With hot anticipation from fans, it looks as though pictures have leaked from the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In these pics, there is a new look at the titular mutant villain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) different from the one shown on Entertainment Weekly‘s cover. There are also pictures showing Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in costume. The final photo shows Olivia Munn (Psylocke) and Ben Hardy (Angel) standing with there stunt doubles, giving us a first look at Angel in his new armor.
Personally, this “new look” of Apocalypse is just leaked promotional art. Otherwise, if I am wrong, then it’s just a different camera perspective of the villain. As for the new suits of the X-Men, I feel that the same problem with costumes of the original X-Men Trilogy movies: they’re all the same, except instead of leather suits they now have armor reminiscent of characters from Days of Future Past. Hopefully there is some difference between each character’s costume.
Now, I want to talk about the look of Angel and the indication that comes from this look. Don’t get me wrong, I think Angel’s Apocalypse armor is pretty cool. However, this does indicate that Angel starts out as a Horseman of Apocalypse. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, let explain: over time, Apocalypse recruits mutants to serve as his champions, known Horsemen, each taking the titles of War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. The most famous Horseman, and my favorite X-Men, is Archangel. After losing his wings in a previous battle, Angel, also known as Warren Worthington III, attempts to kill himself. He is instead rescued by Apocalypse, who mentally and genetically tampers with Warren until he is a servant of Apocalypse. With new metal wings and blue skin, Warren takes the name Archangel and the Horseman title of Death, becoming an enemy to the X-Men until he realizes what he has become and breaks away from Apocalypse. Now, what I am saying is, Angel may actually begin the film already serving Apocalypse, and not have any connection with the X-Men. We already know that Psylocke and Storm (Alexandra Shipp), with Magneto (Michael Fassbender) being recruited as well. But not having an established connection takes away some of the tragedy that befalls Archangel when he’s forced into Apocalypse’s servitude.
The film will also see the return of James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Evan Peters (Quicksilver), along with newcomer Lana Condor (Jubilee). X-Men: Apocalypse is set to release May 27, 2016.