X-Men Apocalypse is nearly upon us, as the eighth Marvel mutant film from Fox — nine, if you count Deadpool — hits theaters next week. Ever since the X-Men films were given the “soft reboot” treatment with 2011’s X-Men: First Class, the hallmark of each movie has been that each one is set in a different decade. First Class was set in 1962 and dealt with the Cuban Missile Crisis, while X-Men: Days of Future Past was (partially) set in 1973, and reflected the end of the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration.
Now with Apocalypse, the X-Men timeline has taken us into 1983, an era best remembered for Ronald Reagan, Pac-Man, the Rubik’s Cube….and lots of amazing pop music. In a promotional effort to pay homage to the hits of the early MTV era, Fox has released a series of five faux album covers on the Apocalypse Facebook page, each paying tribute to a hit song or album from the early eighties.
Among these images, we’ve got our new teenage Scott Summers/Cyclops does a ruby-quartz glasses take on Corey Hart’s hit song “Sunglasses at Night” appropriately re-named “Optic Visor at Night.” Hank McCoy/Beast gets the British boy band treatment with his own version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf.”
Culture Club’s hit song “Church of the Poison Mind” is the inspiration behind Jean Grey’s “School of the Telepathic Mind,” while the late, great David Bowie’s new wave hit “Let’s Dance” becomes Nightcrawler’s “Let’s Bamf”, reference to the sound effect used in the comics for the character’s signature teleporting powers. Finally, A Flock of Seagull’s era-defining hit “I Ran” becomes Quicksilver’s “I Run”, because it pretty much had to be that song for that particular character, right?
Maybe if they do more of these, we can get Jubilee paying homage to “Valley Girl“, or Storm’s version of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again.” You can see all five ’80s musical homage images in our gallery below.
What do you think of the X-Men’s tribute to ’80s pop? Any great songs you think they missed? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Images: Twentieth Century Fox