X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Teaser Introduces Many New Mutants [75 Screenshots]

The final chapter of the X-Men: First Class saga is coming to a close with the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. As it has been foretold by writer/producer Simon Kinberg, this will supposedly be the last time we may see the recent portrayals of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Professor X (James McAvoy) in action. But fear not, because this teaser is packed full of classic mutants that could potentially take over the franchise.

It may be hard to believe a mutant world without Charles Xavier, but the X-Men franchise has survived without the professor before – in the comics and the ’90s animated series. With how unstable the franchise had become after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, First Class and Days of Future Past have done an incredible job bringing the franchise back into the forefront of superhero films.

X-Men: Apocalypse hosts a slew of new faces playing familiar characters, including Scott Summers aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Ororo Munro aka Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Warren Worthington III aka Angel (Ben Hardy), and Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee); all of whom could take on the mantle of the next group of mutants to hold down the franchise. There are also two new additions Marvel fans will be pleased to see join the X-Men Cinematic Universe such as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke (Olivia Munn). Evan Peters will also be returning as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver.

As for the trailer itself, Apocalypse has always been one of the greatest threats to the X-Men and I am mostly excited by everything I have seen here. I’m curious to see how his world domination plans will affect our graduating First Class heroes and how their chapter will come to a close. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Inside Llewyn Davis) is one of the best, working actors right now, but something has me worried about his role as Apocalypse. The makeup and outfit looks goofy as hell and super villain portrayals in film have never been that well regarded. I am keeping an open mind and I trust Bryan Singer with his direction.

Extended commentary:

  • I’m concerned Sophie Turner’s American accent will be awkward since we know her best from Game of Thrones.
  • Tye Sheridan looks like the perfect Scott Summers.
  • Speaking of which, I wonder how they’ll address his relationship to his brother, Alex Summers aka Havok (Lucas Till).
  • The new X-Men uniforms look pretty neat. It’s kind of funny how they’re more of an upgrade and sleeker than Singer’s first X-Men movie.
  • Magneto looks like a wandering lumberjack. So angsty.
  • Nightcrawler looks far better than his first look reveal in Entertainment Weekly.
  • It will be interesting to see how they bring Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) back after Xavier wiped her mind.
  • What are the odds that Wolverine appears?

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Here’s the motion poster that was released yesterday to tease the trailer:

Here’s the official plot synopsis for X-Men: Apocalypse, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:

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, 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 with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.


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Olivia Munn Gets Psylocke Ready for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

When not deep throating hot dogs, Olivia Munn likes to share her other skills on Instagram. One of the most active cast members behind the scenes of the X-Men: Apocalypse production, aside from director Bryan Singer, Munn can be see training hard to ensure the mutant Psylocke is not to be taken lightly. The results are pretty badass, like this video showcasing her swordplay talents:

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Learned some new tricks…

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Her fiancé, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rogers isn’t quite as skilled, but I’m sure he has mastered a different kind of sword to handle the actress if need and when need be. However, if Rogers ever falls out of line, Munn demonstrates that she’s more than capable if she is disarmed as well.

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Freestyle #latergram @karine_lmx

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I’ve never seen The Newsroom, but I can say that Olivia Munn’s roles in film have never really impressed me. Regardless, seeing her behind the scenes shows how committed to this role she is and deserves a lot of kudos. It takes a lot of discipline and training to be able to perform the stunts she is required, and it’s awesome that she’s learning to do it herself rather than opt-in for a stunt double.

And for hardcore fans worried whether or not Psylocke will have her psi-blade, there should be nothing to fear. In a recent Instagram post by her sister, Sara Potts, Munn was recorded doing some wire stunts with a stand in psi-blade.

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Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy aka Beast, Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers aka Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munro aka Storm, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III aka Angel, and Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Teaser Trailer [56 Screenshots]

First footage of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has arrived with the release of a new teaser trailer; the previous teaser was only a flaming mockingjay symbol with excellent voice over. Adapted from the popular Suzanne Collins novels, the highly anticipated showdown between the Districts and The Capitol will hit theaters November 20; or as Finnick Odair says, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”

As we descend upon the months leading up to the conclusion to Katniss Everdeen’s story, there are still many unanswered questions. What will become of Peeta? (We see him in the Mockingjay Part 2 teaser hugging Katniss instead of strangling her.) Does Coin have a nefarious end game? Katniss is very adamant that Snow pays for what he’s done, but what will that mean to her if she takes him down? (It would appear they come face to face at some point.) What is that black ooze pouring out from the buildings set off by that booby trap?

I, myself, know the answers to these questions as I have read “Mockingjay,” a fairly horrendous end to the trilogy. However, Francis Lawrence and screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong did a pretty spectacular job with Mockingjay Part 1 by weeding out all the BS that plagued the novel. In the book, when Katniss and Co. return to The Capitol with the intent to end President Snow’s tyranny, everything becomes a bit chaotic. We can’t tell from this Mockingjay Part 2 teaser how well everything will turn out, but I have faith in Lawrence and his team that they won’t muck it up.

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Here is the official plot synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, courtesy of Lionsgate:

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, and Evan Ross. The film is set to arrive in theaters on November 20, 2015.


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New ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Poster Destroys President Snow

Whether you’re a fan of The Hunger Games series or not, you have to admit that the mockingjay symbol will forever be engrained in the annals of pop culture for generations to come. Capitalizing on this opportunity, the marketing team behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 have utilized its full potential in the latest revolutionary stand against President Snow and The Capitol.

Bearing similarities to Mockingjay – Part 1’s teaser trailer, we now see the porcelain white statue of President Snow blown to bits with the mockingjay symbol painted on the wall behind it. In the corner a little URL is displayed, revolution.pn, which asks you to “Take a Stand” against the Capitol. Here’s the official Tweet where the poster originated:

And here’s a larger picture that you can click to enlarge:

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 President Snow Statue Movie Poster

Earlier this March, the first teaser trailer for Mockingjay – Part 2 was unleashed. Also taking advantage of the iconic mockingjay symbol, we watch it evolve through its many forms from the franchise. It’s a pretty well conceived teaser as it takes lines of dialogue from each previous entry to build anticipation for the explosive final form. Check it out:

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And of course, here are two previous teaser posters that have been released:


Here is the official plot synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, courtesy of Lionsgate:

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson, and Evan Ross. The film is set to arrive in theaters on November 20, 2015.


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Bryan Singer Confirms Olivia Munn as Psylocke for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Bryan Singer Confirms Olivia Munn as Psylocke for X-Men Apocalypse

As production ramps up for the highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer took to Instagram, as he does, to announce that Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) has been cast for the role of Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke. Munn is among the many new faces joining the X-Men world for this film, alongside Kodi-Smit McPhee, Lana Condor, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner. See Singer’s announcement and learn more about Psylocke after the break. Continue reading

Final Trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Burns Bright (49 Screenshots)

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Final Trailer Burn

Lionsgate has released the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and Katniss has a message for President Snow. It’s a pretty adrenaline fueled trailer that raises the heightened nature of the series. With about three weeks to go , this trailer will surely have fans anxious for its release on November 21. You’ll find the final trailer to watch, along with a handful of screenshots, after the break. Continue reading

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will End ‘First Class’ Movie Storyline

X-Men: Apocalypse Will Most Likely End Trilogy

With their most recent success, X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s no wonder 20th Century Fox would be anxious for a sequel. But according to DOFP writer-producer Simon Kinberg, the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse will most likely be the last chapter in the X-Men: First Class series. With Bryan Singer returning to direct, Apocalypse should be a grand finale for Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy. Learn more after the jump. Continue reading

Katniss Fights Back in New ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Trailer (67 Screenshots)

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

Like the war between the districts of Panem and The Capitol, Lionsgate has been tactfully promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with solid trailers and viral marketing to champion the YA adaptation. The first full-length trailer for Mockingjay – Part 1 arrived today, continuing to build anticipation with great tension and striking visuals. Watch the full trailer after the jump. Continue reading

New Character Posters for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Featuring Natalie Dormer

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 District 13 Character Posters

The big marketing push for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continues with the introduction of some of the newer characters we will be introduced to. The “Rebel Warrior” posters from Lionsgate display members of the resistance living in District 13. Equipped in full militia garb, these citizens of Panem are not fooling around. Check out all six new posters after the break. Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ District 13 Posters Found on Viral Site

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Viral District 13 Posters

The viral marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 between The Capitol and the rebels wages on. Six new posters have been discovered that showcases six of our star players of the rebellion hiding out in District 13. President Coin, Beetee, Haymitch, Effie, Finnick, and Plutarch each have their own. Check them out after the break. Continue reading