Aligning with the film’s May release window, Empire has elected X-Men: Apocalypse to be its cover star for next month’s issue, promising scores of tidbits relating to Bryan Singer’s mythic threequel.
But before delving into the finer details of Fox’s imminent blockbuster, the outlet has premiered a pair of new stills – featuring a pre-Archangel Ben Hardy and Oscar Isaac’s deity on the cusp of a revival – along with April’s appropriately apocalyptic subscriber’s cover.
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Flanked by his Four Horsemen – Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Archangel (Ben Hardy) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn), all imbued with additional power – Isaac’s formidable megavillain certainly means business, and his arrival only spells doom for man and mutantkind alike.
Joining Isaac, Hardy, Shipp, Fassbender and Munn for the superhero threequel are Game of Thrones starlet Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.
There’s a new big bad emerging onto the mutant scene, and his name is En Sabah Nur. Yes, Oscar Isaac’s ancient deity looms on the horizon, with X-Men: Apocalypse pegged for release on May 27.
“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.”