A couple weeks back, director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, First Class) announced that following 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” we’d be getting another X-Men film. “X-Men: Apocalypse” will premier in 2016.
For those of you who don’t read comics this means little more than the film franchise continuing on longer. If you’re not familiar with the X-Men comic books and never watched the epic and brilliant ’90’s cartoon, you probably don’t know that there’s a villain character called Apocalypse. Here’s some info to hopefully help you out:
1. He’s a, roughly, 5,000 year old mutant.
2. His blood has a healing quality for mutants, but is deadly to humans.
3. He has complete control over his molecular structure which allows him to alter his shape and size as he sees fit.
4. He has telepathic and telekinetic abilities, as well as “technopathic” abilities, which means he can interface with technology.
5. He’s f—ing IMMORTAL.
In comics, Apocalypse was originally an adversary of X-Factor, which is a spin-off team of the X-Men. There have been rumors that an X-Factor movie is being planned by Fox, as they own the film rights to Marvels X-Men and various other “mutant” characters and teams. This announcement makes that seem even more of a possibility.
With “Days of Future Past” further focusing on the human-threat to mutants, it seems logical that this will lead us into a plot for “Apocalypse” where the character emerges to lead the mutants against humanity. Being that “Days of Future Past” deals with time travel, I’d say there’s a strong possibility that saving us from our past probably dooms us to an even bleaker future. One where Apocalypse reigns.
Then again, with all the curve-balls comic book movies throw at us, maybe “Apocalypse” will just be a code for something like a serum or a faceless entity.
Personally, Apocalypse is my 2nd all-time favorite villain (after the previously mentioned Galactus). I get that a lot of people don’t like villains that seem to have no weaknesses but I actually prefer my villains that way. In a world where there’s a million different superheroes with a billion different superpowers, it’s nice to know that there’s a bad guy out there who’s impervious to them all.
If you’re interested in knowing more about Apocalypse and his dealings with the X-Men, check out X-Men: Age of Apocalypse or watch “X-Men: Evolution” and “Wolverine and the X-Men” on Netflix. And if you haven’t yet, you can check out the trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” below…