Originally living in ancient Egypt, Apocalypse is often dubbed the world’s "First Mutant" in the X-Men universe. In X-Men: Apocalypse this May, En Sabah Nur is awakening from millennia of slumber to remake the world as he sees fit, but he won’t be seen in the present day. Continuing with the trend of the "First Class" trilogy, the latest X-Men movie is jumping ahead 10 years to 1983. So for the folks in the X-Men cinematic universe who were around then, they got to enjoy this special program spotlighting Apocalypse and the destruction he caused.
Parodying Leonard Nimoy’s In Search of… TV series that aired from 1977 to 1982, this X-Men: Apocalypse viral video, titled In the Footsteps of…, is a video advertising the history series upcoming episode about En Sabah Nur. Although the existence of mutants was only made public 10 years earlier in X-Men: Days of Future Past, the promo reveals that the "First Mutant" might have lived in Egypt thousands of years ago. Dubbed a "bringer of death," he was responsible for destroying many civilizations and killing millions. However, this being vanished from history, and now numerous mysteries remain about what happened during that time period.
Along with the video, the X-Men: Apocalypse Twitter account is also posting illustrations of horrible events that destroyed whole civilizations, and while the captions are vague, we can assume Apocalypse himself triggered them. Here’s one of Atlantis’ sinking.
That’s right, folks, the mythical city was real, but if we’re analyzing this correctly, Apocalypse was the one who submerged it into the waters. Here’s another one concerning the Decline of the Mycenaeans Casualties.
In the X-Men: Apocalypse trailers, we’ve seen that the CIA, including X-Men ally Moira McTaggert, have accumulated information about Apocalypse and the mutants’ bringing forth some kind of Second Coming. We also know from concept art that Apocalypse’s tomb will be found by individuals in the movie, and it’s likely that they’ll inadvertently awaken him in the ‘80s. After a restful few millennia, he’ll resume his mission of cleansing the world of weakness and remaking society into one where only the strong will survive. Assisting him will be his Four Horsemen, and only the X-Men will stand a chance of preventing the planet from being annihilated.
X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters on May 27.