The first official images from X-Men: Apocalypse have been released in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly out yesterday.
The stand-out new character has to be Oscar Isaac's titular villain. Declared by the actor himself as 'the first mutant', he emerges from an Egyptian tomb and enlists the help of a sobered down Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to aid him in his dastardly schemes.
We get first looks at Magneto (in a brand-new costume), Olivia Munn's Psylocke, and the new batch which includes Alexandra Schipp's Storm, Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, Ty Sheridan's Cyclops, Lana Condor's Jubilee and Kodi Smit-McPhee's Nightcrawler. Conspicuous in their absence are Professor X, Beast, Angel and Moira McTaggert. There are also glimpses at Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique (who seems to be in a pally mood with the X-Men this time) and Evan Peter's Quicksilver.
X-Men: Apocalypse is designed to act as both a closer for the current series and a curtain-raiser for a new one, which makes it slightly difficult to muster the kind of excitement that usually accompanies similar releases.
The film will be set ten years after the events of the admittedly excellent X-Men: Days of Future Past, although not much of 80's chic is visible here.
The X-Men series, at this point suffers from an unfortunate overabundance of characters, and these images aren't helping. Promising they might be, but there are just too many of them and it ends up comes off like a promotional dump. The pictures aren't very special, possibly designed just as an introduction for the new cast and a reassurance that the old ones are indeed returning.
X-Men: Apocalypse, which is a sequel to a reboot that also happens to be a prequel, also stars Nicolas Hoult, Rose Byrne, James McAvoy and Ben Hardy and Lucas Till. There might even be a Wolverine cameo. It is written by Simon Kinberg and directed by franchise godfather Bryan Singer.