‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: First Clip Finds Rose Byrne Explaining the Villain’s Origins

     April 28, 2016


20th Century Fox has unveiled the very first X-Men: Apocalypse clip, and it’s all about the film’s titular villain. After director Bryan Singer made his return to the franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s at the helm once again with Apocalypse, which takes place in 1983, a decade after the events of DOFP. The X-Men world is now forever changed after Mystique outed herself on national television by saving President Nixon, so Apocalypse will give us an X-Men universe we’ve never seen before. But while the story introduces younger versions of even more famous mutants, it also involves the biggest stakes yet, as Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse assembles a band of baddies to essentially take over the entire world.

This clip finds the triumphant return of Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, doing her best Dana Scully lookalike impression as she explains to James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier and Lucas Till’s Havoc the origins and cult following of the villainous Apocalypse. It’s a fairly exposition-heavy scene and features footage we’ve seen before in the film’s trailers, but I’m interested to see how the adult Havoc figures into the story—last we saw the character, he was fighting in Vietnam.

Check out the first X-Men: Apocalypse clip below, and if you missed my massive interview with Singer, click here. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy, Josh Helman, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Lana Candor. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27th.

Peruse links to our recent X-Men: Apocalypse coverage below:

Here’s the official synopsis for X-Men: Apocalypse:

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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