20th Century Fox has just dropped a new clip from X-Men: Apocalypse, and it’s looking awesome. This time they’ve chosen to focus on their golden girl (or blue, whatever), Mystique. While the first three X-Men films portrayed Mystique as a definitive villain, this new timeline with Jennifer Lawrence in the role gives her a much more fluid dynamic. She is neither villain nor hero, and she’s quick to point that out in this clip.
Apparently when it comes to training young X-Men for the apocalypse with Apocalypse, Professor X enlists the help of his lifelong friend, Raven (Mystique). Lord knows she has the skills, knowledge and experience to take on the fiercest of mutants, particularly Magneto.
The clip also treats us to a few words from Lawrence herself and definitely sets the film up for some eye-popping action. We even get a cliché bridge destruction shot à la Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Millennium Bridge), X-Men: The Last Stand (Golden Gate Bridge) and Cloverfield (Brooklyn Bridge). We’re getting the feeling there’s a message here: When the shit comes down, stay off the landmark bridges. Though it seems nothing is sacred in this film as even the beautiful Sydney Opera House gets nailed.
Critical reviews of the film have been mixed at best. Rotten Tomatoes has it sitting at 56% fresh, which is a pretty steep drop from its predecessors. X-Men: First Class stands at 87% and X-Men: Days of Future Past at an impressive 91%. Sadly, it’s rank on the Tomotameter is lower than that of X-Men: The Last Stand (58%), largely considered the weakest of the X-Men films. Many critics cite its lack of originality when it comes to its scenes of destruction. Alynda Wheat of People writes:
“As buildings fall and world landmarks crumble, it’s clear we’ve seen all of this before, and done better. There’s nothing innovative or surprising in the way the film goes about its destruction.”
Still, audiences have yet to weigh in, and it may turn out to be one of those cases where a popular summer blockbuster has fans and critics at odds. We may yet be in for a badass ride in the theater.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27.