End Credits:
X-Men: Apocalypse

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Depending on how you want to count them, X-Men: Apocalypse is either the ninth or sixth instalment of Fox’s Marvel mutant-based franchise. Let’s ignore the single character movies for a moment – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine and Deadpool (yes he is an X-Men character and does team up with them in the comics) – and stick to the core team films. The original, released way back in 2000, paved the way for big budget comic book movies and, while its sequel X2 only cemented its place in mainstream cinema, the third, The Last Stand, was a bloated disappointment. Rebooting the franchise in 2011 with First Class proved successful with a movie that lived up to its name, and then tying the rebooted timeline to that of the original films in Days of Future Past produced possibly their best outing yet. All this all brings us to the latest film, which unfortunately follows what seems to be a bit of a pattern: good movie, slightly better movie, bloated movie. Fighting their biggest enemy yet the X-Men must face what is thought to be the first mutant, centuries old, with godlike powers and backed by his four horsemen. X-Men: Apocalypse, like The Last Stand, relies too heavily on action and special effects without the story to back it up. But whether it lives up to the other movies or not, it still provides enough entertainment. Remember it’s not the end of the world, there’ll surely be another batch of better mutant movies in another few years. Whether or not we’ll see the only real constant through the franchise – Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine – only time will tell, but an Old Man Logan movie has been rumoured for a while.

Mark Wheeler

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