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Finally, it's 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. There are a lot of expectations for Apocalypse's final foray onto the big screen, and the villain's depiction in the trailer and promo pictures has already garnered criticism.

But writer Simon Kinberg has just dropped a plot hint which might change how we see Apocalypse forever...

Wait, So Apocalypse Is The Good Guy?

Ok, I wouldn't go that far. But it seems as though the villain might ultimately have good intentions behind his megalomaniacal plan to uh... bring about the end of days?

What does Apocalypse really want?
What does Apocalypse really want?

Apocalypse wants to change the world in a very radical way, it's true. But Simon Kinberg hinted to EW that actually, Apocalypse might not be as evil as we expected.

"He’s more interested in the sort of survival of the fittest. The strongest, no matter what they may be, surviving and making essentially a better world."

So more delusional than evil, then? This is pretty much part and parcel for any good X-Men movie villain: the conflict in the films tend to be a clash of interests rather than good vs evil. While of course, the baddies are still bad, X-Men often challenges how we define morality, showing sympathetic points of view on both sides of the conflict.

When Apocalypse was announced for the next Big Bad, none of us expected to be sympathising with him. But it looks like he won't be breaking the tradition of morally ambiguous X-Men villains.

Is Apocalypse ready to better the world?
Is Apocalypse ready to better the world?

So what is this "better world"? And is it worth the destruction that Apocalypse will no doubt cause? We may not have the answers to this yet, but Oscar Isaac has dropped a few hints about Apocalypse's characterisation which might clarify the matter.

The Man Behind The Myth

It looks like X-Men: Apocalypse will blend theological fables with their version of reality in an interesting way. When he speaks about the film, Oscar Isaac is keen to stress the importance of the Biblical aspects of his character.

"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."
Looking at him is certainly a religious experience.
Looking at him is certainly a religious experience.

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.

But this does add another level to the idea that Apocalypse might be considered sympathetic: is he a benevolent god, or an angry one? We don't have long to wait until we find out, but so far it looks like X-Men: Apocalypse is set to challenge our notions of right and wrong once again.


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