The X-Men's greatest nemesis, Apocalypse, will finally make it to the big screen on May 27th! I grew up watching Fox's X-Men: The Animated Series, and when I saw the post-credit scene from [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) - I knew that fans were in for a treat of a lifetime. Fox's cast Oscar Issac (Poe Dameron), arguably the most talented actor working today, as the near omnipotent, super villain 'Apocalypse'. Like any good boss, he delegates his responsibilities, and he usually chooses four of the top mutants to do his bidding. Anyone who is familiar with Judaeo-Christian mythology, knows that the horseman goes by War,Famine, Pestilence, and Death. In the upcoming movie, Psylocke, Magento, Angel, and Storm - will serve as Apocalypse's henchmen! Bryan Singer explains what he did to prepare for [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267)...
“We started looking at cults and the nature of cults, because cult leaders, true cult leaders, develop god complexes and he always traditionally had four horsemen so I thought a cult has traditionally four factions to it that interest me. It has a political faction, and I’d always felt Magneto could fill those shoes. It always has a military faction, so Archangel could fill those shoes as the guardian. There’s also youth faction, those that you’re trying to seduce and grow into your cult, the young whose minds are malleable, and lastly the sexual component because cult leaders tend to sexualize their position and have sex with half the people in their cult.”
Alexandra Shipp will be playing Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, and she talks about how Apocalypse's finds her - and how he connects with her, on a basis that everyone has experienced throughout their lifetime....
"It’s just pure love. I feel like when someone joins a cult, they end up becoming kindred spirits. They’re following the same thing. They all have the same goal which is Apocalypse… So what he is attracted to is their level and their magnitude of power. I think that his plan for her in the movie is to protect him. Protect him with fog. Protect him with lightening. Blow away a missile. Blow away a plane. There is so much that she can do, and what he’s looking for is protection because he just woke up after a couple thousands and thousand years. He’s weak and he’s alone, and he’s been betrayed, you know.
She admires him. She believes in him because for so long humans have treated her like crap. He is like, “Well in my day it was different”. She’s like, “Let’s get back to there, let’s get back to that.” She’s a weather goddess, you know. She’s a level, what is she, level 4, level 5 almost? She’s almost on Magneto’s level when it comes to her power."
Olivia Munn (Ride Along 2) will be playing this scantily-clad, badass woman, like Storm - she is lost in the world, and she desperately wants to belong to a cause greater than herself....
"That’s the amazing thing about cult leaders. They can really see when people are weak and how to prey on that and capitalize on that. You see that with Magneto and Storm and Angel and myself. We all are in a place where we’re really needing somebody to come in and say, “This is the way.”
[Apocalypse] first meets her and she’s the bodyguard. She’s got this amazing skill and she has zero fear when she goes against him, so he needs her. What he sees in her is that she is someone who can protect and has no fear and is an amazing fighter and has amazing abilities. She’s doing things because she wants to do them. She’s like, “I want to join you. You haven’t fooled me into joining you. I get it, I see what you’re doing, and I want to be part of it.” In the end, they manipulate her, but it’s always her choice to join it."
One could argue that he's X-Men's greatest nemesis, instead of Apocalypse. Erik Lensherr (played by the great, Micheal Fassbender) backstory is amongst, the most tragic in all of comics. He's easily one the most powerful villains, in any comic universe, he fights for a cause he believes 150%. My interest is piqued, how powerful will he become?
"At that moment where things are being taken away from him again in Poland it’s almost like he’s looking for an answer, or he’s challenging God, it’s like, “What do you want from me? I’ve tried everything. I’ve tried to lead a good life. I’ve tried to do it correctly, whatever that is, and now you do this to me so what do you want?” It’s sort of like a challenge to God, if he’s out there, and then Oscar’s character arrives.
He arrives and it’s like, “Okay well something much more powerful than me has arrived,” in a way kind of like a god; he’s the original mutant. And I think… Magneto doesn’t really follow anyone, so it was kind of a hard thing like, well how does he just become one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, and is he cool with that? But he appreciates that this guy is going to do what he couldn’t do. He’s got just so much more power than him, he’s such an immense force. In a way, it’s like that classic thing of joining any cult or radical group, he’s caught him at a very low, vulnerable point where he doesn’t really care anymore whether he dies or not or what happens, so he’s like, “Yeah I’ll join this guy. I’ll go on this path of judgment.”
In X-Men: The Last Stand, Angel's role was displayed without conviction, in a movie so bad, that it was erased from existence (in Fox's MCU). Warren Worthington III, is a major player in the X-Men universe. I cannot wait to see the scene where Apocalypse, grants Angel his new wings - and his transformation to Archangel begins! Ben Hardy, the actor portraying 'Angel', did not comment - but luckily Alexandra Shipp was there to comment..
“We just filmed a scene where we bring Angel, and Angel’s our final horsemen, and he’s getting his suit made, and he and I have this moment where we look at each other and I just smile at him. It’s not anything sexual and it’s not anything like, “Yeah babe”. It’s kind of just like a … You know, where you’re just like, “This is cool, this is awesome, we’re together on this. We are going to take on these people. I don’t know who these X-Men are, I don’t know who this Xavier dude is. We’re going to beat him up. We’re going to win. I shoot lightning.”
I find the process of how Apocalypse, approaches these lost souls, to be intriguing. The only worry I have for this movie - can you tell a satisfying conclusion, to one of the main antagonists, in all of comics in 2-plus hours? I also would like to see how they'll connect Deadpool, with the rest of the X-Universe,(besides Colossus - Negasonic Teenage Warhead) possibly in this movie - even though this is set in the 80's and maybe just a nod to Weapon X Program would suffice.
I do not mind seeing destruction porn, as long as the plot demand catastrophic acts, to convey the message of the seriousness of the situation. How can you not be excited to see what these character's powers looks like, on steroids from Apocalypse! Bryan Singer made the claim, that this is the birth of the X-Men, and I cannot wait its growth, into one of the possibly greatest superhero movies ever!
'Deadpool' hit theaters on Feb.12th, and 'X-Men: Apocalypse' drops on May 27th!