It was the biggest day of Comic-Con 2015, with big trailer reveals from Warner Bros. and Legendary, and the final movie studio to take the stage in Hall H is Twentieth Century Fox.
On show today were teases from upcoming X-Men movie universe installments Deadpool and Fantastic Four, but the big finisher was X-Men: Apocalypse. The massive cast – including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac and Jennifer Lawrence – were there to present the very first teaser trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which revealed which mutants will be by Apocalypse’s side as his Four Horsemen.
In the comics, the Four Horsemen are mutants who have been brainwashed and manipulated by Apocalypse in order to serve as his own personal guard, taking up the titles of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine. We’ve known for some time that Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy) will be one of the Horsemen – presumably death – and now the other three have been confirmed: Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto (Fassbender).
According to Isaac, Apocalypse’s main ability is the power of persuasion, which he uses to entice these aforementioned mutants into becoming his allies. Hardy also boasted about having “really badass wings,” which we’ve already seen in concept art for X-Men: Apocalypse. During the panel Hardy’s character was referred to as Angel, but it’s possible that he’s transformed into Archangel after being recruited by Apocalypse, based on the mechanical wings that he’s sporting in the concept art.
Of the characters that have been confirmed as the Four Horsemen, Angel has most traditionally been part of the lineup, while Psylocke has also served under the mantle of Death. Shipp explained Storm is persuaded to Apocalypse’s side because she’s always been searching for a god, and she believes that he might be it. Storm is probably the biggest surprise, since she’s only a teenager in X-Men: Apocalypse and the set photos so far have shown her with Jean Grey and the rest of the young X-Men.
Are you interested to see what Psylocke, Storm, Angel and Magneto bring to the role of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen? Do the X-Men stand a chance against this formidable team? Let us know your thoughts on this latest development in the comments.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017,Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.