Sometimes lost in the early-2016 hubbub of the love-it-or-hate-it vibe of ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and the impending excitement of ‘Avengers 2.5’ – otherwise officially known as ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ – is the fact that we are getting the next installment of Marvel and Fox’s mutant series, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ in less than six weeks. The movie and comic studio don’t want you to forget, however; that’s why their marketing departments are working overtime to come up with unique ways to grab your attention, and today we’ve got a couple of fun little tidbits to share with you.
First up is a clip for a fake documentary like you might have seen on a cable TV channel back in the 1980s – which makes perfect sense, seeing as how ‘Apocalypse’ is set in the “rebooted” X-Men universe of the ’80s. In this “commercial” for ‘In the Footsteps of…’ (narrated with surprising calmness by George Takei of ‘Star Trek’ and internet “Ohhh Myyyyy” fame), you’ll learn a little about En Sabah Nur, also known as Apocalypse, and how “the world’s first mutant” has had a hand in some of history’s biggest calamities, even if he has been silent recently. Let’s watch:
— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) April 18, 2016
Also released by Fox is a very cool elongated poster/infographic, showing some of Apocalypse’s most heinous acts throughout history, including morbid-but-enlightening estimated body counts with many of the occurrences. It’s all designed, of course, to make sure you know that En Sabah Nur is one bad mamajama, and the X-Men should have their hands full with him in the upcoming movie. Also note the very cool “sands through the hourglass” effect of the overall graphic; someone in Marvel and Fox’s PR team has been working hard to get your attention on this stuff. Check it out below (clickable for bigger-sized reading).
‘X-Men’ Apocalypse opens in US theaters on May 27 of this year – the same night that “In the Footsteps of…’ is on! I’m definitely going to have to set my VCR to record that while I’m out at the movie.
When looking for his first job as a fresh-faced 16-year-old, Tony stumbled through the mall and ended up in front of the local comic book shop – and he never looked back. A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Facebook and Twitter to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.