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Ever since the post-credits scene of [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) saw a crowd chanting the words "En Sabah Nur" as the ancient and powerful mutant Apocalypse assembled the Great Pyramid using his powers of telekinesis, fans have been speculating about the identities of the four horsemen that could be seen silhouetted in the distance - but could there be another mutant even more important to the X-Men Apocalypse plot?

Ozymandias: Slave, Scribe and Soothsayer for Apocalypse!

Ozymandias was an ancient Egyptian Warlord 5,000 years ago, who was stopped of his right to be pharaoh by Rama-Tut, a time-travelling mutant whose spaceship took the form of the ancient sphinx.

When Ozymandias came into contact with the nomad tribe the Stormriders, he killed their leader Baal. This would prove to be a big mistake. The young En Sabah Nur, or Apocalypse, would not forgive Ozymandias for killing his foster-father, and turned him into stone, making Ozymandias his slave, scribe and oracle.

Apocalypse and Ozymandias: Egyptian Mutants
Apocalypse and Ozymandias: Egyptian Mutants

Ozymandias' power involve the creation of rock carvings, which can at once tell the future, and fight independently of him. Wolverine fights these rock carvings, after falling into Ozymandias' lair.

But that is not to say that is completely loyal to Apocalypse. In fact, Ozymandias has often betrayed Apocalypse, siding instead with his arch enemy, one of the only mutants capable of dealing with En Sabah Nur - Cable, a mutant widely rumored to appear in [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267).

The fact that Ozymandias takes the form of a stone statue is not accidental, either. It was a clear reference by Marvel to the poetry of the English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly, who wrote a poem warning of the vanity of ambition and drive for power.

A traveller comes across an enormous, broken statue in the desert, and amongst the rubble he reads these words:

My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

So what do you think? Will we see Ozymandias in X-Men Apocalypse? What are your guesses for the Four Horsemen? Write in with your thoughts below the line!


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