X-Men: Days of Future Past was a movie that dealt with having to travel back in time to prevent key events from happening in order to stop the potential destruction of all mutants at the hands of Sentinels. After a film of that scale what could 20th Century Fox possibly do for a sequel that wouldn’t appear insignificant by comparison? They could bring in Apocalypse.
If you watched the end credit sequence following Days of Future Past (and by now you should know that all these superhero movies have end credit scenes… except for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which insists there won’t be one), you’d have seen a mutant back in Ancient Egypt aiding in the construction of the pyramids with telekinesis. His real name is En Sabah Nur, “The First One”, and he is the first person born with the mutant X-gene. In the comics he is almost like a mutant Hitler (I don’t say that to be funny) in that he views it as his responsibility to ensure the process of evolution by weeding out the weak. So in the comics/movies humans feared mutants because they felt they would be replaced by this “next step in humanity” (in addition to fearing their powers) and mutants have the same reason to fear Apocalypse, who will wipe out all those he doesn’t deem worthy. (As a side note- being a Christian I don’t believe in macro-evolution. I’m simply pointing out that the theory is used as a story element in the comics).
How is he a threat to mutant-kind as a whole? Apocalypse often employs the services of four horsemen, powerful mutants that he transforms into avatars of War, Famine, Pestilence and Death, to fight alongside him. He also can essentially do anything and his abilities have continually changed throughout the years to make him nearly unstoppable. Here’s a list of his abilities from the Wikipedia page:
“Apocalypse is an ancient mutant born with a variety of superhuman abilities who further augmented himself after merging with Celestial technology. The character has total control over the molecules of his body, enabling him to alter his form as it suits him, such as allowing his body to become extremely malleable and flexible or change its size, enhance his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons, wings, or jets, regenerate from fatal injuries, adapt his body to apparently any disease or hostile environment, and give himself virtually any physical superhuman power. The character is also able to project and absorb energy, and has displayed telepathy and telekinesis. Apocalypse is as well capable of technopathy, able to directly interface with the various technologies he has at his disposal. Thanks to the aid of his mutant abilities, special “regeneration” chambers, and changing bodies, Apocalypse has made himself effectively immortal.“
It’ll be interesting to see how much of that makes it into the movie. An invincible force is not very entertaining, sot he screenwriters will have to make decisions on what to pull from the comics and the limits to what he is capable of. In an interview with IGN Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), who will be playing Apocalypse, talked about what we can expect from him as a character and as far as his abilities on the screen. Oscar Isaac will also be one of the key players in the new Star Wars trilogy opening at the end of the year. keep him on your radar because he is about to become a star. Check out the video below:
In addition to bringing back the cast from First Class and Days of Future Past, some new mutants will be introduced in this timeline to help battle Apocalypse. The new players include Sophie Turner (Game of thrones) as Jean Grey, Olivia Munn (Mortdecai) as Psylocke, Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton) as Storm, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Lana Condor as Jubilee and Ben Hardy (East Enders) as Angel.
They join an already packed cast of returning characters including Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), and Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert). There’s also the possibility of seeing Hugh Jackman return as Wolverine and Channing Tatum debut as Gambit in the film. That’s some craziness right there. The previous two features managed to balance a lot of characters without too much confusion so I’m hoping they can continue to introduce more seamlessly without feeling over-crowded.
What do you think of the potential of Apocalypse battling the X-Men in the next film? How do you feel about Oscar Isaac and the rest of the new faces in the cast? X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters May 27, 2016.