5. X-Men: Apocalypse
- Release Year: 2016
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, and Lucas Till
X-Men: Apocalypse is the third film of the new X-Men prequel series following X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Those two movies are two of the best X-Men movies we’ve seen so far, while Apocalypse, well, just is not. Although the film had an incredible cast, introduced Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, and performed well at the box office, the film is largely viewed as a flop.
In the film, which is set during the 1980s, the X-Men face their most powerful enemy yet, an ancient mutant named Apocalypse, who seeks to destroy humanity and create a new world order. As the X-Men battle Apocalypse, they also face their own internal struggles, including the return of Jean Grey, who is struggling with her own immense powers.
It’s just so baffling how Apocalypse went so wrong. It’s a big swing, I’ll give you that, but it was just executed poorly. With Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, there was so much potential. It was clear what his goals were, but it was never fully clear why Apocalypse was doing what he was doing. In the MCU, we learned why Thanos was doing what he was doing, and that’s where I think they missed with Apocalypse and his character development.