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.


Source: 20th Century Fox

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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:

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.

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.

I may be short, but I got those tall fools on lock now

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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.

#psylocke in training with @oliviamunn

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Wire training for #psylocke @oliviamunn #stickit

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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.

Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Mad Max Fury Road 2015 Movie Review

Thirty years after George Miller’s last romp in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of future Australia, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ delivers on all cylinders. Read my review of one of the most insane action films of recent years. Continue reading

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

WonderCon 2015: Warner Bros. Shares Exciting New ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Clips [UPDATED w/ VIDEOS]

WonderCon 2015 Warner Bros. 'Mad Max Fury Road' Clips

There are many action movies that get released every year, but few and far between come around that change the game and blow our socks off. And just from seeing two short clips during the Warner Bros. WonderCon panel in Anaheim this weekend, Mad Max: Fury Road is definitely that action movie that will raise the bar. After the jump, learn what we saw during the panel and why we believe this could be the greatest action movie of the year. Continue reading

Final ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer Leaves Nothing to Chance [191 Screenshots]

If you’re like me, you’ve been blown away by each and every trailer Warner Bros. has delivered for Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s been 30 years since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and with this final marketing push, the distributor is leaving nothing to chance with less than two months to go. The previous trailers have done a glorious job emphasizing the action and insane visuals to come, and this one takes it even further, perhaps giving away too much.

I normally put the trailer first after the jump, but I just want to issue another warning before you attempt to watch this trailer as it presents a lot of actions scenes that I would consider spoiler territory. It doesn’t verbally give away plot details, but it does confirm what the trailers have teased thus far. And also, we’re all pretty smart people, and if you don’t want to know how certain action set pieces end, then I would definitely not watch this trailer and come back later.

Anyways, if you decided to watch this trailer, it feels like there is almost too much shown, but with less energy? It could be, although as great as it is, the music, which doesn’t feel as exciting here as in the last trailer. If I had to put my finger on it, I think it’s because the context in which the action is presented is all over the place and doesn’t quite give off the same kinetic feeling as the other trailers.

But the biggest offense the trailer commits is the fact that it unloads everything out into the open. It’s like they don’t trust that they’ve already sold us on an incredible product and want to get through to the stragglers who aren’t quite convinced. If for some reason anyone isn’t convinced they should see Fury Road after the first trailer they should reassess their taste in film.

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Here is the official plot synopsis for Mad Max: Fury Road, courtesy of Warner Bros.:

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.  They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Written and directed by George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Kennedy Miller Mitchell. This movie will arrive in theaters on May 15, 2015.


Source: Warner Bros.

First ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Teaser Brings a Lovely Day to a Hopeless World [126 Screenshots]

Mad Max Fury Road Screenshot Tom Hardy 2

We’ve already seen a gorgeous, intense first look come out of Comic-Con 2014, but Warner Bros. has now officially released what they’re calling the first teaser trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. This new high-octane trailer goes big and bold with insane visuals, incredible action sequences, and the Dies Irae Requiem to enhance your viewing pleasure. Watch the trailer and check out our hi-res screenshots after the break. Continue reading

‘X-Men: Days of Future’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 14

X-Men Days of Future Past Blu-Ray Release

As one of 2014’s best films thus far, earning itself $740 million worldwide, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an ambitious whirlwind of fun action-adventure. Releasing on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 14, fans can revisit this marvel of a superhero film along with many fantastic looking special features. Find out extras what you can expect to find after the break. Continue reading

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Official Trailer (126 Screenshots)

Mad Max Fury Road Comic Con Trailer

“Mad” Max Rockatansky’s world of fire and blood returns to the big screen next summer. After debuting almost 10 minutes of footage from Mad Max: Fury Road during the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, the first trailer has arrived. The latest entry in the Mad Max franchise is manic, crazy, and better looking than anything we could have hoped for. Watch the trailer after the break. Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Unites the Best of Both Worlds

'X-Men Days of Future Past' Teaser Trailer

Thanks to the incredible framework established by Bryan Singer in 2000 with X-Men, and the successful prequel directed by Matthew Vaughn, X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past works exceedingly as a thrilling, superior sequel within the expansive roller coaster of the X-Men cinematic universe. Successfully cleansing the palette of past franchise mistakes, Singer successfully unifies two timelines to create one of the most compelling superhero films of all time. Continue reading