clumsy plot holes. Fans were able to forgive the holes left after Days of Future Past because of the unforgivable damage films like The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine caused.
But… We now have a world where time travel is possible. When I finally get to see the film, I’m scared I’ll be thinking “Can’t they just travel back in time and change [insert unfortunate life changing event]?”
Right… Part of me is dreading the finale of this film. The trailers make it seem like we will get a bunch of tournament style 1 on 1 matchups before the final confrontation. I’m not saying it will be like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation buuuuuuuut…
Obviously I give Bryan Singer all the credit in the world for crafting spectacular moments and action sequences so I’m not that worried. But the trailers promise all-out war and that’s what I’m hoping for.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS X-MEN MOVIE?
Let’s face it. I’m 97% my mixed feelings about X-Men Apocalypse are wrong and could easily be blamed on the marketing.
Apocalypse has the potential to be one of the most iconic comic book movie villains of all time. Along with his four horsemen, we could be in for one of the most explosive third acts in any movie.
Bryan Singer doesn’t make bad movies as far as I’m concerned. I’m just concerned that I’m not that excited for this one. It’s my hope that my opinion is dead wrong and X-Men: Apocalypse turns out to be extremely entertaining.
We’ll find out soon on May 27, 2016!