Spoiler Alert: Needless to say, this article contains mild spoilers. So if you haven't watched X-Men: Apocalypse yet or if it hasn't released in your country yet, go back now. Watch the movie first and then come back to my article. You have been WARNED!
For the last few weeks, Marvel has been leaving quite a few Star Wars Easter-Eggs from the Original Trilogy for us. It started off with the Captain America: Civil War, when Spider-Man mentioned Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back as a plan for taking down Giant-Man in that airport fight scene. While Team Iron Man were trying to take down Giant-Man, Spider-Man asked the rest of his team, "Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?" and immediately, we knew what was going to happen next.
A couple of weeks later, the season finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gaves us a big Easter-Egg for another movie from the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. In a scene between Agent Coulson and Hive we got an Easter-Egg from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In the confrontation between Coulson and Hive, Hive finds out that the Coulson he's talking to is nothing but a hologram. And then Coulson bends forward and says, "Plus, I have always wanted to do this. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." In doing so, Coulson recreated Princess Leia's iconic hologram scene in Episode IV.
Marvel and Star Wars are both owned by Disney and it was obvious that even X-Men: Apocalypse would have a Star Wars reference or an Easter-Egg, in spite of the fact that it's not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And X-Men: Apocalypse did have a Star Wars Easter-Egg.
X-Men: Apocalypse left an Easter-Egg for the remaining movie of the Original Trilogy. Just before the Xavier's School went to ashes, we saw Jean, Scott, Kurt and Jubilee sneak out of the X-Mansion and go to a mall. We saw them coming out of a movie theatre and the Now Showing sign had "The Return of the Jedi" written on it, thus leaving an Easter-Egg for Star Wars: Episode Vi - The Return of the Jedi.But this Easter-Egg was more important than most realised.
How can a Star Wars Easter-Egg be important?
Well, we all knew that the events of X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in the '80's. But we had no idea about the exact year in which the events take place. The Return of The Jedi hit theatres in May, 1983. So the events of X-Men: Apocalypse also take place in 1983. Now, some of you might argue that it has been mentioned on a number of occassions in the movie that the events of X-Men: Apocalypse take place ten years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. But not many know or remember that those Days of Future Past events took place in 1973. Seeing that "Now Showing: The Return of the Jedi" would make everyone think, "Oh! So the events take place in 1983?"