Ever the advocate of sharing the ol’ behind-the-scenes snap from set, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has revealed another image from the hotly-anticipated sequel that not only hints at a decimated Cairo, but also confirms the film’s time period as 1983.
What this means is that the rubble and ruins pictured are situated in the present, rather than acting as part of the villain’s origins via a flashback. Despite taking place a full decade after the events of Days of Future Past, Singer’s superhero flick will tackle the topic of ancient mutantism, with Apocalypse rounding up his Four Horsemen – namely Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Ben Hardy’s Angel – to rule over both humans and mutants.
Here’s Singer’s post from Instagram:
While it isn’t openly confirmed, it seems safe to assume that it is Oscar Isaac’s titular, power-mongering deity that cripples the Egyptian capital. As the first entity to wield the mutant gene, Apocalypse wields tremendous power, and it’s a character that Singer can’t wait to bring to the big screen.
“Apocalypse is a pretty cool character,” Singer enthuses of the villain played by Oscar Isaac. “X-Men is always centered around the fight between mutants and humans. This one is a bit different, it deals with the concept of ancient mutantism, gods and men. It deals with issues that are global. Apocalypse makes no distinction between humans and mutants, only between the weak and the strong. He as a character is what is so ultimately compelling.”
Starring James McAvoy as Professor X, Isaac as Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggery, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Lucas Till as Havoc, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Lana Condor as Jubilee, Ben Hardy as Angel and Tómas Lemarquis as Caliban.
X-Men: Apocalypse will bring the titular menace and his Four Horsemen to the big screen on May 27, 2016.