After all the retconning from X-Men: Days of Future Past, we were left wondering where would the franchise go from there? Is Fox going to spit out another abomination like the Fantastic Four reboot (never forget ;_;7)? Or are we getting another Hugh Jackman hunk-fest? If the final ending credit scene from “Days of Future Past” didn’t make you pass out with excitement, chances are you don’t know who was raising the roof and making pyramids. That’s the baddest mutant of them all. He’s coming, and we’re prepared. You should be too.
Apocalypse: mutant, machine, or god?
Before we dive into what the movie will most likely be about, we should talk about our old buddy, En Sabah Nur. Nur was recorded in history to be the first person with the “X-Gene”, making him the world’s first mutant. He was born in Aqaba, Jordan, abandoned, then quickly adopted by Baal of the Sandstormers. He had blue lips and gray skin which freaked some people out, but the Baal saw it as a sign of strength. He quickly proves his worth, using his powers to help the tribe win wars. Rama-Tut hears about this boy, and wants to use him for his own devious means. His army nearly kill him and the Baal, sending them to a cave. There, he would find some Celestial tech to imbue his powers even further. Eventually, he went back and annihilated Rama-Tut and his army, giving him the name Apocalypse.
Being from the clan Baal, they believe only the strong will survive. Being a mutant, he believes that mutants are the strongest, thus only they will survive. The problem though is he’s the only one. Thus, he decides to use the alien technology he found to hibernate until there are enough mutants on the planet, so they can easily take over. From time to time, he awakes to see if the world is ready to “evolve”. Every time he wakes up, he leaves behind myths, being referred to everything from a myth to a god.
Without spoiling the “Age Of Apocalypse” comic, Apocalypse comes, and does what his name implies. After tallying up a huge body count, he continues to go ahead to take over the world with his “Four Horsemen”. The plot goes along the opposite ends of “Days of Future Past” except this time, the mutants won.
How Overpowered is he?
If he’s able to systematically kick the crap out of Thor, it must be safe to say he’s pretty strong. So what abilities does he possess? Here are just to name a few:
- Super Strength & Stamina
- (Almost Completely) Invincible
- Create cult followings
- Absorb, create, and control energy
- Molecule Manipulation
- Able to change shape and form
Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make the cut for a Dragon Ball Z villain. I guess a X-Men movie will do.
The Four Horseman Ride
If you remember from the image earlier, you may have noticed Apocalypse’s posse in the background. They are his “right hand men”, and he imbues these individuals granting them new powers or amplifying their current ones. Each member represents one of the four biblical harbingers: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence.
The recruitment process to join up with Apocalypse is brutal. First, the candidate needs to have powers that match that of nearly his own. Next, he needs to have a super cool name and costume. Lastly, the candidate must completely obey Apocalypse. Though, the last requirement is completely optional, because he’ll simply just brainwash whomever he wants into becoming a horseman.
Who are the Horsemen in the Movie Adaptation?
There have been several members that have been part of Apocalypse’s death squad. As a matter of fact, Ben Hardy is set to play Angel/Archangel as the rider of Death. Angel lost his organic wings in a tragic accident. Apocalypse, being the super-cool-guy-and-definitely-not-a-bad-guy that he is gives him back his wings if he pledges allegiance to Apocalypse. He does so, regaining some super cool techno-organic wings. Ironically, Apocalypse also gives him healing powers to bring the nearly-dead back to life, as well as some super sweet wings and talons.
The rider of famine will be Psylocke – the mentally enhanced ninja with psychic abilities. Although she’s never filled the role as that rider aspect, there aren’t any other prominent mutants that would be able to take the role as naturally. To make a long story short, she kills another one of the Horsemen, gaining the title of the rider of Death in the comics. Apocalypse gives her incredible telekinesis powers, rivaling that of Jean Grey. After having her mind transferred into a ninja named Kwannon, she was brainwashed follow Apocalypse. Pretty messed up. Within the context in the movie she is “searching for God”, seeing Apocalypse as that God.
Naturally, one would think Magneto would be keen on Apocalypse’s viewpoint. Interestingly enough, he actually fights AGAINST Apocalypse after the death of a major character. The movie will have Magneto fill the role as the Rider of War. It will be interesting to see how Magneto will fight against Apocalypse with his enhanced powers.
Lastly, the rider of Famine will be Storm. Because, the bible and stuff. She has never been a horseman in the comics, and has always fought against Apocalypse. With her character, they may explain how Apocalypse has been “recruiting” the horsemen through some good-ole MK Ultra-esk brainwashing. Some of the enhanced weather effects should be interesting as well.
Re-watching the trailer, one may have noticed Wolverine didn’t show up. So naturally, one would wonder – where is mai Wolverine? Hugh Jackman is set to make an appearance in the movie. Don’t worry, he might show up in the end credit scene as the rider of Death. Gambit is also being released this year, and he too was the rider of Death. Yes, Apocalypse really enjoys people killing stuff for him.
Congratulations, You’re Ready
We talked about the big bad En Sabah Nur, his horsemen, and a little about what the movie will be about. Without spoiling too much, I’m wondering if Cable will make an appearance in this movie. Who is Cable, you may ask? Well, like a said, I don’t want to spoil too much too early. Be there on May 27, 2016 for X-Men: Apocalypse.
~ Dante signing off