If you’re not following Bryan Singer on social media, you might want to rectify this situation. The X-Men: Apocalypse director has been keeping all his fans abreast of the latest first looks and updates from the set. Thanks to his sweet Instragramming, we’ve already seen some of the ‘80s mall set and the new Jean Grey (Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) and Jubilee (newcomer Lana Condor). His latest update is his most teasing and foreboding image yet.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Summers. They are the parents of mutant brothers Scott/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Alex/Havok (Lucas Till), and whatever they’re watching on the TV is what Singer calls “the end of the world as they know it.” Bummer! In previous interviews, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg teased that X-Men: Apocalypse will have as much anarchy and destruction as one would expect from a disaster/monster movie. Only this time, the monster is an ancient mutant and the “Thanos” of the X-Men universe, Oscar Isaac’s En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse. So we can only imagine what the Summers are watching play out on screen. Could it have something to do with their super-powered children?
Perhaps they are watching Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen do their dirty work. In addition to the mutant’s awesome powers, he surrounds himself with four mutants to act as his hands. There have been a couple iterations of these figures in the comics, but they all are typically in dark places when Apocalypse finds them. From there, he brainwashes them and physically enhances their abilities. We already know that Archangel (Ben Hardy) will make an appearance, presumably as Death, but the identity of the other three are still unknown.
It’s unclear how much Havok, who appeared briefly in Days of Future Past, will be involved with Apocalypse, but the other, more famous member of the Summers family is said to play a major part. Sheridan is joined by Turner and Condor, as well as Kodi Smit-Mcphee as Nightcrawler, Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Alexandra Shipp as Storm, all of who are newcomers to the X-Men movie-verse. Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Rose Bryne (Moira MacTaggert) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) will all reprise their roles, while Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Channing Tatum (Gambit) are rumored to make appearances. Knowing how Singer likes to populate his X-Men movies with too many mutants to count, even if only as background players, expect more casting to be announced in the near future.
X-Men: Apocalypse is coming to theaters on May 27, 2016, at which point we’ll hopefully be as horrified as the Summers are for the end of the world.