X-Men: Apocalypse is a generational saga. Not only does the new film continue the adventures of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) that first started with 2011’s ’60s-set X-Men: First Class, it brings in a new generation of X-Men, also younger versions of recognizable characters. These mutants are far from being superheroes, however. Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), for one, is still discovering the power of his optic blasts.
A new clip from the movie, released as part of 20th Century Fox’s Global Fan Screening on Monday, features young Scott Summers still in high school (with his teacher played by The Breakfast Club‘s Ally Sheedy). Scott is learning mutant history — namely, the details of Magneto’s attack on the White House from the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past — when his eyes start to bug him. One jock-looking classmate even threatens Scott and lets us know this movie is set in the ’80s by asking, “you winking at my girl?” This tough guy even follows Scott to the bathroom. Unfortunately for him, his incessant banging on the stall door prevents Scott from calming his eyes down. The beams burst forth in full ruby quartz glory, flattening this jock beneath a fallen door and destroying much of the surrounding bathroom (Cyclops’ blasts traditionally pack a blunt physical impact, as opposed to the searing heat vision of someone like Superman). That’s exactly the kind of power that might come in handy against Oscar Isaac’s giant blue supervillain. Watch the clip below, starting around the 11-minute mark.
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Granted, the filmmaking process behind Cyclops’ powers isn’t always as fancy as it looks. “Everyone else’s moves are kinda cool, and I just take off my glasses and stare at someone really intensely and growl,” Sheridan recently told EW.
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27.