Next stage in the evolution of the X-Men
In the new Marvel movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, things look decidedly bleak for our favourite mutants. The end is nigh as an ancient, powerful mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac, inset photo), rises and assembles his four horsemen, including arch enemy of the X-Men Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender. The new release looks like it could be the franchise’s most visually ambitious project yet with superpowered action left and right. Director Bryan Singer says: “This one is global destruction, god-like characters… a much bigger film. “But we never lose the heart and the characters; we cling to those because they are very important. “But there will definitely be a lot more spectacle this time around.” James McAvoy reprises his role as the powerful telepath and teacher Professor X, leader of the X-Men. This time, his character goes a bit radical. He says: “Xavier’s worst fears begin to surface and he has to mature to the realities of a world in the hands of an evil mutant. In some ways he has to become more militant and more like Magneto.” Based on the trailers, fans also will finally know how the professor will lose his luscious locks. “When we finally shaved it off we decided to FaceTime Patrick Stewart (who plays old Professor X in the other movies) so he could pass on the baldy baton. We thought it was funny when he asked if he could have some of the hair, but it turns out the director bagged it up for him and he now has all my hair at home in a safe.” But the producers weren’t initially pleased. McAvoy adds: “I shaved it months before to see what it would look like and turned up on the shoot with about two month’s growth and they were like, ‘What have you done?’ and I had to have the first of 17-hour hair extensions sessions.”
In cinemas tomorrow.