2016 seems to be one of the best years for superhero lovers everywhere. Not only are we getting a slew of new movies to look forward to, but we’re also getting plenty of epic moments that showcase heroes going head to head because of a difference in ideals. One of the biggest-scale movies that comes out in late May is X-Men: Apocalypse, which is exactly as terrifying as it sounds.
The film will see the X-Men of the 1980s facing the world’s first mutant named En-Sabah-Nur, or “Apocalypse.” He believes that only the strongest survive and will destroy the world until he can rebuild it in the best way he sees fit. He is the most threatening and powerful antagonist that the X-Men have ever faced in the comics, and fans couldn’t be more excited for the movie to be released.
Naturally, like with every other superhero movie, we’ve already seen footage of the film in action, and it’s riddled with secrets and hidden nods that will shed more light on how the movie will turn out. Some of the secrets are really more for comic book lovers, but if you’ve seen the previous films, there will be plenty to sink your teeth into as well. If you’re coming into this new, then keep reading, because everything I’ve got here will be explained for your benefit. You’ll feel like an expert on the film once you’re done reading this.
Here are 10 things you missed in the trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse.
10. Angel to Archangel
In the X-Men comics, when Apocalypse showed up to wreck house, he always brought a group of four mutants that were like his inner circle, called the Four Horsemen. During his war on the X-Men, he chose the mutant Angel to be one of his Horsemen, except the titular villain altered Angel, giving him a mechanical set of wings. He was then renamed Archangel. From the trailers, we get both a shot of Angel with feathered wings and one with recognizable mechanical wings, showcasing that he will indeed be making the same transformation. Angel was previously in X-Men: Last Stand, but it seems like more care will be put into the character this time around.
One of the more surprising things about X-Men: Apocalypse is that it will mark the big screen debut of the mutant Caliban. In the comics, his powers were finding other mutants and bringing them down to his underground community. Eventually Apocalypse finds Caliban in order to use his abilities to locate other mutants and recruit them for his cause. Originally it was thought that he was going to be one of the Four Horsemen, but those names have already been confirmed, so it’s most likely that Caliban will have a more minor role in the film.
8. Fifty Shades of Cyclops
In the original X-Men movies, it was a glorious treat to see Cyclops with the visor that we all love and know so much. Unfortunately, Cyclops has been off-screen for a while. Luckily, he is set to return, but he has a bit of a different look this time around. Instead of the trademark visor, Cyclops instead wears a nice pair of shades that are probably there to help him blend in better. After all, seeing anybody with a visor would immediately out them as a mutant at first glance.
7. Growing Apocalypse
Apocalypse had many powers in the comics, one of them being able to alter his size as he wished. Thankfully, this power will be fully functional in X-Men: Apocalypse, as we get a shot of Professor X going up against the title villain himself. After the professor throws a punch, Apocalypse slams the professor to the ground as he enlarges himself. It’s a scary shot, making me wonder how exactly the X-Men are going to be able to combat something so incredibly powerful. And I’m not just talking about Oscar Isaac.
6. Voice Changing
When the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse debuted at comic con and then eventually on YouTube, everybody threw a fit about Apocalypse’s voice. After all, they were much more used to his voice from the cartoon, which was quite terrifying, I must admit. His voice, instead of sounding powerful and robotic, sounded like a normal man’s voice. Fortunately, with the latest trailer, in the very last line that Apocalypse speaks, there has been some notable altering to his voice to make him sound more like the powerful tyrant we all know and love. Thank you FOX, for listening to your fans. We owe you one.
5. The Scope of Apocalypse’s Powers
Okay, this is the last one about Apocalypse, I promise. Throughout both trailers, we get gratuitous shots of destruction of bridges, cars, and entire cities. It seems as if instead of going for a more realistic and grounded approach, FOX is pulling no punches when it comes to the powers of Apocalypse. In the comics, he essentially had every mutant power you can think of, minus Wolverine’s claws, but when you can turn your arm into a giant death cannon, who needs adamantium? With all of that power, he really earns his name, doesn’t he?
4. It Runs in the Family
Cyclops is present throughout both trailers, and it’s always great to see him back. However, one mutant who first appeared in X-Men: First Class is notably missing – Havok. For those of you who don’t know, Havoc was one of Professor X’s first mutants, and he had very similar powers to Cyclops. This is because Havok actually is related to Cyclops (cinematically it is unconfirmed how they are related). He isn’t present in any of the X-Men: Apocalypse trailers, so perhaps it’s the death of Havoc that inspires Cyclops to make himself an X-Men. Then again, maybe that would make almost too much sense.
3. X-Men Suits
When the first X-Men movie arrived, fans were slightly disappointed to see that the iconic suits from the comics weren’t present. You see, in the comics, there wasn’t one uniform for everyone- everyone had their own unique uniform that was tailored to their special skills. In X-Men:Apocalypse, those suits won’t be making their debut either, but they will be getting new X-Men suits that look more like they came out of the comic books. But don’t worry- at least the villains look like they came straight out of the panels.
2. Horsemen of Revelation
I mentioned the Four Horsemen earlier, so it seems fitting to give a little more background to them. Apocalypse always had four mutants to work with him in the comics, but for the film, it seems that we’ll be getting some different faces to take up the mantle: Magneto, Psylocke, Storm, and Archangel look to be the Horsemen. The Horsemen are also a reference to the book of Revelation in the Bible. During the biblical Apocalypse, there will be Four Horsemen who will be harbingers of some sort for the imminent destruction of the Earth. It seems as if Stan Lee grew up in church.
1. War of the Minds
The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse showcased Professor X using Cerebro for the first time, at least chronologically. It looks as if he will be using it during their war against Apocalypse, as there is a shot of his eyes becoming black with him saying, “I’ve never felt power like this before.” To put in some background, Cerebro is a machine that Professor X can use to magnify his mind powers and find any mutant. My best guess is that he attempted to find Apocalypse and tapped into his mind, but it will definitely backfire, as another shot shows an unconscious Professor X being dragged away by Magneto.