The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse arrived this morning and with it came a host of new information about the title character. Apocalypse is a serious force to be reckoned with, quite possibly the most powerful single mutant we have seen in the X-Men franchise to date. Here’s a quick rundown of the new information provided by the new trailer.
He’s Really OldApocalypse is believed by many to be a god. So much so that he’s apparently been inserted into every major religion the world has ever known. He was Ra to the Egyptians, Krishna to the Hindi, and Yahweh the Israelites. He’s seen as the first mutant and one of his mutant abilities is apparently immortality, or something else that has allowed him to live for "ten of thousands of years."
He Can Control Every MutantWe knew that Apocalypse would have his Four Horsemen. However, there’s more to it than simply having followers. Apocalypse is able to control these mutants, so they’re not following him out of choice. The control does have benefits, however, as he is apparently also able to imbue the Horsemen with additional power. We have to assume that some way is found to block this control, otherwise, it’s going to be a very short movie.
He Can Grow MassiveThis one’s interesting. As if Apocalypse didn’t have enough power already, he can also apparently affect his size, making himself about as big as a Sentinel. One sequence between him and Professor X starts out with a couple of normal sized people fighting and ends with the Professor being crushed beneath a giant hand.
He Wants to Rebuild the WorldPossibly the biggest item we learned about Apocalypse is exactly what he's trying to accomplish. All of that "being god" stuff has apparently gone to his head, as he now wants to remake the world. He plans to destroy the world that the X-Men live in, and then rebuild it, only "better." We assume he plans to be in charge of this better world. It will be interesting to learn why he's chosen NOW as the best time to destroy the world. Or, the 1980s, when this movie takes place. (See the Twin Towers in this screen grab?)
He's the Most Powerful Mutant Charles has EncounteredProfessor X has the ability to sense any mutant on the planet with Cerebro. Having done so on numerous occasions, we assume, he probably has a pretty good understanding of mutant power. Apocalypse is something else. His power is so great that it appears to cause some sort of feedback in Cerebro, which makes his eyes go entirely black. When did this become a horror movie?
What did we miss? Tell us in the comments section, and prepare for X-Men: Apocalypse,?i>, which opens everywhere on May 27, 2016!