The highlight of yesterday’s X-Men: Apocalypse trailer was seeing Wolverine’s adamantium claws pop up at the end. At least, we thought they were his claws. It all seemed so straightforward until Bryan Singer went and talked to Empire. According to the director, there’s more to that scene than meets the eye.

We were pretty confident Wolverine was in the trailer after Hugh Jackman tweeted out the same footage. It didn’t seem like there was any attempt to hide who those claws belong to. However, Empire asked Singer about that tease, and his response raised a lot of questions:

“Make of that what you want. I will say, it’s not simple. There’s something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction. It’s not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in. It’s not the only shot you’re gonna see, let’s put it that way.”

The same article revealed that the underground base seen in the trailer is at Alkali Lake. In both X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine that was the location of the Weapon X facility, the place where Logan gained his metal skeleton. Could Fox have secretly recast Wolverine, and brought in a new actor just in time to redo his origin story? That would certainly be, “a birth of a new direction,” as Singer put it.

The director also addressed the scene Mystique and Nightcrawler share. While he didn’t mention any familial connection, he did talk about Raven’s celebrity status following X-Men: Days of Future Past:

“She’s famous, but nobody’s really seen her since. Meeting her is a big deal to him. She’s the great hero from 1973, and he’s starstruck in that moment. She’s not comfortable with it. She’s not interested in being the face of a world that she doesn’t believe exists. She’s not a hero.”

Will she come to terms with her new status or continue to rebel against it? All will be revealed when X-Men Apocalypse hits theatres on May 27.


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