X - MEN: APOCA­LYPSE THE ES­SEN­TIAL S

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Back to the fu­ture! X- Men: First Class was set against the jit­tery but stylish back­drop of the early ’ 60s Cold War. Days Of Fu­ture Past moved the mu­tants to the hairy, funky ’ 70s. Apoca­lypse up­dates the ac­tion to the ’ 80s – specif­i­cally 1983, the era of Ron­ald Rea­gan, Men With­out Hats and Mu­tu­ally As­sured De­struc­tion ( we know the ti­tle refers to the movie’s vil­lain but does it also hint at the very con­tem­po­rary threat of nu­clear apoca­lypse too?). There’s said to be a touch of Span­dau Bal­let about James McAvoy’s wardrobe choices in this one – we’re think­ing Soul Boy suit rather than New Ro­man­tic kilt ’ n’ blouse combo – while the new Nightcrawler is rock­ing a jacket straight from Thriller era Michael Jack­son. Oh, and look for Re­turn Of The Jedi play­ing at the movies… Michael Fass­ben­der re­turns as master of mag­netism Erik Lehn­sh­err. Apoca­lypse may sig­nal the end of his cur­rent deal with Fox but he’s up for more me­tal- warp­ing ac­tion be­yond the tril­ogy’s con­clu­sion. “I will shoot a hun­dred of them,” he tells Va­ri­ety. “The con­tract is in three- film deals, and this is the last of that. But I’ll be cu­ri­ous to see what hap­pens next.” But it’s good­bye to Jen­nifer Lawrence as morally am­bigu­ous shape- shifter Mys­tique. “It’s my last one,” she con­firms, doubtlessly rel­ish­ing the prospect of life be­yond blue paint and pros­thetic glue. Apoca­lypse is ru­moured to crank up the ro­mance be­tween Mys­tique and Mag­neto, cap­i­tal­is­ing on the A- list chem­istry of Lawrence and Fass­ben­der – lit­tle won­der, given how both stars have risen in the Hol­ly­wood fir­ma­ment since 2011’ s First Class. There’s also talk of a hot mu­tant love tri­an­gle be­tween Mys­tique, Mag­neto and Beast ( that’s love tri­an­gle, we stress, not a pre­pos­ter­ously kinky su­per­pow­ered three­some). Ni­cholas Hoult is back as the blue- furred bof­fin. Jen­nifer Lawrence is back in blue for one last X- out­ing. Evan Peters’ cocky speed­ster Quick­sil­ver of­fi­cially stole Days

Of Fu­ture Past and he en­cores in Apoca­lypse, this time with a meatier role – and an ex­panded power set. “Hope­fully we can do some more unique things with his pow­ers,” pro­ducer Si­mon Kin­berg tells

IGN, “and go a lit­tle deeper with the char­ac­ter too.” Lu­cas Till re­turns as Ha­vok, now con­firmed to be Scott ( Cy­clops) Sum­mers’ brother Alex. We’ll also meet the par­ents of the Sum­mers sib­lings. Tye Sheri­dan will be un­leash­ing the op­tic blasts as the new Cy­clops, in­her­it­ing the ruby quartz lenses from James Mars­den. Sheri­dan made his big- screen de­but in Ter­rence Mal­ick’s The Tree

Of Life and starred along­side fel­low X- Man Ni­cholas Hoult in Dark Places. We’re promised a slightly edgier take on Scott, po­ten­tially less whole­some than

We’ve al­ready seen Apoca­lypse build­ing pyra­mids at the end of Days Of Fu­ture Past.

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