X-Men: Apocalypse Review
May 18, 2016
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Outfits of the characters
Particularly with Psylocke, Storm, Cyclops and Mystique, the outfits and characters’ looks were designed to pay homage to their comic book counterparts, differently from past films when the X-men used standard black leather uniforms. Cyclops’ costume is taken from Jim Lee’s blue and yellow design in the 90s.
Relationship between Erik and Charles
According to Simon Kinberg, this is the final film in the First Class story arc, which also consisted of X-Men: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Kinberg calls this film the culmination of Xavier and Lensherr’s relationship: “First Class was about Erik becoming empowered, the origin story of a man’s power. Days of Future Past was about Charles becoming empowered, a guy who is a mess but masterminds the end of a massive event. This film has them both at their peak and finally going at each other!”
When arriving at Storm’s home Apocalypse interacts with the television. The TV shows the Star Trek episode Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais? (1967) which features a superior powered being acting as a God in an attempt to control mortal men in a mirror story to Apocalypse’s own behavior.
Origin of the mutants on earth
Bryan Singer chose Apocalypse as the antagonist to examine the origins of mutants on Earth: “It deals with ancient mutantism, the origins of the mutant state; or the origin of gods and religion. There’s a mixture of ancient religion and cultism in the character of Apocalypse.”
Wheelchair in the teaser trailer
Conclusion of 6 X-MEN Films.
Bryan Singer has called this film “kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters” and the “true birth of the X-Men”
Apocalypse as a mutant acting as a god
Bryan Singer describes Apocalypse as a mutant acting as a god, saying: “Apocalypse’s from an ancient time and doesn’t understand he’s a mutant. He thinks of himself as more of a god. He’s a hard man to break, it’s why he thinks he’s God. And the big giant ego of the god is that the world lacks order and respect/devotion to him. It needs to be culled, it needs to be wiped away and rebuilt.”
Apocalypse’s quote, “Everything they built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we’ll build a better one!” is almost a direct quote of his from the animated series X-Men(1992) (“From the ashes of this world, I will build a better one!”).
According to Bryan Singer..
Bryan Singer had turned down X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) to make Superman Returns (2006). This film uses concepts he had planned to use in The Last Stand.
It was initially rumored that the film would be the final film of the “X-Men” film franchise. The rumor was false and it was later on stated that two more films “X-Force” and “X-Men: The New Mutants” were planned
Preparation for the role(sword-fighting)
For her role as Psylocke, Olivia Munn was advised by James McAvoy to practice sword-fighting: “I learned to use a regular sword with both hands, so I can switch in between a real sword and a CGI blade. It’s more work for the special effects guys but it’s pretty cool.”
This is the first film ever to feature all of the major “blue” mutants — Mystique, Beast, and Nightcrawler all have major roles in the film. However, Dr Hank McCoy (Beast) does appear outside of his blue form in X-Men 2
Preparation for the role(Jean Grey)
To prepare for her role as Jean Grey, Sophie Turner studied Famke Janssen’s performance as Grey in the previous X-Men films.
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RT/Meta Critic Review
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