By James Hancock April 25th, 2016
It is probably a sign of just how spoiled fans of superhero content have become that I can’t manage to find a way to get excited for X-Men: Apocalypse. Fifteen years ago the idea of watching Apocalypse assemble his Four Horsemen on the screen would have had me doing cartwheels until its release date on May 27th. I spent the first two decades of my life reading about these characters and love them dearly. But with movies like Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad to look forward to, not to mention the dozens of superhero flicks and Netflix shows coming out over the next few years, I have the privilege of acting like a snobby connoisseur, picking and choosing between the various superhero films out there that appeal to me. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about X-Men: Apocalypse that feels off but I’m not getting that rush of exhilaration I felt in the weeks leading up to the release of its predecessor X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). On the other hand, a movie featuring Jean Grey, Cyclops and a small cameo by Wolverine will always be required viewing for me until the day I die. I’ll be there be for X-Men: Apocalypse on opening day, and I genuinely hope the movie will be as exciting as X-Men: Days of Future Past, but nothing about this final trailer generates even a fraction of the anticipation I feel for Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. As always, make mine Marvel.
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