With three superhero films coming out, 2016 promises to be quite the year for 20th Century Fox. Between Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men: Apocalypse, fans are sure to find at least one flick that’s to their liking. While enthusiasm is at an all-time high for the Deadpool movie, the film that has the longer and deeper film mythology is, of course X-Men: Apocalypse. Following the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse is meant to be the cap that closes off the entire Bryan Singer saga that started with X-Men back in 2000.
So far, all the reaction for the film has been a bit muted. While most are in favor of it in theory, the photos released so far haven’t done much to inspire confidence. With Apocalypse looking a lot like Ivan Ooze, it is a bit hard to take him seriously as a villain. However, one aspect that they do seem to be getting right is in the sets department.
In a recent Instagram post from director Bryan Singer, he teases Apocalypse’s Egyptian origins with a set photo of what looks like Anubis, one of the many deities in the ancient religion.
As you can see in the photo, the set is quite large and very real. This is all very much in keeping in the current trend to bring things back to practical effects and settings, a fact that Singer is proud to tote, as evidenced by the hashtags “#notallgreenscreen.” Of course, the practical approach is a double-edged sword. After seeing the route they've taken with Apocalypse himself, many fans are wishing they'd instead gone for a CG version of the character. Ultimately, however, we'll have to wait for the finished film in order to judge the final product.
Like the previous two films in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse will follow characters Xavier, Magneto, and Mystique, and their never-ending struggle to find their places in the world as mutants—albeit in incredibly different ways from each other. This is also expected to be the film that will merge the timelines in the original X-Men trilogy with the timeline in the current trilogy. How Singer plans on doing that is still up in the air, but it’s a safe bet that time travel will have a lot to do with it, as it always does in X-Men stories.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to star Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar Isaac as the titular villain.
The movie is slated for a May 27, 2016 release.
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