If you saw the credits scene of The Wolverine, then you’ll know that the magnificent Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have returned as Professor X and Magneto respectively. The pair have sent Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to change a historical event that would greatly impact the future of man and mutants alike. Wolverine meets the younger version of Xavier, as played by the brilliant James McAvoy. McAvoy first played him in the prequel First Class, where he was clean cut, but now we’re treated to a scruffier Xavier with long hair and beard.
The trailer is pretty much entirely a character show, which director Bryan Singer stated on Twitter. Still, that doesn’t make it any less brilliant; we’re treated to many shots of characters from the trilogy, such as Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Rogue (Anna Paquin), Shadowcat (Ellen Page) and Halle Berry as Storm, now sporting shorter hair. But they’re not the only returning faces, as we also return to the past to meet up with Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and his loyal friend and servant Mystique (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence), as well as Beast (Nicholas Hoult) roaring down past the camera. Finally, we get sneak peek at Peter Dinklage playing Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels, as well as other new characters.
So the film will be jumping back and forth through time in what could be the best instalment yet. There are some insanely interesting snippets in the trailer, including shots of young Magneto descending onto a group of people in the street, an emergency at the White House, Wolverine taking bullets, shots of a young Xavier using a malfunctioning Cerebro as we later hear him scream “I don’t want your suffering! I don’t want your future.” Finally, a shot of Magneto pulling Mystique towards him in the street, all accompanied by songs from the Sunshine score.
The trailer ends as an older Xavier says to his younger self “Please. We need you to hope again,” that line gives you goosebumps. It certainly looks to be the best of the franchise and one of the best releases of next year.