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After spending their time trying to save mutantkind from extinction, everything changes in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, as the newly released official synopsis makes clear. This time around, it’s humanity that should be worrying about its future.
The precis was released as part of a press release announcing a promotional partnership between 20th Century Fox and M&M’s for the movie (as noticed by ComingSoon) — admit it, you always knew that those green M&Ms were some kind of mutation — and reveals important details about the history (and ambition) of Oscar Isaac‘s new villain.
The synopsis reads, “Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.”
There’s a lot to unpack there — not least of all the confirmation that Apocalypse will be the first mutant in the movie version of the X-Men mythology, and that Magneto will continue not to learn from his mistakes when it comes to choosing evil over good every single movie. It also reveals that it’s humanity that’s facing the curtain this time around, and that Raven will be switching sides in what Lawrence claims will be her final appearance in the franchise.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released May 27, 2016. For those convinced that humanity is safe because audiences have already seen the future at the end of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, just remember that we only actually saw mutants in those closing scenes …
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