The biggest X-Men movie to date opens in Ancient Egypt, where we are introduced to the very first mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), an all-powerful being with the ability to transfer his mind into a new body.
Then it’s off to the 1980s to meet the younger incarnations of existing X-Men – including Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) – who together with the First Class gang must attempt to stop the recently awakened Apocalypse, whose intentions reflect his name.
An interesting sideline involves Magneto (Michael Fassbender), who’s living as a family man in Poland, before a personal tragedy sees him reverting to his wicked ways and predictably siding with the enemy. Look out, too, for a cameo from a favourite X-member. The mutants’ ongoing battle for tolerance and acceptance has always been at the heart of the franchise, but given the scale of destruction unleashed here (it’s not called Apocalypse for nothing), it won’t be long before the UN are regulating the X-Men just like their Avengers counterparts.