X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer continue to tweet sneak peeks at the film. Today he shared a bamf-tastic motion poster of the young Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee.
The new Kurt Wagner has appeared. Nightcrawler had a prominent role in 2003’s X2: X-Men United and was portrayed with fan acclaim by Alan Cumming. While it was somewhat disappointing the teleporting elfin mutant didn’t make it back for X-Men: The Last Stand, perhaps it was for the best given the utter mess the film turned out to be.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 27, 2015
The look is loyal enough to the comics roots, blue skin, three fingers, prominent tail plus the familiar blue red costume color scheme.
In this new First Class prequel timeline, we get to meet Nightcrawler all over again, this time as a young mutant. Whether the popular character will be the acknowledged son of Mystique and Azazel like in the comics lore remains to be seen. Both Mutants exist in the revised prequel era, but whether the blue shape shifter (Jennifer Lawrence) and the red devil teleporter (Jason Flemyng) got together between First Class and Days of Future Past and had a son remains to be revealed. Any such relationship wasn’t hinted at in Days of Future Past, and Azazel was revealed to be deceased at the hands of the government sometime in the decade between the films settings.
Smit-McPhee joins fellow Apocalypse cast members new to the series Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Ben Hardy (Angel), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Olivia Munn (Psylocke) and Lana Condor (Jubilee) in the ’80s set last chapter of the second trilogy of X-Men films.
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play the titular villain Apocalypse. James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast) will return in what is likely their final contracted appearances in the series.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.