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The end is nigh in the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer

We learned last month that the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer would be released along with Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, which is now only a week away. But in case you’re a fan of the former but not the latter fandom, the trailer is already out (and no thanks to Jimmy Kimmel), thereby saving you at least two hours.

The trailer opens with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) telling Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) about an apocalyptic vision she had, which he assures her was “just a dream.” But once we hear Oscar Isaac’s voice-over, it seems more likely that Jean’s telepathic powers have somehow reached (or been accessed by) Apocalypse, who is purportedly the world’s first mutant. He brags about all the names humanity has given him—Ra, Krishna, Yahweh—as he visits with different mutants, presumably to get his world-razing band back together.

Cut to Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), who appears to have gotten over her memory loss, and is sharing her En Sabah Nur research with Charles and Alex Summers a.k.a Havok. They discuss the cults that spring up around his sightings, as well his harbingers of death—or Four Horsemen. When Havok jokes that Apocalypse was cribbing from the Bible with that one, Moira suggests that it might have happened t’other way around. But after getting his first taste of Apocalypse’s power via Cerebro, Charles expresses his fear that he could “control [them] all,” by which he probably means all mutants, and not just the X-Men.


And it looks like the mutants who will take on the Four Horsemen mantle are Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Meanwhile, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned to the fold to help lead a team of untested X-Men, including Jean, Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jubilee (Lana Condor), and possibly Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). As he tears down some very impressive, man-made structures, Apocalypse announces his intentions to build a new world over the remains of the old one. Omnipotent beings who have just woken from millennia-long naps can be so cranky.

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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