The new Super Bowl spot for X-Men: Apocalypse just debuted one of the most highly-anticipated characters in the “X-Men” universe.
Olivia Munn has been cast as Psylocke, the first on-screen appearance of the popular “X-Men” character. Anticipation for Psylocke’s debut was so high that Munn cemented her role in the film after sending director Bryan Singer and producer Simon Kinberg fan-creations where she was styled to look like the character.
But who is Psylocke?
Psylocke, real name Betsy Braddock, is a trained ninja and assassin with powerful telepathic abilities. She can read minds and use telekinesis like Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), but she’s also a lethal swordswoman. She’s first seen in the new Super Bowl spot casually slicing through a car in mid-air.
Using her telepathic powers, she can create a blade made of pure psychic energy. Munn told Collider the weaponry adds to the psychology of the character. “She can kill from afar, like Magneto or Storm,” she said. “But she chooses to create a sword, which is a very intimate way to kill someone. She experiences it.” Psylocke is one of the four horsemen, meaning she’s going up against Xavier and his school for gifted children.
X-Men: Apocalypse comes to theaters May 27.
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