Everything You Need to Know About X-Men: Apocalypse

Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 10:03AM
X-Men
X-Men: Apocalypse
Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 10:03AM
Everything You Need to Know About X-Men: Apocalypse
News has been trickling out about X-Men: Apocalypse for the last couple of days, about everything from Storm's origin story to classic 80s debates between characters about whether A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back was a better movie. Here's everything you need to know about the latest X-Men film from what's come out so far:

The new timeline


After Days of Future Past, the timeline has been essentially rebooted, so almost anything could happen. Characters that died in the first three X-Men movies could live, characters that survived could die, etc. The time travel hijinks also changed the world for mutants considerably, as the public has now known about mutants since 1973, when a stadium was dropped on the White House, and now they all live pretty much out in the open.

As a result, this film is not working towards the future of X-Men, although according to Collider"the philosophy is that the river will mostly end up in the same place with a few divergences here and there." Instead, it's working towards the New Future seen at the end of Days of Future Past.

This not only has reverberating consequences for X-Men: Apocalypse, but for the entire X-Men universe. All of the other Fox comic adaptations take place in this new timeline, including Deadpool, Gambit, Fantastic Four and Wolverine. "The stadium dropping on the White House in 1973 is a key piece of their history."

It's comparable to Game of Thrones


Opening quote
"I'm a huge 'Game Of Thrones' fan," director Bryan Singer told Yahoo Movies. "There's a crossover between 'X-Men' and 'Game Of Thrones', they're both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show's about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don't even know if that's the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don't! Everyone in King's Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power."
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Lots of carnage


According to writer Simon Kinberg, there will be more death in this film than we've ever seen in this universe before (and because of the timeline switch, almost no one is safe).

Opening quote
"There's a lot more destruction and loss in this film that we've had in the previous movies," Kinberg said. "We weren't afraid to go to darker, heavier places than we've done in these films before."
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And as we all know, several of the most prominent actors of the series are reaching the end of their contracts, specifically Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. McAvoy and Fassbender could easily renew their contracts, but it's definitely the end for Lawrence's Raven.
Opening quote
"It's the end of three stories. Raven is on the verge of death," said McAvoy. "For me, I see Jennifer [Lawrence] on the verge of death. And I've known Jennifer and Raven for five years now, and I love them both. Peter [Maximoff] is on the verge of torture and death, and I feel that too. Erik and Michael, they're on the edge of this pivotal moment in their life, and I feel all this. I've got a good enough imagination that I can place my friends and these characters I've shared five years with in these situations, and it's f***ing horrible... It wasn't just the weight of the world I was feeling. It was the death of the world."
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Apocalypse




Aside from the fact that he greatly resembles Ivan Ooze, we know that Apocalypse is the first-ever mutant, who basically starts a cult of his own henchmen mutants, the Four Horsemen. Singer calls him "the God of the Old Testament," but specifies that although he's somewhat godlike, they had to limit his powers in order to create some dramatic tension. He has to move from body to body, for example, because he doesn't have a physical form, but rather an "energy." At the beginning of the film, he chooses a body to inhabit that turns out to be a bad choice, so he's stuck in that body for a very long time.

Quicksilver




Quicksilver will have a bigger and better role in X-Men: Apocalypse, complete with a slo-mo sequence that took 30 days to shoot (compared to DOFP's 22 days). Evan Peters revealed that in this film, Quicksilver knows who his father is, and has been searching for him for 10 years. 

Psylocke


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Olivia Munn was apparently in the running for a role in Deadpool (probably Morena Baccarin's role of Vanessa), and after meeting with Bryan Singer for the film, he later suggested her for Psylocke in Apocalypse. Munn, a self-proclaimed geek, objected when she saw that her costume would be black, and insisted that it should be purple in order to be faithful to the comics.

As for her role in the film, we don't see Psylocke's origin, although it is alluded to in the film. And while we see her use her telekinetic powers, we don't see her use her telepathy, although she does use a psy-dagger in addition to a real sword in order to throw off her enemies. "Munn and Kinberg made the decision that her telepathy is a power that Psylocke holds close to the chest."

Storm


Storm is something of a lost soul in the film, a "foster child with huge potential" who is reduced to picking pockets in Cairo. She has only ever met bad mutants in her life, but then when she meets Apocalypse, she finds a father figure and a sense of purpose, which seduces her into being one of his Horsemen.

Celestials


We already knew this film would have huge scale, since Apocalypse is such a larger-than-life figure, but apparently we have more gigantic figures coming our way. In Marvel Comics, Celestials are a species of extremely powerful cosmic extraterrestrial beings that are massive—standing at about 20,000 feet high. It hasn't been confirmed that they will appear, but Collider claims that they "may or may not factor into Apocalypse in some way."

Will Wolverine make a cameo?




No one on set or in interviews will confirm or deny that Hugh Jackman will cameo as Wolverine. According to Collider, "out of everything, this was the tightest secret kept on set."
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