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They’ve triumphed over evil mutants and evil mutant-hunting robots, but as the first trailer for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse teases, perhaps seemingly immortal mutants with dangerous ideologies and blue faces will succeed where all other threats have failed and undo Charles Xavier’s dream of human/mutant peaceful co-existence once and for all.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an X-Men movie without morally compromised characters. This time around, however, it’s not Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique who’s walking the line between good and evil, but Michael Fassbender’s Magneto who falls under the thrall of the mysterious Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).
While Mystique’s allegiance with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) might surprise longtime fans of the comic book franchise, it’s nothing compared to seeing Alexandra Shipp’s Storm apparently standing alongside the bad guys this time around, with Ben Hardy’s Archangel also on the wrong side of the conflict. No wonder Xavier is willing to go to new lengths — including finally adopting the iconic bald look — to stop Apocalypse’s plan of cleansing the world of humans.
Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse also stars Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne and Evan Peters, with Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Lana Condor and Kodi Smit-McPhee joining the cast as new(-ish) mutants Cyclops, Jean Grey, Jubilee and Nightcrawler. The movie will be released May 27, 2016.
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