The end is nigh. Well, technically the Apocalypse is nigh, as the latest X-Men movie will hit theaters on May 27.
On Monday, the final X-Men: Apocalypsetrailer for director Bryan Singer’s mutant swan song dropped, and it both unveiled some new details and expounded upon old ones. It’s the newest in the long-running superhero series, and though it’s going to be interesting to see what it has to contribute in the wake of Marvel’s big Captain America: Civil War statement, it’s even more interesting trying to figure out what’s up in the movie itself.
Here are five big questions we have, based on the final trailer.
5. Is this Jennifer Lawrence’s franchise now?
She can’t pay the bills just by appearing in everything David O. Russell does, and without any Hunger Games movies to headline anymore, J-Law needs a franchise. She’s quietly appeared as the blue shapeshifter Mystique in First Class and Days of Future Past already, but the latest trailer for Apocalypse makes it look like she’s running the show at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It’s not like she doesn’t want to stop putting on blue paint. She told Empire, “I am dying to come back, I love these movies, I love being in them. I love ensemble movies because it’s not on anyone’s shoulders.” It seems like she loves X-Men, but this franchise is basically on her shoulders from now on.
4. What will Jubilee’s role be?
Jubilee might be fan service in Apocalypse or she might use her fireworks skills to make a difference. We’re thinking it’s somewhere in the middle. After all, a few Roman candles ain’t gonna be enough to take down a dude who’s named Apocalypse now, will they? The character, whom you might remember from the iconic X-Men cartoon from the 1990s, has actually appeared in three previous X-Men movies, but only as a cameo or walking somewhere in the background. She’s a tough character to break on the big-screen, but considering there look to be dozens of mutants running around, this time hopefully Jubilee can actually use her powers in a constructive way.
3. When will superheroes not fight in decimated wastelands of rubble?
The fighting location of choice for all individuals with superhuman abilities: an urban area completely destroyed to the point of annihilation, of course! Hollywood screenwriters need to come up with a new locale — and not just some third-world country they can just destroy. Man of Steel tried it in the populated area of Metropolis and people did not like it. From the trailer the X-Men look to be fighting somewhere in the middle east, and with all the pyramid imagery and Arabic writing, it’s most likely in Egypt. Couldn’t they just bring it out into the desert where they know no one else will be collateral damage?
2. How is Wolverine in this goddamn movie?
Excuse us for not being 100 percent up on continuity, but these movies don’t seem to bothered by it either. Apocalypse takes place in the ‘80s, presumably before the events of the original X-Men movie. Days of Future Past was all about changing timelines and the like, which means the filmmakers can do whatever the hell they want and keep bringing back younger characters played by more box office friendly actors (J-Law). But the appearance of Wolverine just bugs us because it makes zero sense within the context of the movies. Comic books themselves are usually obtuse and incoherent from series to series, so it makes sense that the movies are doing this too.
1. Where will the franchise go from here?
Hugh Jackman is probably hanging up his claws after Apocalypse, or is he? Jackman has been playing Logan for 16 years and counting, which is a lot to ask of any actor. The, well, apocalyptic storyline of Apocalypse makes it seem like the studio envisions a splintering of movies from here on out, with Jackman quite possibly lined up for a third standalone Wolverine movie, with a New Mutants bent in the main X-Men series after this. We’re sure 20th Century Fox loves making money by making all these X-Men movies, but it’s becoming tiresome.
In the Apocalypse trailer, Nicholas Hoult’s Beast declares, “The world needs the X-Men.” But does it?