Like Captain America: Civil War before it, we’re all anxiously waiting for our first look at X-Men: Apocalypse. A leaked teaser appeared earlier this summer (and can be seen above), and it’s already been confirmed that the official trailer will debut ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this month.
An online premiere date has yet to be announced (a week or two before The Force Awakens hits theatres seems at least somewhat likely), but apparently the footage was recently screened at Italian film industry summit CinemaDays Sorrento, and a description of the preview has now surfaced, aligning quite closely with what we saw in the leaked version back in July.
The trailer opens with Jean Grey waking from a nightmare. She tells Professor Xavier something along the lines of, “I have seen the end of the world. There was only death.”
There’s a montage of footage of the young mutants at Xavier’s school, followed by a scene of Moira MacTaggert telling Xavier that they’ve discovered a god-like mutant who may be the origin of the species.
Cut to a shot of an intimidating hooded figure being followed by Psylocke and Storm. They search for mutants, and the hooded figure lists the many names he has been known by over the centuries. He says that the world needs to change, and be remade by mutants. The three of them find Magneto. Magneto asks, “Who are you?” The figure pulls down his hood to reveal the face of Apocalypse.
There’s a montage of the destruction caused by Apocalypse.
We see a shot of Xavier looking frightened. Either he or Jean says, “It can control all of us.” We’re shown two opposing groups of mutants (likely Apocalypse’s Horsemen and Xavier’s students and/or allies). Apocalypse sends a burst of energy through Xavier and his wheelchair, and Jean screams
There’s a slow motion scene of Quicksilver running through the hallway leading towards Cerebro.
Mystique tells Xavier, “I came to fight.”
Professor X enters the Cerebro chamber, and his eyes become black. He says, “I’ve never felt like this before,” and is possibly possessed by Apocalypse.
The final shot is of a bald Professor X.
As mentioned above, other than a few minor changes here and there, this honestly doesn’t sound all that different to the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer which was shown at Comic-Con back in in the Summer. One major difference, however, is that the effects weren’t finished in the earlier version, so whatever ends up being shown before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is likely to be a lot more polished, and will obviously include at least a few brand new shots.
It’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed by the fact that we won’t be getting something entirely fresh here, but based on what’s described above (particularly the shots of Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse), this first look at X-Men: Apocalypse should still be rather epic.