Fan reaction to the X-Men films has followed pretty typical lines for a comic book adaptation franchise – most liked the first one despite complaints of “mistakes”, the second was a tad lacklustre and by the time the third rolled around the audience were positively fuming at the expense of the great Brian Cox. The first few stabs at the Origins films didn’t help matters. Many, therefore, were taken aback by how genuinely excellent First Class turned out to be. Now, with the same highly capable cast in tow, we’re eagerly awaiting the new instalment of the (inevitable in the current climate, but let’s overlook that for now) prequel arc.
The first trailer, loaded with inspirational monologue and soaring strings, gave us a good glimpse of what we can expect. Hugh Jackman has to go back in time to school a hairy James Macavoy and prevent a human-on-mutant war. Michael Fassbender might shoot someone. Mystique cries. The whole thing is very serious indeed, yet maintains the action sequences and comic book sheen – this matured formula has, after all, proved rather popular lately.
This latest teaser adds very little other than a change in tone. As battle zone percussion clangs away, we see several quick cuts of the protagonist’s war faces before the seconds-long clip abruptly ends. It fits well with the twenty-five covers that director Brian Singer and co. recently released through Empire, each showing a cast member standing against a backdrop of post-apocalyptic ruins and rubble. According to the magazine, we ought to expect a new trailer soon.
Perhaps that’ll be two parts excitement and one part indifference, served with a small cynical olive. Those paying attention to the X-Men franchise probably hadn’t forgotten to be worked up about it, and if they had then this quick teaser will sort them right out.