APOCALYPSE's Horsemen Unite In New X-MEN Poster, More

X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse
Credit: 20th Century Fox
X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Yahoo! Movies has released a new poster for X-Men: Apocalypse that puts the titular villain and his horsemen front and center. Apocalypse will recruit Magneto, Psylocke, Storm, and Archangel to serve as his lieutenants in the film.

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to open in theaters May 27.


DEADPOOL VFX Team Explains Process Behind Opening Shot

Meanwhile, in another corner of 20th Century Fox's X-Men film universe, the VFX team behind Deadpool has opened up about the process of creating the film's memorable opening sequence, which drew strong influence from the film's leaked test footage.

"We knew from the script that the whole car chase was going to be a mix of new scenes and also an homage to the original footage that got leaked on the Internet," Franck Balson, director and editorial supervisor of Blur Studio told Co.Create. "So we wanted to keep what got the movie so much attention in the first place and add some new jokes and other fun stuff."

"We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how this frozen moment was going to look, and make sure it was physically plausible, like 'Well, if he's pulling the underwear of this guy midair that is something we can sort of explain how he got there later on,'" Balson explained. "It was figuring out the logistics of each guy in the car, where they were positioned, so it wouldn't end up biting us in the ass later on when we got to the actual car chase. We posed all these characters, and built backwards from there."

Balson also explained how Blur takes a scene from start to finish, saying "In this sequence, we went from script to previsualization—there was no storyboard. Basically, previs is kind of the advanced version of storyboards. I think storyboards are great to get everyone on board with what the idea is, but you have a lot more flexibility within the 3-D environment to create a lot of different angles really quickly and we've been working with this medium for so long that we're kind of past the storyboard phase now."

Though the team did work with stunt coordinators, the sequence was handled entirely in CG. Balson explained that decision.

"The biggest challenge originally was figuring out how this scene was going to be created—was it going to be full CG, were they going to be able to close part of the freeway and film the cars in live action?" Balson says. "Because the budget of the movie is actually quite small for a superhero movie, and because Tim [Miller] is comfortable in the CG world, he had complete confidence in the VFX suit and the VFX houses that they could pull of doing a whole car chase sequence in CG. So once the previs got made, it was decided that the whole title sequence was going to be handled in CG."


X-MEN: APOCALYPSE's Real Villain?

YouTube user Max Goodrich has created a parody trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse with a new villain that may hit a little too close for some. Check it out right here:

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