Well, it would seem that the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer lives up to it's name, with lots of thunder, chaos and falling bridges. Chances are you're totally stoked for this latest installment, or maybe you're still lamenting that it's Jennifer Lawrence's last X-Men film (don't worry, she'll be fine without her franchises). Either way, I'm sure there's only one thing on your mind: what's the song in the new X-Men Apocalypse trailer? Oh, and, like, what is it supposed to be about, but one thing at a time.
Well, we did some digging — expert Shazam-ing, that is — and got some answers. The song, which begins approximately 21 seconds in, is "The Hunted" by British folk trio Snow Ghosts. Now as it turns out the lyrics are pretty minimalist: there's no chorus, verse, chorus so much as there's verse, chorus, and discordant fuzziness for a minute. But within that, the intro talks about how no matter how far someone runs away and tries to cover their tracks, the singer (or "hunter") will be right be right behind them. It then launches into a passive chant of, "the hunter becomes the hunted." Huh. No subtext there.
Now the interesting thing is that it helps reinforce a lot of what's hinted at in the trailer. This new X-Men installment, from what I gather, has strong religious undertones, which makes a softer song a good tonal choice. Like, it has a distorted, foreboding hymn-like quality in it's way. And the key word here is "foreboding": the baddie (who is legit called Apocalypse) in this film is decidedly not f*cking around. "I've been called many things over many lifetimes," he says. "Ra, Krishna, Yahweh..." Which, pump the breaks. Number one, I thought you were just going by Apocalypse. Number two, those are all distinctly different deities from different religions.
Message is received, though. This guy, this first uber-mutant, considers himself to be an ancient god-like figure, so old and powerful that the Bible was taking cues from him. I cannot imagine this is going to go well in the long run.
But let's get back to our song. "The Hunted" is a pretty stellar pick, because while Mutant-God claims that all other mutants are "his children," the whole "apocalypse" vibe going on here is probably going to go back to him wiping out some of his precious babies. And hey, maybe he'll try to take down the rest of the world, too, hence the faux four horsemen. Either way, the hunters (the powerful mutant elite) have now become the hunted. Deep.
Anyway, it's a pretty cool song, so feel free to listen it below, and tune into the chaos when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27.
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