I’m not even going to mention anything about time travel, how Kitty Pryde suddenly has the power to send consciousness to the past, or the fact that Wolverine just keeps getting more and more beast (Okay, yes. I’ll talk about that.) What I will talk about is the great and deep confliction I felt walking out of the movie theater and wondering if the past fourteen years of X-Men loyalty had suddenly become moot.
The movie overall was pretty awesome! Seriously. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had everything you expected from the X-Men franchise: fights, mutants with cool abilities, amazing feats of power, oh, and the ever need to save the world in like less than 24 hours. We’re dropped into the middle of the world as it would be in 2023. It’s oppressed by the unbeatable sentinels and the humans who have taken the “mutant hate movement” into the “mutant genocide”. We see New York in shambles, Moscow as a ghost town, and spend some time in the mountains of China as the X-Men find a way to reverse this horrible future and create a new one. Thankfully, Xavier knows exactly which point in history is the catalyst of all the destruction. Good thing too, because the scene of a mutant digging through charred bodies and coming across the belt with Xavier’s signature “X” on it….Right in the feels. We have to change history!
I can honestly say I really liked the movie. However, the more I think about it, the more I’m….Disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of the gang working together. We spent all this time building a relationship with Mystique and Xavier, which was never touched on in X-Men (2000), X-Men United (2003), or X-Men Last Stand (2006), that we missed the comradery of the X-Men that we know and love. The strained relationship with Magneto and Xavier (same old same old), that dude just never changes. Then there was the introduction of Quicksilver that just….X-Men and Avengers merger, please!
If you’ve been faithful to the X-Men/Wolverine franchise, then I don’t even have to tell you to go see this movie. If you have never seen the aforementioned, watch them from the beginning, otherwise all the unspoken words of X-Men: Days of Future Past will mean nothing to you. Fourteen years of struggle, love, loss, war, and hope for a better tomorrow. So what am I looking for in Apocalypse? As Xavier would say, “I’m looking for hope.”