This weekend, a new, incredibly terrifying supervillain is hitting the big screen. Director Bryan Singer’s latest installment in the X-Men franchise will soon be giving us a feature length story about Apocalypse – one of the most notable, intimidating and beloved villains in Marvel Comics. But before you head to the theaters to see the film this weekend, there are a few things that you should know about the character beforehand.

In order to help you prepare for your screening of X-Men: Apocalypse, we’ve put together this little cheat sheet for you – with the intention of helping you get to know the movie’s titular antagonist just a little better. Read on, and learn a thing or two!

X-Men: Apocalypse
He is possibly the first mutant
It’s a somewhat contentious bit of subject matter in the Marvel Comics universe, but being born thousands of years ago, Apocalypse, a.k.a. En Sabah Nur, is thought to be either one of the first if not the first mutant on Earth. While many members of Homo superior don’t start showing "differences" until they hit puberty, Apocalypse was born with grey skin and blue lips, which actually led to his family abandoning him. It was from the man who rescued the young child, Baal of the Sandstormers, that he got his name – which translates from Arabic into "The Morning Light" – though Marvel initially translated it to mean "The First One."

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