Geek Guide: Which Characters Will Appear in X-Men Apocalypse?
So now that it sounds like Hugh Jackman will indeed be appearing as Wolverine in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse (wow, never seen him in a movie before!), we can focus on our attention on what other mutants will be appearing in the film. We're going to see some familiar faces, some new faces in familiar roles, and some characters that we've never seen on screen before. So let's get to it! Cue X-Men: The Animated Series theme song.
First and foremost among the returning mutants is Michael Fassbender's Magneto. The X-Men's greatest villain (and sometimes ally) has appeared in every X-Men film to date (excluding X-Men Origins: Wolverine, always excluding X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and the master of magnetism needs little introduction.
Also returning, not surprisingly, is the third lynchpin of the series along with Magneto and Wolverine. Charles Xavier is a powerful telepath and the leader of the X-Men, and we're psyched that we'll finally get to see James McAvoy go bald in the role!
Shapeshifting, allegiance-shifting Mystique has become a major player in the series thanks to Jennifer Lawrence's star power, and we expect that trend to continue in this film... especially since it will be Lawrence's last in the role.
Returning once more is the super agile and super smart blue furball, Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult. Beast had a pretty big role in both First Class and Days of Future Past, and should be a little older and wiser in the new 1980s setting.
The X-Men have officially won the war for Quicksilver. The super-fast character appeared in Fox's Days of Future Past in a scene-stealing sequence that was the best part of the movie, then went on to appear in a wasted role, played by a different actor, in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Evan Peters will be back for another speedy go 'round in Apocalypse, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver will almost definitely not be back in any future Marvel movies.
Despite having a fairly small part in First Class and essentially a cameo in Days of Future Past, Lucas Till is set to return as the cosmic energy-wielding Havok. Interestingly enough, it looks like Havok, AKA Alex Summers, will be the brother of Cyclops (Scott Summers) in the film, just as they are in the comics, despite the timeline differences.
Now, we get to the newbies! Weather-controlling Storm was previously played by Halle Berry in a number of X-Men films, and was routinely underutilized and underdeveloped. Now, Alexandra Shipp takes over the role, and will hopefully finally do justice to a character who we regard as one of the greatest X-Men ever.
Immensely powerful telekinetic Jean Grey was played by Famke Janssen in the old X-Men movies, and was often a main focus. With Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner stepping into the role, she could once again play a big part. Turner has developed into a brilliantly talented actor, and we can't wait to see what she does with this character. Let's just hope they leave out the love triangle with the now much older Wolverine.
Ugh. Every X-Men fan's worst nightmare has come to pass: They're finally putting Jubilee in a movie. The most annoying comic book character of the 90s, the yellow trenchcoat-wearing mall rat has the power to shoot fireworks. Pretty lame. Also, her real name is Jubilation Lee. For real. The lone bright spot is that the film's 80s setting might actually work for Jubilee's sense of style and valley girl attitude, and maybe she'll at least get a few laughs in the film. Good luck to Lana Condor in the role, she'll need it.
Brother to Havok, boyfriend to Jean Grey, and destined to become the leader of the X-Men, Cyclops has a lot going for him. Let's hope Tye Sheridan does a good job taking over for James Marsden as everyone's favorite optic blast-shooter.
The rich kid with angelic wings had a small and forgettable role when he was played by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand, but his presence here, played by Ben Hardy, is intriguing. In the comics, Angel has a long and storied history with the villain Apocalypse, who turns Angel into the evil Archangel, a transformation from which he never fully recovers. Here's hoping we get a glimpse of Angel's dark side in the movie.
Psylocke technically appeared in The Last Stand, but other than being Asian and having purple hair, Mei Melancon's role in the film didn't much resemble the Psylocke we know from the comics. Psylocke in The Last Stand was a teleporter and a villain, was barely in the movie, and was never referred to by name. Hopefully nerd royalty Olivia Munn will have a more faithful portrayal of the psi-blade wielding telepathic ninja assassin, but not so faithful as to include the character's insane, body-swapping backstory.
Much like Quicksilver, the blue elf-like Nightcrawler was the star of an amazing scene in his last big-screen outing (X2: X-Men United), but unlike Quicksilver, the series took forever to bring him back. Nightcrawler is one of our favorite X-Men, and we're excited to see him return to the screen, with the talented newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee replacing Alan Cumming.
The film's big baddie is one of the most significant villains in the X-Men, nay, the entire Marvel Universe. Apocalypse is such a badass that an alternate reality exists where he successfully conquers and rules the world. How many villains can say that? He's the oldest mutant in the world at over 5,000 years old, and likely the first mutant ever. He was worshipped as a god in Ancient Egypt, possesses alien technology, and has the power to do almost anything through molecular manipulation, powers that he is constantly augmenting and improving. His mantra is "survival of the fittest" and he doesn't mess around when it comes to enforcing it. We're not sure how crazy the movie is going to make Apocalypse, though the after credits scene in Days of Future Past does suggest an Ancient Egyptian origin. However, it's worth noting that the actor in that scene, Brendan Pedder, is considerably younger than Oscar Isaac, who will be playing the grey-skinned mutant supremacist in X-Men: Apocalypse.