*Spoilers Ahead for those of you who've not seen X-Men: DOFP*
If, like me, you loved X-Men: Days of Future Past, the only question on the brain about the future of this franchise is: Who will be Apocalypse? Yes, I know that people are wondering if Channing Tatum is going to officially be Gambit (a subject that I could go against all day), but the post-credits scene of [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) confirmed that Apocalypse is the big news for the next X-Men movie.
For those of you who don't know much about Apocalypse, here's a history of the world's very first and strongest mutant:
When he was born, he was abandoned by his biological parents due to his unnatural appearance of gray skin and blue lips. He was rescued by a man named Baal, who raised him as his own and named him En Sabah Nur. Baal and the tribe he commanded raised "Nur" and taught him the tribe's greatest philosophy: survival of the fittest. Pharaoh Rama-Tut (actually a time-travelling super-villain who wanted Nur's mutant powers) ordered the destruction of Baal's tribe, with Baal and Nur narrowly escaping the slaughter. After Baal died in a cave collapse, En Sabah Nur's anger provoked his mutant abilities to manifest and he renamed himself Apocalypse.
After Apocalypse found alien technology, he enhanced himself even further, adding super-human physical abilities to his existing powers of immortality and energy manipulation. In the late 1800's, Apocalypse went into a state of hibernation, following a recent battle with Dracula (yes, that Dracula), and was awakened by the arrival of time-traveling mutant, Cable. Apocalypse decides that the world and its' mutants are ready for "testing" and orders battles against the greatest superheroes of the world. He transforms four mutants into the Horsemen of Apocalypse, enhancing their powers exponentially to fit the four horsemen, War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death, and unleashes them on New York.
I'm not saying that this is the exact story line that [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267) (2016) is going to follow, but after Apocalypse and his horsemen were revealed in Days of Future Past, it's hard to think they'll stray much. Now that that's through, it's time to reveal my choices for Apocalypse. Although he was seen in the post-credits scene, Marvel revealed that that will not be the actor portraying Apocalypse in his big screen debut. For this article, I will not be casting the Horsemen, as their "positions" change so often that it would be impossible to know who exactly they're going to be until it's revealed by the filmmakers.
1. Kevin Grevioux
Known best as a creator and actor in the Underworld film series, Grevioux may not be a very accomplished or skilled actor, but he has a voice like thunder and a very intimidating presence. I've always wanted to see him in a live-action comic book villain role (although he has voiced a couple) and this seems to me like it'd be a great fit for that desire. He's always been a top pick of mine for Apocalypse.
2. Javier Bardem
Known best for being in the James Bond film, [Skyfall](movie:36632) (2012) and for his Oscar winning performance in No Country for Old Men (2007), Bardem has always been an amazing actor, and a demented villain. He would bring not only intimidation to this role, but also an awesome performance. I've always wanted him to be in a comic book movie in none other than the role of the villain, and I'm sorry if it's his stereotypical role, but it's what he's really good at.
3. Ron Perlman
Known best as the title character in the Hellboy series and as Clay Morrow in the FX series, [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186), Perlman would be awesome as Apocalypse. Already greatly expressive when in heavy makeup (as demonstrated by his performances as Hellboy), Perlman is used to having his skin color changed, and is a favorite actor of mine otherwise. His voice is very recognizable as powerful and his skills are greatly entertaining. He already proved way back in Blade II (2002) that he can be an awesome comic book villain.
Michael Clarke Duncan was actually one of the first people I thought of for this role and I think he would've been spectacular (R.I.P. 1957-2012). Do you guys agree with my choices? Who would you love as Apocalypse? Which of the X-Men and their villains do you want to see finally brought to the big screen? Share your opinions, no matter what they are, in the comments below!
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016!