The X-Men will return next year in Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix, but before that happens you can now relive the story of the past three movies with this new trailer for the release of the X-Men Beginnings Trilogy boxset.
Though the franchise began on the big screen back in 2000, the series got a new lease of life in 2011 when X-Men: First Class dived back into the past to explore how the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants were formed. Though the likes of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen cast long shadows, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast successfully made the iconic roles their own and are apparently happy to keep on playing them indefinitely.
In the trailer above, arguably the five fan favourite mutants from the trilogy are highlighted. Clips from First Class take us back to Charles Xavier’s younger years as a genius twenty-something who used his telepathy to charm ladies in bars. Erik Lensherr’s pre-Magneto days are also explored with a reminder that he initially helped the X-Men.
Next up, footage from First Class and Days of Future Past showcase the more heroic take on Mystique that the Beginnings trilogy has introduced. Interestingly, Quicksilver also gets his own shout-out, despite only appearing in supporting roles over the previous two movies – a testament to how popular Evan Peters’ portrayal is. Last but not least, the origins of Nicholas Hoult’s Beast are also filled in.
As the video reminds us, the end of X-Men: Apocalypse finally moved Professor X and his team as close to their comic book counterparts as they’ve ever been. With colourful superhero outfits and training in the Danger Room, the scene promised that the beginnings of the X-Men had been concluded and now they’re at their peak. Let’s hope that potential is fulfilled in the upcoming Dark Phoenix, which will hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018.