Fox has released the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, and after all the timeline-jumping of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s refreshing to have a good, old-fashioned prequel. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) have traded the chess games, for now, to play as pawns to a larger power: Apocalypse, a.k.a. En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), who has chosen four mutants to imbue with powers—making them his Four Horsemen of the… well, you get it. And since this is set in the 1980s, we get young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Scott Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Storm (Alexandra Shipp)!
Of course, the major players from past movies have also returned: Quicksilver (Evan Peters), which means more awesome slo-mo sequences; Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), interestingly not referring to herself as Mystique at the moment while she seems to be on Charles’ side; and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne)! Here’s the official synopsis from the studio:
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, 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 with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
But just as alliances are shifting, let’s not forget the shots of Professor X seemingly under En Sabah Nur’s control! Also, is it Apocalypse who takes away all his hair…?
X-Men: Apocalypse comes to theaters May 27, 2016.