20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, and it seems pretty safe to say that the world of Marvel’s movie mutants is going to get a lot bigger in the next installment of the franchise — right before it all falls apart.
Yes, things are certainly looking grim for Charles Xavier and his team of mutant heroes.
The new trailer clocks in at just over 180 seconds of intense action, and not only introduces the film’s titular villain, Apocalypse (played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Oscar Isaac), but also the host of new mutants that will be joining the cast in the 2016 film. Among them is Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn as Psylocke, and Lana Condor as Jubilee. All of these new characters can be seen in the new trailer at various points.
Described by director Bryan Singer as the conclusion of a trilogy that began with 2011’s X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse also features a large returning cast of characters from the previous films. James McAvoy reprises his role as the mutant telepath Charles Xavier, along with Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, and Lucas Till as Havok (the energy-manipulating mutant he played in First Class).
The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:
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 (Michael Fassbender), 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 (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters May 27, 2016.