James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence return for the third installment in the second X-Men trilogy to confront the biggest villain in its film history so far.

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Once director Bryan Singer posted a tweet about the film last December 2013, expectations were high and the excitement was on the roof. Not only will the film feature who is arguably the biggest villain of the franchise, it will also re-introduce us to characters we loved from the first trilogy.

Set in the 1980s, the film shows us that the three principal characters (Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique) parted and set their own directions. Professor X (McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) founded the X-Mansion; Magneto now has his own family in Poland; and Mystique rescues oppressed mutants. Meanwhile, Apocalypse, an ancient Egyptian mutant and the first mutant ever, is awaken and sees the world as blind and leaderless. In order to achieve world domination, he recruits four mutants, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and Magneto. The stakes are high, so the X-Men gets together to stop Apocalypse.

Each character has brought something on the table. The re-introduction of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler is a good sign that the X-Men film franchise will still be alive. Without a doubt, however, the one with the best character development in this film is Magneto. His motivation for joining Apocalypse is explained well to the viewers, and the feels are incredibly high. However, some have too little development. The three horsemen only delivered in the action department. Psylocke barely received any development at all, and Storm and Angel are lucky to have introductions.

The action sequences are incredible, too. Quicksilver (Evan Peters) steals the show the same way he did it in Days of Future Past. The fight between the X-Men and the Horsemen serves its purpose enough.

However, the film has its negatives, too. Some sub-plots, specifically the Magneto-Quicksilver one, are not resolved in a very satisfactory way; Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) is a highly unnecessary character; and Apocalypse is just your generic “world dominating” bad guy (HE’S APOCALYPSE!). When your main antagonist is one of the biggest villains in Marvel, you should deliver…

X-Men Apocalypse serves its purpose in giving us a superhero film with enough action and story to engage the viewers. However, the lack of character development, wasted sub-plots, and unsatisfactory delivery of its antagonist greatly dampens the potential for this movie. The movie itself serves as a self-fulfilling prophecy in telling us that “The third one’s always the worst”. And for that, this film is definitely…

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