So X-Men: Apocalypse hasn’t lit the world on fire. Sitting in the awkward place between commercially and critically beloved (Captain America: Civil War) and commercially and critically disappointing (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Apocalypse was lost in the superhero shuffle, being neither good nor great. ‘X-Meh’, as Slash Film’s review so succinctly put it.
But no fear, Captain Hindsight is here! Oli reckons he knows how the overstuffed, underdeveloped plot and characters of X-Men: Apocalypse could have been better served: split the film in two, a la the final Hunger Games and Harry Potter movies…
This is an extract from the Flickering Myth Podcast #28 (1st June, 2016). Subscribe on iTunes.
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
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X-Men: Apocalypse is out now, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with new additions Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel, Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) as Psylocke and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee.
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