ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

After the commercial and critical success of last year's [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) the pressure is really on for Bryan Singer to hit another home run with the upcoming [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267).

Set for release May 27th 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse sees the younger team we met in First Class and Days of Future Past face a world shattering new challenge in the form of the oldest and most powerful mutant of them all - 5000 year old En Sabah Nur A.K.A Apocalypse. Apocalypse is one of the primary antagonists to the X-Men team, he's got a long and complex history with the team and has appeared in more X-Men titles and series than you can shake a stick at.

Producer Simon Kinberg said that X-Men: Apocalypse will serve as a conclusion of sorts to the "flashback" trilogy of films:

"It delivers on the dramatic story and emotion of the last two movies. It feels like the culmination of the four main characters really — McAvoy, Fassbender, Nic Hoult, and Jen. And it’s a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories."

Whilst Apocalypse might tie up the origins trilogy, it also means the beginning of something new, as Singer himself put it:

"This is kind of a conclusion of six ‘X-Men’ films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. This is the true birth of the X-Men. This is how it happens."

With the timeline continuity reset following the events of Days of Future Past, the new film will be the one to set up the cinematic X-Men, formulating a new team to carry the franchise from here on out and including key characters that were somewhat overlooked before, for example...

Jubilee

Origin

Chinese-American Jubilation Lee, later known as Jubilee, was born into a wealthy family in California. Her parents were murdered by hitmen in case of mistaken identity when she was young and she was sent to an orphanage from which she ran away. After spending some time hiding in a mall, stealing to survive and discovering her powers, she encounters X-Men members Dazzler, Psylocke, Rogue and Storm, whom she follows back to their base in Australia through a portal.

Jubilee & Wolverine
Jubilee & Wolverine

She hides in the base for a while, not knowing who the X-Men are at this point, and ends up rescuing Wolverine from Reavers. She travels with him for a while, and they develop a familial relationship. Wolverine later takes her to Professor X who welcomes her into the school and into the team. At the time she was the youngest member of the X-Men, and called "a kid" by Psylocke, which she didn't much like.

Powers

Originally Jubilee was able to shoot bursts of energy from her fingers, which she called her "fireworks" due to their bright colours. She could mentally direct these bursts and explode them upon command. Her power ranged from being able to temporarily blind someone to blowing things up and, interestingly enough, causing a stroke from exploding inside someone's brain. Ouch.

It has been stated in the canon that Jubilee has unlimited potential and was one of the most powerful mutants in the team, due to her ability to detonate matter on an atomic level - the equivalent of a fusion bomb. However she was usually quite careful with her powers, fearing losing control of them and killing someone.

In the comics she's since lost those powers, gaining new ones in the form of superhuman strength, limited invulnerability and the ability to hover/fly. Recently she gained the powers of a vampire when she was bitten by the son of Dracula, but it's highly unlikely they'll use this storyline in the movie. (Though that would be one hell of a twist.)

Previous Appearances

Jubilee featured in nearly every episode of the X-Men Animated TV Series from the early 90s, with a slightly tweaked background story wherein she was rescued from the orphanage by Cyclops rather than running away and being homeless.

She's also had cameo appearances in three X-Men films, played by Katrina Florece and Kea Wong:

  • X-Men: She appears as an extra in Storm and Professor X's classrooms. In a deleted scene she is mentioned by name, talking to Kitty/Shadowcat and Rogue.
  • X2: X-Men United: Appears in another deleted scene near the beginning, where Pyro sets someone on fire in the museum. She's one of the six young mutants kidnapped by Stryker when soldiers storm the mansion and later rescued by Storm and Nightcrawler. She also appears in the final classroom scene, and speaks to Xavier briefly there.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand: Seen briefly near the beginning, sitting in the classroom with other students. She's also present at Professor X's funeral at the conclusion of the film.
Lana Condor as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse
Lana Condor as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse

In X-Men: Apocalypse she'll be portrayed by newcomer Lana Condor in what will be Condor's first feature film.

Are you looking forward to seeing Jubilee, or are you more excited to see someone else? Tell us about it in the poll/comments below!

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