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X-Men Apocalypse’s Villain Is Skull-Crushingly Scary In The First Poster

The first X-Men Apocalypse trailer debuted on Friday, and frankly, I still haven’t really recovered. It’s one thing when a new mega-franchise comic-book/superhero film begins its teaser cycle—we literally see dozens of them per year now—but it’s an entirely other thing when the X-Men are involved.

For one, they’ve always been a unified team of heroes, and they’ve all learned to rely on each other’s abilities (and to bolster each other’s limitations) in order to fight their shared enemy. And in this case? That enemy is unlike any other the mutants have faced before—it’s Apocalypse, the first-ever mutant, played very menacingly by Oscar Isaac.

As elegantly evil as Apocalypse appeared in the trailer, there’s nothing like a still image of him crushing a human skull to induce some real bone-quaking fear. That’s exactly what director Bryan Singer shared on his Instagram on Saturday.

Is X-Men Apocalypse secretly a grand Shakespearian tragedy a la Hamlet? Is that Yorick’s skull the flawed villain is pulverizing in his massive, mechanized hands? We’ll just have to wait until next year to find out.

Rewatch the trailer below and get terrified:

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