The new X-Men movie’s villain was just revealed, and he is no joke

In case you didn’t think the X-Men franchise could get any more epic, think again. We’re getting more details about the new film X-Men: Apocalypse (which is slated for a 2016 release), and the more we hear about the story the more we’re beginning to worry about our favorite mutants!

We already know that we’ll be getting to see younger versions of some of the most popular fan-favorite characters, including Jubilee, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler — but director Bryan Singer firmly believes that audiences won’t be able to stop talking about the newest and baddest mutant getting added to the roster —the titular super villain Apocalypse.

Actor Oscar Isaac is pulling double duty in two popular franchises — he’s already playing X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, and he’s barely recognizable in these behind-the-scenes photos as Apocalypse!

The new film is set 10 years after Days of Future Past, when Apocalypse wakes up from a sleep that has lasted centuries — and he quickly sets out on the path to destruction. Along the way he recruits several mutants to join his cause, including Psylocke, a young Storm and Magneto.

In an interview for the Entertainment Weekly cover, director Bryan Singer said that this film will be effectively acting as the bridge between the older X-Men roster and the new recruits. “This is kind of the introduction to them. At the same time, it has concluding aspects of those previous stories.”

According to Singer, it’s going to be an all-out war of mutants versus mutants — and it’s going to be bigger and more intense than any of the previous films. “It’s a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction.”

In addition to the cover, EW snapped a couple photos of some of the mutants on set — check out the gallery in the link and start getting ready. X-Men: Apocalypse won’t be released until May 27, 2016 — but given how crazy things are shaping up to be, that day might arrive sooner than we’d like.

(Images via Twitter)

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