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Watch Olivia Munn Practice Her Swordsmanship for ‘Apocalypse’

Olivia Munn is ready to kick some serious ass!

The actress has been honing her swordsmanship skills for X-Men: Apocalypse, where she’ll play Betsy Braddock, better known as Psylocke.

Munn showed off said skills in a short video on her official Instagram account:

Learned some new tricks…

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Psylocke first appeared in the U.K’s popular Captain Britain series as Betsy Braddock, the title character’s twin sister. She later joined the X-Men series under the alias Psylocke.

Everything that happened in between her jump from Captain Britain to X-Men is a bit complicated, but Marvel Wiki has summed it up pretty good for us!

The daughter of Sir James Braddock, a citizen of Otherworld, Elizabeth Braddock is used to inter-dimensional travel. The sister of the powerful reality altering mutantJamie Braddock and twin to theUnited Kingdom’s premier superhero Brian Braddock (Captain Britain), Elizabeth has been living the superhero life since her teenage years. Originally a charter pilot, Betsy took-up a modeling career, until hertelepathic powers emerged and she joined S.T.R.I.K.E., the U.K.’s equivalent of the U.N.’sS.H.I.E.L.D.. After killing an alternate realityversion of her twin brother, Kaptain Briton, Betsy used his suit and briefly became Captain Britain. After the assassin Slaymaster brutally beat and blinded Betsy, she was kidnapped by Spiral and Mojo and surgically given artificial eyes, restoring her sight. Naming her Psylocke, Betsy was freed from Mojo’s mental control, by the New Mutants and, after fending off an attack by Sabretooth, joined the X-Men, where she fought for the peaceful coexistence of mutants and humans. Betsy’s life was changed forever after crime lord Mats’uo Tsurayaba captured her and switched her mind with the mind of his lover, Kwannon. Betsy was brainwashed into become the Lady Mandarin and learned the art of ninjitsu, but regained her free will and rejoined the X-Men. After starting a long-standing relationship with teammate Warren Worthington III, Betsy was attacked by Sabretooth and Warren used the Crimson Dawn to heal her, giving her a new set of powers to teleport in shadows and distancing her relationship with Warren. With her powers switching from telepathy to telekinesis, Betsy eventually joined the splinter group, X-Treme X-Men, while searching for the future-telling Destiny’sdiaries and was murdered by Vargas. After being resurrected by her brother Jamie, Betsy rejoined the X-Men, briefly joined the Exiles and Excalibur, and returned to the X-Men, while secretly joining the assassin squad of X-Men X-Force, renewing her relationship with Warren.

Tl;dr: She’s a total badass who isn’t afraid to dip her pen in the company ink.

Munn joins a bunch of newcomers, including Game of Throne‘s Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), as well as Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), and possible love interest Ben Hardy (Warren Worthington III/Angel).

Returning from the previous films are James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), and Lucas Till (Havok).

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27, 2016!

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