In a recent interview with Oscar Isaac, who is set to star as Apocalypse in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, shed a little light on the latest addition to the X-Men franchise.
“On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think to reveal the weakness – how weak we’ve become. Because this is an ancient entity. So to come to – I think 1983 – and say, ‘How did the world become so weak? How did we allow ourselves to become to weak and to enslave ourselves.’ I think that’s where he’s coming from.”
So, Apocalypse's whole idea is basically to free the world from their own selves (Loki, much?) and his almost Darwinian views will be especially powerful in the 80's. He will most likely awaken from a cryo-sleep (yes, I know that is DC, I just don't know what to call it in terms of the Marvel franchise) and wonder how he got here.
Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horseman.”
With many powerful mutants surfacing (i.e. Jean Grey), he will be sure to find them in a cool way, pertaining to their own inner darkness.
Extra Tidbit: (<Say Hello to my little friend) Predicting the Horsemen: Archangel, Mystique, Nightcrawler, and Havok
About Apocalypse's powers
First, here is what El Wikipedia says
“[Apocalypse] 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
DAMN! Hopefully this is accurate to Oscar Isaac's version of the character!
And that's not all! When asked about the effects used, Simon Kinberg said this:
“Absolutely. And at the same time figuring out what the limits are and how it relates to how he moves and what it costs him. That’s always a fun thing. So to be able to sit with Simon Kinberg and – as a fan – just go through it and be like, ‘Well what about this!?! You know, this is something that he does in the comics and is there a way to incorporate this? Or if he has this power suddenly how do we make that not come out of nowhere?’ So it’s really fun to map that thing out. But yes, the nature of how his powers manifest themselves is to a certain extent quite open to interpretation. Because there are so many and they are so vast.”
Hopefully, they go the X-Men: Evolution route and make him basically a more powerful Rogue, absorbing powers and mixing them with his own.
X-Men: Apocalypse will bring back James McAvoy as Prof. X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Lucas Till as Havok and Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert. Joining the cast are Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Young Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp as young Storm, Sophie Turner as young Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as young Nightcrawler, Lana Condor as Jubilee, Ben Hardy as Angel and Olivia Munn as Psylocke. X-Men Apocalypse is written Simon Kinberg (Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four), Dan Harris (X2) and Michael Dougherty (X2), and is directed by Bryan Singer.