‘X-Men Apocalypse’ Trailer Explained and Easter Eggs
The Re-Introduction of Havok and Origin of Apocalypse
The conversation with Moira reveals quite a bit about the film. We see the reintroduction of Havok played by Lucas Till who also confirmed his larger role earlier this year. As the trailer progresses we see Lucas Till popping up quite a bit.
“…an ancient being was born. The world’s first…mutant.”
The more interesting details come in Moira’s conversation with Charles and Alex (aka Havok). She reveals the history and mystery surrounding Apocalypse through research conducted by herself and the CIA. She describes him as being over 10,000 years old and being labeled as “the first mutant.” We see a flash to the pyramids which is a more visual representation of his origination. Then she lays down a book showing profiles of various people which seems to reveal little at this point but there are some notable points of interest in the background.
I ended up flipping this screen capture to look more closely at the text of the book in the lower left hand corner. The book is titled “The Age Of…” maybe Apocalypse? While the last word doesn’t seem to start with an “A” it could be “the Apocalypse.” This is important because it is a reference to a comic book titled “The Age of Apocalypse” which outlines an alternate timeline where Apocalypse rules the world. This would be fitting given that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” did create an alternate timeline from all of the previous X-Men films we have seen thus far.
In addition, if you look above that book you can see an image that looks like Apocalypse or possibly one of his horsemen.
The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse
Moira is also the one to reveal the “Four Horsemen” of Apocalypse. Describing them as mutants that Apocalypse “imbues with more power,” we also get a flash showing who his chosen mutants will be for this film. The quick flashes show Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as Apocalypse’s new followers.
“He always had four followers he would imbue with power.”
As Moira is describing the horsemen Havok comments that Apocalypse stole the “Four Horsemen” title from the Christian Bible. Moira counters with her belief that the Bible may have stolen the name from him. This could lead to some interesting religious tie ins as earlier in the trailer we already heard Apocalypse speaking as to how he was seen as God in multiple religions.
The Invasion of the X-Mansion
Professor X mentions that Apocalypse has a massive amount of control over mutants and this scene may prove to be true. Although Magneto and Professor X have scuffled quite a bit, they have always been “frenemies” that shared a mutual respect for one another. In this scene we see Magneto forcefully pull Professor X’s wheelchair towards him and then we get a glimpse of the horsemen all together.
“…he can control all of us.”
On Professor X’s side we see Beast (in human form), Mystique (also in human form), Havok, and Moira. It’s a bit disappointing to see that Beast aka Hank McCoy can switch between human and “beast mode” and it’s also disappointing to see Mystique predominantly in her human form as well. I know the actors like to have their faces more noticeable but as a fan, I would like to see their true form.
On the opposing side we see most of Apocalypse’s followers. Up front we have Magneto and Apocalypse and in the back we can see Storm and Archangel, but no visual confirmation of Psylocke.
While there isn’t much of an outcome shown, I’m sure that we can expect this to be a pivotal moment in the film.