20th Century Fox showed off screenings from their 2016 CinemaCon presentation at their Los Angeles lot this week, showcasing new clips for films such as X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, Assassin’s Creed and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. None of these trailers have been released online by the studio as of yet.
The X-Men: Apocalypse trailer contained new plot points for the upcoming film, including a clear look at Apocalypse blocking a punch from Charles Xavier at the X-Mansion, before growing exponentially, trapping the Professor underneath his gigantic hand.
Following this scene, Beast’s reunion with one-time girlfriend Mystique was also given new context, as Hank tells Raven that Apocalypse has taken Charles, and that she needs to lead the newest students on a rescue mission to save him. Cutting to new X-Men such as Cyclops and Jean Grey, Raven tells her new charges, “You’re not students anymore — you’re X-Men!”
Amongst the other characters that received spotlight in this new trailer were Nightcrawler and Angel, who are engaged in some sort of underground cage fight, which is broken up by Jean and the other X-Men. Quicksilver, meanwhile, confirms that Magneto is his father, much to Mystique’s surprise, while the introduction of Psylocke is expanded to include a quick brawl with Beast.
Finally, as ordinary civilians look up to the sky to see destruction taking place all around them, Charles implores Magneto not to become one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen. Flashing back to an image of him screaming to the heavens while carrying a woman’s limp body, Erik replies, “Whatever it is you think you saw in me, I buried it with my family.”
Meanwhile, with Independence Day: Resurgence, the trailer began with the fatal crash-landing of Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith from the original movie), who was described by Jeff Goldblum’s character David Levinson as “the bravest man I’ve ever seen.”
Cutting to Hiller’s stepson Dylan and fellow pilot Jake Morrison (played by Liam Hemsworth), soon the aliens from the first film make their return, with a ship so large it almost consumes the entire sky. A scene with Brent Spiner’s Dr. Brakish Okun features security footage of several aliens captured from the original film, cheering in their cells.
With the tagline “We had 20 years to prepare — so did they,” the trailer showed new alien ships that were so massive, they generated their own gravitational fields, literally lifting up skyscrapers only to crash them back down to Earth, as well as causing massive tsunamis across the Pacific.
As Earth’s pilots stage their desperate assault with alien-enhanced weaponry and vehicles, Levinson tells Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore, “we don’t have a chance.” The President replies, “We didn’t last time, either.” Ending with even more buildings collapsing, the trailer ended with Levinson weakly joking, “They like to get the landmarks.”
Michael Fassbender went two-for-two at the presentation, also appearing in the trailer for Assassin’s Creed. The trailer began with Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch waking up from a near-comatose state, with Marion Cotillard looming over him.
“Yesterday you were executed and pronounced dead,” Cotillard tells him. Wandering through the dream-like facility, Lynch asks her what kind of prison is this. Locking Lynch into a machine called the Animus, she responds, “This is no prison — we want your memories.”
The rest of the trailer focuses on Lynch’s journey back at the Third Crusade, as the acrobatic assassin Altair ibn-La’Ahad, with high-flying combat sequences in alleyways, a sewer, as well as a climactic final leap off a dizzying tower. The trailer ended with Lynch back at the Animus, crouching with clouded eyes in front of his jailers, including Jeremy Irons.
Finally, Fox showed a lengthy trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, leading with a career highlight reel for Tim Burton before showcasing the famed director’s next film.
Opening with the previously released footage of Jacob Portman being led to Peregrine’s sunken ship, the new trailer highlighted the students attending Peregrine’s school, including plant-manipulating Fiona, invisible prankster Millard, super-strong Bronwyn, bee-breathing Hugh, fire-casting Emma, and Olive, who wears lead shoes in order to keep from floating away.
Additionally, the trailer showed a clearer look at Samuel L. Jackson’s villainous Barron, who had Tim Burton-style eyes and serrated teeth, as well as the demonic hollowgasts that pursue the students. With Peregrine seemingly absent, the students are placed in Jacob’s charge, with the trailer building towards Peregrine’s ship rising from the ocean floor.