Way back in 2000, Bryan Singer‘s X-Men came along and effectively kick-started the superhero genre. Sure, Batman and Superman had been on the big screen but nobody had ever imagined that comics could be a viable movie commodity.
Over the last fifteen years the franchise has continued to impress on a commercial and artistic level and when you think the series has hit a dead end it manages to reinvent itself. It now looks like the latest (prequel) trilogy of X-Men is reaching a crescendo with X-Men: Apocalypse.
The stakes look bigger, the special effects more spectacular and the cast is growing. Movies in Focus was left deflated by X-Men: Days Of Future Past (read the review), so I hope this delivers.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped 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 starring (deep breath) James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy opens in May 2016.