Exploring That “X-Men: Apocalypse” Trailer

In the wake of the release of the “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailer the other day, lots more information about the film has come to light – mostly from its director Bryan Singer through various press outlets. Breaking down the trailer with Empire, Singer touched upon a number of topics. Here’s a breakdown:

Awoken from an extended slumber, the first mutant is keen on destroying and rebuilding a world that has effectively forgotten him. Thus his motivation is that he sees a world of free thought as one that’s broken: “It bears no respect or devotion to him – that’s the big giant ego of the old God. All of it lacks symmetry, order and devotion to him. It needs to be culled. It needs to be wiped away and rebuilt again.”

The hiding of the character’s face in all but two brief shots in the trailer was a deliberate choice: “I like that you just see bits and pieces, It forces you to look at not just his face, but his costume, the scale, the strangeness, the inscription, the technology. It makes you want to lean around the corner to get a better look.”

The character can change his physical size in the comics, becoming a gigantic version of himself. Singer will incorporate this but in an unexpected way: “It’s part of the mythology of Apocalypse’s size, but I couldn’t go full Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man where he’s just Giant Apocalypse, swatting at things. I did something a little interesting in how I addressed the size thing, but I think the audience will get a kick out of it.”

The Apocalypse vs. Charles Xavier Fight
The trailer gives us a shot of Apocalypse fighting Charles Xavier with the former increasing in size and pinning Charles to the floor. It has been speculated said fight isn’t in real life but rather on an astral plain whilst Charles is hooked into Cerebro: “”The two of them really go at it: The end of the movie becomes an all-out battle with a force that’s very formidable. He’s a hard man to break, Apocalypse. It’s why he thinks he’s God.”

Young Mutants
Mystique reluctantly takes on a leadership role in this outing: “She works alone. The very last thing she wants to be is in charge of a group of young mutants. But we find everybody at a certain place in the movie and take them to the very opposite of where they started.” Beast will also be carrying a torch for her with that romance subplot likely finished up in this one.

It turns out Singer is using a different version of that scene between a young Jean Grey and Charles that we see at the start of the trailer: “The take I used for the movie is a less sincere take, In the movie it’s an intense moment, a psychic moment happens between them and the take is a much more suspicious take.”

Amongst other little tidbits – Cyclops will be brought to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters by no one other than his older brother Alex/Havok (Lucas Till), the bald character seen in a shot with Storm is indeed Caliban

Evan Peters returns as Quicksilver for another key sequence in the film, one even more elaborate than that in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Singer says the new scene is tonally different to the Pentagon sequence, and “a little bittersweet”. He also talked about the complexity of the scene: “There’s one sequence that took one and a half months to shoot for three minutes of film. It involves the most complex camera moves, very sophisticated explosive algorithms, 3D Phantom cameras travelling at 50mph while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Evan worked more days on this movie than any other actor because of this one sequence.”

Singer says that Apocalypse’s monologue is directed toward Magneto in the film, a character the villain finds and whom is now merely a shell of his former self – thus allowing him to be seduced by Apocalypse’s allure: “He’s found Erik at the most vulnerable place in his life, He’s searching for God. Remember, he was a young Jew in a concentration camp when he first lost his family and now here comes this man who was, is, or claims to be God. The power of persuasion is Apocalypse’s greatest power. [Erik] is one of the most pivotal characters. Fassbender really delivers here in non-traditional comic book style. There are scenes here you will not see in any other comic book movie. I really think Erik goes through one of the most complex journeys in the movie.”

Bald Xavier
That shot with McAvoy looking at us is not him looking at the audience and is a part of the story: “He’s not looking at the camera… He’s looking at something else. And that’s in the film. You’ll see it.” Singer also confirmed the shot uses “the original chair from the first movie”.

That isn’t all though, Singer participated in a Twitter Q&A regarding the film the other day, you can see his answers below: