Spotted! Part 9: X-Men: Apocalypse (Feat. Deadpool)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Rated NR: This Film Currently Has No Rating

Genre/s: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation, Superhero, Science Fiction

This film is to be released on May 27, 2016 (US Release Date, Available For Worldwide Viewing)

 Writers: Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, Bryan Singer and Dan Harris

 Director: Bryan Singer

 Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Ben Hardy, Lucas Till and Lana Condor

Here comes the beginning of the end! Welcome once more to Dateline Movies, and today we'll be talking about this would-be latest and sort-of brave attempt in launching a full cinematic universe to combat both DC and Marvel. From 20th Century Fox, the studio that fooled us into thinking that the recent Fantastic Four reboot would be good, but wasn't (Yes, even if I haven't watched it yet, I am already as bit as disappointed as the people who gave away their cash), comes X-Men: Apocalypse, the second not Wolverine-centric entry in the franchise.

Deadpool: Wait, Wolvie won't be in this? Awwww.

Dad: What are you doing here, Deadpool?

Deadpool: Only one more Spotted! entry and both of you are dead. But unfortunately, you're still gonna delay that for about eight more posts.

Me: I'm not sure if we should be excited, terrified or both.

Deadpool: Be afraid, Pio. Be very afraid. Anyway, I'm bored. How's about you let me co-host your podcast? It's about the X-Men after all.

Dad: This ain't a podcast, Deadpool. 

Me: Yeah, we just made it look like one because, why not?

Deadpool: Okay then. Now for our ninth Spotted! post, here's X-Men: Apocalypse!

Me: Hey that's my line.

Deadpool: And because Fox continues to hold back, we only have a fan-shot leaked video of the official trailer. These two losers will find a proper trailer for you, boys and girls, as soon as my bosses release it for your pleasure!

Dad: Excuse us?

Deadpool: Wait, what just happened? C'mon Fox, quit taking down videos. Here's a fan-made trailer instead.

What we saw in the trailer?

Deadpool: Can I do this? Pretty please with all my mutated heart?

Me: Sure, why not. Just avoid cussing, and make it as readable as possible.

Deadpool: Ahem. Just pretend I really am narrating. <In Morgan Freeman's voice> Let's just pretend that I'm narrating.

After preventing the Sentinels from enslaving both human and mutant species, Prof. Charles Xavier, played by McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), relaunches the academy, and welcomes new faces to their newly furnished home. Beast, played by Hoult (Jack The Giant Slayer), Havok, played by Till (The Spy Next Door), and Quicksilver, played by Evans (American Horror Story) have returned to aid Prof. X's battle for mutant and human equality. Welcomed to the estate include the psychic Jean Grey, played by Turner (Game of Thrones), the elf-looking Nightcrawler, played by Smit-McPhee (Paranorman), Havok's brother Cyclops, played by Sheridan (Last Days In The Desert), and the super-cool Jubilee, played by newcomer Candor.

Mystique, played by Lawrence (The Hunger Games) remains on the run from both the law and her own friends as she unleashes her own brand of justice upon mutant haters. Another mutant is also hiding, and he is Magneto, played by Fassbender (Prometheus), who after attempting to annihilate the American government, stumbles upon a disturbing secret, which will lead him in discovering the origin of the mutants.

Labeled by Agent Moira MacTaggert, played by Byrne (Neighbors), as the first mutant in existence, the so-called God, Apocalypse, played by Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) gathers a handful of powerful beings. These include Magneto, Storm, played by Shipp (Straight Outta Compton), Archangel, played by Hardy (EastEnders) and Psylocke, played by Munn (Magic Mike). 

Deadpool cont.: Hey, you all edited out half of my narration. And what do What the...

Dad: Cussing is not allowed here, and why we said "saw in the trailer" is beyond us.

Me: And half of your inside jokes won't make any sense for the readers?

Deadpool: That's just not cool. Like totally uncool! >:(

Dad: Did you just emote? Right here, on our post? You know what, let's just move on.

Spotted!: Hidden Surprises and Trivia! (Spoiler Alert!)


1. Out For Earl Grey Tea: 

Deadpool: Oh man, I wanted to see Capt. Picard and Gandalf on screen. Well, yeah I know I've seen the two of them in almost all X-Films, but without the two of these coolest middle-aged men, it's just an X-Movie, not a cool X-Movie.

Me: Sorry Deadpool, but both Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart confirmed that they won't be making an appearance in the upcoming flick.

Dad: Look on the bright side though, at least you'll be seeing Prof. X. joining Wolverine for one more adventure!

Deadpool: But why can't they be in my movie? Why Fox, why?


2. "Am I Blue?":

Me: As a comicbook reader...

Deadpool: Stop bragging about your comicbook knowledge. Just get to the point! XD XD

Me: Good point, and more emotes? Really?


<Awkward Silence>

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3. Mutate Or Die!:

Deadpool: Alright, for my favorite part, because it has me in it. We'll now, I'll be mentioning every single, possible appearance in the movie. But since these two are the professionals, I'll leave the descriptions to them, except for the first one.

A. Deadpool: Do we really need a link about me? We do? Oh, I see. For those who still don't have a single clue as to who I am, I am the wildcard Fox needs so everyone can forget that they still have the Fantastic Four hostage. Wolverine and I, we go a long way, so it is more than likely for me to cameo, and if you saw Origins (which I am so sorry for), we met around the 80s. The one and only Ryan Reynolds played me in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and he'll be back in my very own standalone movie. Take it away you two.

B. (Dad) Scarlet WitchQuicksilver's sister and one of the most powerful mutants in history, Scarlet Witch has been rumored to make a full-time appearance in this film. Although she cannot be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, she can be seen right next to Quicksilver, who are watching the X-Men fighting Magneto. A deleted scene showcased her potential, but it was cut out from the final product due to time restraints. This means we'll be seeing two Scarlet Witches next year, but sadly we won't be seeing two Quicksilvers anytime soon. Elizabeth Olsen played the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

C. (Dad cont.) Blob: Another fan-favorite almost decimated by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Blob is, as his name implies, a giant wall of flesh. Like Deadpool, Blob encountered Wolverine in the same program where the three received their powers, Weapon X. In the comics, however, he wasn't even a part of that program. He is instead a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil. Could we see Magneto recruiting him on behalf of Apocalypse? Kevin Durand played Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

D. (Me) William Stryker: While the rest are yet to be determined, Major William Stryker's appearance here has been confirmed by the studios. When we last saw him, he has recovered Wolverine's body from the river where Magneto tossed him into. This comes into full circle with the past installments, with this setting-up Wolverine's origins. We soon realize that this Stryker is actually Mystique in disguise. What Mystique plans to do with him is unknown. Will we see Wolverine's origins come to life without the unnecessary boring details?

(Deadpool: I wanna meet Wolverine in the same movie, if I'm gonna cameo in it.)

Brian Cox, Danny Huston and Josh Helman played William Stryker in X2: X-Men United, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past respectively, with the latter set to reprise the role.

E. (Dad) Mister Sinister: Also known as Apocalypse's lapdog in the comics, Mister Sinister is an immortal geneticist from the 19th Century, mutated by the said villain to do his bidding. He has been an expert with cloning, genetic tapping, and just to paraphrase, he's the smartest and the worst genetics professor you would encounter in college. Mister Sinister is yet to debut, and this film could mark his first appearance, considering his connections with Apocalypse.

F. (Me) Gambit: You were hyped to see the card-throwing, charismatic and suave master thief Gambit made in his debut (Dad: Man, this movie should've never been made) yet again in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then immediately you were slammed in the face when you realized he's not even like the character in the comics. To add a meaner insult to an already mean insult, he's just there for only some short time. Now, get ready to have your hopes dropped again, as the Gambit you once saw not only reprise his role, but also not having the character in the same film as rumored. I guess we'll just have to wait his solo outing on the same year. Come on, theaters aren't cheap. Taylor Kitsch played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Channing Tatum will play the said character in a standalone movie.

G. (Me cont.) Bishop, Blink and The Present X-Men: Because of the whole time-travelling laws or whatever they are called, plenty of actors who portrayed the older versions of the characters in this film might be popping-up in the most unexpected of places. So it's only a matter of time when both worlds literally collide. Omar Sy and Fan Bingbing played Bishop and Blink respectively in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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4. A Brave New Utopia:

Dad: After the whole "Avengers Effect", 20th Century Fox is themselves trying to compete with both DC and Marvel on being the best shared film universe.

Me: Using Fox's currently owned Marvel properties, we will now begin to see the new generation of the X-Men Film Series.

Deadpool: And now for our final hidden surprises, even though we spent most of the post simply predicting what will happen, here's a partial list of upcoming X-Men entries. Some confirmed, some rumored, and one is shelved.

A. (By well, Deadpool) Deadpool: Fans please, control yourselves. I know you're all excited to see me kick some serious butt in the big screen, but we just need to wait. Patience is a virtue... Forget that, keep reading leaks and spoiler filled posts in the Internet for your entertainment. Besides, I came here not only to kill these two, but also to shamelessly promote myself, because why not!

B. (Me) Gambit: Remember when we mentioned a 2016 film? Well here it is, although still lacking in any concrete data. Aside from Channing Tatum taking the title role, The Gambler director Rupert Wyatt is set to helm the camera, and Midnight in Paris actress Léa Seydoux will co-star alongside Channing Tatum as Bella Donna.

C. X-Men Apocalypse: 'Nuff said, folks!

D. (Dad) Old Man Logan: Currently labeled as Wolverine 3, many rumors have circulated that it may adapt the popular comicbook story arc of the same name, which features a world where villains have won, and all heroes are as dead as dirt. Although much of the characters featured in the story are owned by Marvel and Disney, characters from the X-Men cannon will be used. The Wolverine director James Mangold will return to the director's chair, with Patrick Stewart already set to be Wolverine's partner in this Mad Max-esque road trip. Hugh Jackman confirms that this will be his last time unleashing the claws

(Deadpool: We'll miss you, Hugh Jackman! :(()
(Me: There goes the emotes again.)

E. (Me) X-Force: Want to see Fox's answer to DC's Suicide Squad which hopefully they won't mess-up? Look no further, as X-Force is just that, but it features antiheroes instead of blackmailed villains. X-Force takes a more violent and an edgier approach to handling mutant rights, with time-traveler Cable as the head. Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow will produce, write and direct X-Force.

F. (Dad) New Mutants: Want to watch Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy but with teenage superhumans? Then New Mutants is the film for you. Featuring almost unknown students from Prof. X's school, New Mutants is a group of adventurers and heroes-in-training. Josh Boone of The Fault In Our Stars fame will write and direct New Mutants.

G. (Deadpool) Excalibur: Tally-ho! The British branch of the X-Men has received some following, and I will fully endorse this project, if this will come into fruition. My masters are at talks with Marvel to help them in making a TV show with ties to the X-Men Universe. Sounds fair enough, and where better to start then with Excalibur. Bring in Sherlock and Doctor Who genius Stephen Moffat if it will be. And since Fox and Marvel are negotiating, I suggest that my employers better let the Fantastic Four go!

H. (Dad) X-Men VS. Fantastic Four: Because two of Marvel's legendary properties are in Fox's hands, there is no denying that we may see Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover. This is almost unlikely as the recent Fantastic Four got a whole lot of hate experiencing, yet Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg  and comicbook writer Mark Millar confirmed that the films are cannonical.

I. (Dad cont.) Magneto: No need to explain this further because it bit the dust. Initially meant to be a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the planned titled X-Men Origins: Magneto was meant to follow on the said villain's journey towards who he is now. Due to the reception Wolverine experienced, the said prequel-sequel has been axed, although some of the story elements are merged with that of X-Men: First Class' plot.

Deadpool: Well that was pretty fun. I guess I'm not gonna kill the two of you? I guess.

Me: Really? Why is that?

Deadpool: You guys are promoting my film, as well as my friends. So it will be bad publicity if I'll do so.

Dad: Whew. Close call there.

Deadpool: Yeah, I'm sorry if I traumatized the two of you.

Me: Not really, you just annoyed us.

Deadpool: I gotta go. My agent is calling, but before I go, I just want to say this, "I'm Used Under Fair Use or Non-Profit Agendas". Deadpool's out. PEACE!

That went surprising great. Anyway we still have about six posts to go, and we're actually excited for Spotted! Part 10, so stay tuned. For now, let's forget the fact that Fox may ruin Apocalypse with his almost imperfect costume with these pictures from the film set by clicking here (because there are so many leaks, that we can't possibly force them all in this one post), as well as some cover shoots. Also, since we love Deadpool, you can take a look at more of him below. Keep calm and mutate, everyone!


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