See Apocalypse in Full Scowling Glory in These Stills from X-Men: Apocalypse

It’s been an eventful week for fans of the X-Men film franchise.

The trailer for the upcoming entry in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, was screened during the Fox panel at SDCC this past weekend and a leaked version appeared online within hours — spreading like wildfire throughout the internet and giving us our first fuzzy glimpse at Apocalypse along with some other new mutant additions.

And since Fox didn’t cave to the pressure of leaked footage the way Warner Brothers did with Suicide Squad (by releasing an HD trailer the next day), today we’re getting our first true look at some of the new cast.

Lookin' kinda blue their, 'Poccy.

Lookin’ kinda blue there, ‘Poccy.

Apocalypse, Psylocke and Magneto are front and center on the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Magneto is sporting some new duds, most likely a reflection of the news out of Comic-Con that he would become one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen alongside Psylocke who’s also repping Team ‘Poc.

While it remains to be seen if Olivia Munn has the acting chops to pull off Psylocke, it’s safe to say they really nailed the look here. You can really see how the X-Men films have progressed in terms of vision; they have become considerably less shy than they were at first and now embrace their comic book roots (especially if the rumors of an appearance by blue-and-gold Wolverine are true).

Then there’s Apocalypse himself. I have to admit, as a self-identified Apocalypse fanboy, I’m not loving this look. While I applaud director Bryan Singer’s commitment to practical effects, I think that given where we’re at in terms of CG accessibility, there are some characters that demand a larger-than-life aesthetic. As a shapeshifter and all-round badass, En Sabah Nur has always been depicted as majestic, imposing, and intimidating every time he appears. Instead what we have here is reminiscent of a Power Rangers villain.

Spoilers: Goldar will be one of the horsemen.

Spoilers: Goldar will be one of the horsemen.

I’ll of course be reserving judgement for the final film – after all, Oscar Issac is a great casting choice for the man himself, and there’s no doubt that his performance will shine through. The best choice in my view would have been to bring Apocalypse to life through the hybrid of CGI and make-up prosthetics, best used on Two-Face in The Dark Knight and Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Check out all of the officially released pictures below.  X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theatres May 27th, 2016.

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