ByBayley Tow, writer at
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Bayley Tow

Warning: Potential spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse. Do not read on if you wish to be surprised in the theater.

Alright you had your warning, so let's get into it.

With Oscar Isaac playing the role of Apocalypse, we were bound to see some Star Wars references in X-Men: Apocalypse. Reason being that Isaac also played the role of rebel pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that came out in December of last year. That said, director Bryan Singer made sure to add not one but two nods to the spectacle that is Star Wars.

The first coming early on in the film right after Apocalypse had been awoken from his ancient slumber (which is all a story for another time and another place).

Han Solo Carbonite Reference

Apocalypse walks around the Egyptian village taking in all the sights and sounds of the strange world he has woken up to. While walking through town his spots a young Storm using her powers to steal from a street merchant. The street merchant and his allies then chase down Storm into a back alley where they trap her. They begin to threaten her and this is when Apocalypse arrives on the scene. That said, the street merchant does not think much of Apocalypse as he begins to mock the the ancient ruler. Apocalypse responds to these insults by quickly decapitating the merchant's allies. The merchant then backs away in fear, only to be wrapped by Apocalypse into the building wall behind him. The merchant in the wall noticeably resembles Han Solo being frozen in Carbonite from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back (which is pictured below).

Poor Han. He must have gotten a killer hand cramp.
Poor Han. He must have gotten a killer hand cramp.

Although the reference was somewhat sneaky, it was still clearly obvious to long time Star Wars fans.

The next Star Wars reference was a little more out in the open.

The Movie Theater

At a certain point in the film, a young Cyclops (Scott Summers) convinces the group consisting of Jean Grey, Kurt (Nightcrawler), and Jubliee that they should get out of the house (Xavier's school for the gifted) and go to the mall. At the mall, the group goes and sees the the Star Wars film Return of The Jedi. To which they all walk out of the film talking about how they could all agree that the third film in a series or trilogy is always the worst.

The reference could also have been a burn at the X-Men series itself by saying that the the third film is always the worst. In this case referring to the poorly received X-Men: The Last Stand. Then again, it could just be my imagination.

That's all I have for now. Let me know what you all think in the comments below.

X-Men: Apocalypse is now in theaters.


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