With less than 10 months until X-Men: Apocalypse is due to be released the details keep coming in, slowly but surely. After a kinda turbulent but mostly upward trajectory for the franchise [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) really brought it home last year, and Apocalypse is shaping up to be really, really good; certainly central to bringing the series together as a whole.
"[X-Men: Apocalypse is] kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters; the true birth of the X-Men." - Bryan Singer [Director]
Set in 1983, 20 years before X-Men (2000), [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) will chronicle the origins of the X-Men, featuring the younger, less-refined mutants that come together to form the team.
The altering of time that occurred in Days Of Future Past has changed the world in 1983, seemingly for the better. There now exists a peace of sorts between mutants and humans, but the ancient first mutant Apocalypse awakes from his hibernation, and with a name like that it's not gonna be good news for the X-Men team.
I've previously written about the origins of Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) and his Horsemen, so I won't go into too much detail here except to mention that the Horsemen this time around have been confirmed as Magneto (Michael Fassbender); Psylocke (Olivia Munn); Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Angel (Ben Hardy).
Now, if you remember the events of First Class and Days of Future Past, you'll know that the existence of mutants became known to and generally accepted by the public after Mystique stops Magneto from killing the President.
According to what plot details have been released so far we learn that this leads to some people regarding mutants as godlike and worshipping them as such. In the teaser trailer shown at Comic Con Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) claims, "ever since the world found out about mutants there have been secret societies - cults - who see them as some kind of second coming or son of God".
Likely this will be what triggers Apocalypse's mission, as he has spent history travelling the world impersonating a God with his immense power and likely won't appreciate a bunch of young, less powerful mutants hogging all that Godly limelight.
"I think of the idea of the first mutant and the idea that he wouldn’t be called a mutant back then. What would he be? God. He would be a god on Earth. And he wouldn’t think of himself as a mutant." - Oscar Issac
According to Oscar Issac his portrayal of Apocalypse will draw heavily from the Book of Revelations, a book of the New Testament which deals with the end of the world, the anti-christ, the prophet (and the false prophet) and the message. Angels feature heavily, as well as Wormwood denoting "a mighty prince" and of course, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
"[Apocalypse is] a character that I always just loved – just because it freaked me out. I was really into anything that dealt with end times and being left behind and the Four Horsemen. The imagery in the Book of Revelation is crazier than any comic book you’ll ever read. The beast with the seven heads, angels… it’s the trippy-est stuff. It’s crazy imagery, and so that always stuck with me. And then you had a comic book that was trying to have a character that encompassed that feeling. So, for me, he always has the feeling of the Book of Revelations."
So whilst Apocalypse has a stick up his ass about the whole being worshipped thing, this does provide an answer to a question that a lot of fans have been asking, namely, why did Magneto become his Horseman?
It's not been sitting well with some people that Fassbender's character will be a follower rather than the followed in this iteration, but when the mutants come face to face with one whom is God-like surely that fits with Magneto's philosophy of mutants as superior to humans. Certainly it provides us with character motivation, though I suspect Magneto will probably be using Apocalypse for his own means. I guess we'll just have to wait until next May to find out.