6 Things We’re Most Excited About in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Take notes DC, this is how you make a comic book movie trailer. With 2016 poised to be the year of superheroes, here are six reasons why X-Men: Apocalypse should be your most anticipated release of the year!

X: Men Apocalypse, James McAvoy, 20th Century Fox
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1. Bald James McAvoy

Let’s be real, mutants are cool and the apocalypse is scary, sure whatever, but we’re really all here to see a bald James McAvoy. The past two X-Men films have both hinted at Professor Charles Xavier losing his hair, but for the first time, we get to see McAvoy’s baldy goodness in all its glory. The move to shave Professor X’s head might be more than just fan service too. In X-Men: First Class, Beast suggests than Cerebro might work better if Professor X shaves his head. Could a bald James McAvoy be the key to defeating Apocalypse? Probably not, but at least it looks good.

2. Young X-Men


Director Bryan Singer has called X-Men: Apocalypse a “kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters” and the “true birth of the X-Men”. One of the things we’re excited about are all the new versions of our favorite mutants including Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy), Jubilee (Lana Condor), and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner).

Turner will be the second Game of Thrones actor to appear in the X-Men franchise after her onscreen husband Peter Dinklage. Hopefully things go better for her in X-Men than they did in Game of Thrones this season. One question we’ve all been wondering is “Why do the X-Men look different from their older incarnations?” Well basically all the time-traveling in X-Men: Days of Future Past broke the space-time continuum. In other words, it’s a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.

3. Michael Fassbender will make you cry

You should probably bring some tissues to the theater. Bryan Singer admitted that Michael Fassbender made him openly weep during filming, “Michael Fassbender did something so wonderful in this movie… We’re at the end of the scene, and he asked me not to call cut and when the scene was over, he continued and did something that made me cry in the tent; I’ve never done that before.”

4. And so will Oscar Isaac

Singer called Oscar Isaac, who plays Apocalypse, one of “the three greatest living actors in cinema” (along with co-stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) and as we can see from the trailer, Apocalypse is the darkest villain in the series so far.

“In the X-Men there really are two leaders: Erik/Magneto his Brotherhood and Professor Xavier and his X-Men,” Singer explained, “Apocalypse presents a new mutant leader, a super-charismatic leader that will draw people to his cause. But he’s not just somebody who’s out there destroying the world because he can. What he’s doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a really compelling, coherent philosophy.”

5. Post-Credit Scene

Earlier this year, we got out first glimpse of Ryan Reynolds as Deapool after he berated a group of trick-or-treaters dressed as the X-Men and encouraged them to “start a little fucking crime.”

Post-credits scenes are more common than a Spider-Man origin story, so it’s widely assumed that X-Men: Apocalypse will have one. With Deadpool’s standalone movie slated for release in February 2016, we’re holding out hope that the post-credit sequence will confirm or at least hint at a sequel for the “Merc with a Mouth.” Another possibility is the standalone Gambit movie, although filming on the Channing Tatum movie won’t start until spring 2016.

6. Possible Patrick Stewart Cameo?

Although he’s not actually in the movie, former Professor X actor Patrick Stewart joked that he would be willing to play Mystique should Jennifer Lawrence back out of the role saying, “I am so ready to be naked, painted blue and the world is ready for it too.” Yes, yes we are.