ByCraig Patrick Arnott, writer at Creators.co
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Craig Patrick Arnott

The latest trailer for [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) hit the internet days ago, giving fans so much to get hyped about. However is the film set to end on a note which is not typical for a superhero movie? Deadpool changed how a superhero can be portrayed in a film, which was also released by Fox. So could Fox be about to change another rule behind superhero films? In the majority of superhero movies we witness the hero save the day and along with it the world, but could the world be set it end in X-Men: Apocalypse? Well as crazy as it sounds, it could be possible.

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse was a highly popular comic book title. Set in an alternate timeline to the mainstream Marvel universe, it saw a small change in history have massive changes to how everything played out. In Age of Apocalypse, Xavier is killed before he can form the X-Men saving Magneto's life. From this point Magneto adopts Xavier's vision of mutant-human peace and co-existence. The only problem is Apocalypse proves to be more than Magneto and his X-Men can handle. All of America falls to the power of Apocalypse, who rules with a true iron hand. He creates gene pits to hold subjects for genetic experimentation, and holds an order of the stronger live while the weak perish.

Many mutants of Age of Apocalypse
Many mutants of Age of Apocalypse

The advantages Fox gains by creating an Age of Apocalypse world are far too many to count. One of the major changes in the Age of Apocalypse universe is how none of the superheros from Marvel outside of the X-Men really exist.

Marvel's Avengers Roster
Marvel's Avengers Roster

Many of the characters are covered in the series, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor, but they are either dead or never received their powers. Another advantage they gain is flexibility in which X-Men characters can appear in the films. Odd characters such as Beak could appear in the films having been a result from one of the gene pits. It should be noted the Age of Apocalypse comics is where Blink truly made herself known to comic book fans and she was one liberated from a gene pit.

Blink from Days of Future Past and the Comics
Blink from Days of Future Past and the Comics

The actress Fan Bingbing who portrayed Blink in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) is contracted for another two films. With her timeline destroyed in the last film, could she be set to be born in the gene pits of Apocalypse's world? They would also be able to find an easy excuse to introduce a fan-favorite villain of the X-Men who has yet to appear in the films, Mr Sinister.

Mr Sinister
Mr Sinister

In Age of Apocalypse, Mr Sinister acts as one of Apocalypse's top generals and is in charge of the gene pits. With Sinister's twisted brain it gives them a green-light on how they can replace Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. One option is for him to replicate Wolverine's powers and create a new mutant with them. But he could even replicate a comic book origin story of a character with his twisted take on it.

X-23 slicing up her foes
X-23 slicing up her foes

Being created of duplicate sets of the "X" chromosomes of Wolverine, X-23 was created by Weapon X. Sinister being a geneticist makes him one of the few characters that could be the one to create X-23 in the films. What Fox may do differently is change one factor behind Magneto's need to defeat Apocalypse from the comics. That is a death during the X-Men's first fight.

Scarlet Witch dies in Magneto's arms
Scarlet Witch dies in Magneto's arms

In the comics Scarlet Witch is killed, giving Magneto more reason and want to defeat Apocalypse. But Scarlet Witch is not introduced in the X-Men film series yet. However Magneto has created a very close bond with another character, Mystique.

Apocalypse set to make the kill strike on Mystique
Apocalypse set to make the kill strike on Mystique

In the trailer we clearly see Mystique taking on a more central role and leading the X-Men. We also know Magneto is going to become one of Apocalypse's Horseman. Jennifer Lawrence has additionally stated multiple times she wants to step away from the X-Men films. Could Mystique be set to die before the end of the film? If so, it will most likely be what sets Magneto free of Apocalypse's control and replace the death of Scarlet Witch from the comic book line.

While I doubt Fox would follow the exact story of the popular comic series, I do wonder could we be about to see mankind fall. The trailer clearly shows multiple nukes launching and many huge disasters claiming thousands of lives. The Days of Futures Past saw the future eliminated, leaving the future of the X-Men universe open to a new one. No one said it had to be a happy future. It would be extremely brave of Fox if they attempted to have the superheroes loose, but is it time for that film to arrive?

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