(Warning - mild potential SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse lie below...)
When it comes to unsurprising villains of movies, X-Men: Apocalypse's titular big bad is right up there with the best of them. After all, much like Aliens, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, or Dawn of the Dead - there's really no-one else likely to turn out to be the villain than the menace explicitly named in the title of the movie.
It's perhaps not overly shocking, then, that we're still very much set to see the classic X-Men villain Apocalypse in the next installment of the X-Franchise - but that doesn't make it any less exciting. Especially since:
We Finally Have Our First Look at the Villain
Y'see, as it turns out, fans attending San Diego Comic-Con 2015 today have been being handed pretty darned awesome posters of the big bad himself - and though the image they reveal (above) is closer to concept art than to an official still, it still gives us a pretty fantastic look at what we can expect to see when the film hits our screens next summer.
It Looks Less Like the Comic-Book Apocalypse Than We'd Expected
See, in the comics, Apocalypse has historically looked a whole lot like that image just above.
Which is very much similar to the concept art-ish image that's been released...but with a few notable differences:
One of the key features of Apocalypse, after all, is his determinedly thick neck - he is, in short, a pretty heavy set dude. It's why so many fans were rooting for The Rock to take the part...
With Oscar Isaac in the role, though, it seems that Apocalypse may well have slimmed down a bit - and intriguingly, it's left him looking an awful lot like a not-unrelated character from the X-Men mythos...
That's right: there's something awfully Archangel-like about our new En Sabah Nur - and while that's unlikely to translate into much more than a visual adjustment, it's worth noting that in recent years (and in particular Rick Remender's acclaimed run on Uncanny X-Force) Archangel has often taken on a strikingly similar role to Apocalypse. Which makes sense, really, seeing as it turned out that the process the villain used to create him also created an essentially evil side to his personality...
Could we, then, be seeing a far more lithe and nimble Apocalypse than the large-scale bruiser we're used to from the comics? And, if so, what could that mean for his relationship with young Ben Hardy, set to play Angel (and likely Archangel) in the movie?
Whatever it is, from the looks of the ruined X-Mansion in that same image up above, here's betting it doesn't bode well for our heroes...
What do you reckon, though?