It's finally 2016, and [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) is right around the corner. Now that Oscar Isaac successfully seduced all of us as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens, he's set to take on a very different role as the eponymous Apocalypse. As he's one of Marvel's most iconic villains, there are a lot of expectations for Apocalypse's final foray onto the big screen. We know Oscar Isaac has the gravitas to portray such a powerful character, but why does he think this film will blow our minds?
The Mythical Element
When he speaks about X-Men: Apocalypse, Oscar Isaac is keen to stress the importance of the Biblical aspects of the character. The trailer definitely aligned Apocalypse with theological fables...
And for Oscar Isaac, the Book of Revelation was an important source of inspiration for him. You could even say it was... revelatory. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
"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. 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."
Isaac has clearly put a lot of thought into crafting the character of Apocalypse, and it's going to be really exciting to see these theological themes developed in the film.
Of course, there are many, many version of Apocalypse in the history of Marvel comics. And Oscar Isaac is aware of every one.
The Value Of Interpretation
So what does he think of the expectations riding on his portrayal of the character? He's confident, but warns us to be aware of the value of different interpretations.
"When someone says Apocalypse without referring to a specific comic book, it’s a very general question. They may want to state which is the Apocalypse they like first. He’s definitely not going to be everyone’s favorite version of Apocalypse, but he’s my favorite version of Apocalypse."
When the first images were released, a few people were critical of Apocalypse's character design. With oddly clay-like prosthetics, it's easy to see why people are doubtful. (And after all, they disguise his face, which should be a crime.) Although the film hasn't been released yet, people are quick to make judgements.
But to that we say: trust Oscar Isaac. He knows what he's doing. And if that fantastically imposing voice in the X-Men trailer didn't persuade you, his recent Golden Globe win should.
But what's the number one reason Oscar Isaac has us hyped for X-Men: Apocalypse?
He's Playing A Literal God
If we could choose one word to describe Apocalypse, it would definitely be egotistical. As the world's first mutant, he has some serious delusions of grandeur, and being worshipped as a god certainly didn't deflate his sense of self importance.
"He can be anything... 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. So I’m playing with what that is and encompassing that in someone that has these kinds of powers."
For all Magneto's grand ambitions, he certainly didn't reach this level of hubris. It's going to be very intriguing to see if Apocalypse can be brought down to a more human level, or if he adamantly believes himself to be God.
We're gonna have to wait a little bit longer to find out, but until then at least we can rest assured that X-Men: Apocalypse is gonna be one hell of a ride. And let's be real though: if Oscar Isaac asked you to join him on a mission of religious fervor, wouldn't you find him hard to resist?