As the world’s “first” mutant, Apocalypse has a variety of abilities, from immortality to controlling his molecules. However, as seen in the X-Men: Apocalypse teaser trailer, he’s perhaps most dangerous for what he can do to those who serve him, and this isn’t just limited to subverting their will. En Sabah Nur can also increase the power of of his Four Horsemen, and in Magneto’s case, fans will see the Master of Magnetism use his powers in ways we’ve never seen on the big screen before.
While talking about the perks of joining up with Apocalypse, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer told EW that Magneto will have his powers increased even further, and showed a piece of concept art as an example. In Singer’s words:
One of Apocalypse’s many powers is he can imbue other mutants with greater ones. Magneto is demonstrating a small taste of what he can do now. Magneto is already enormously powerful…. Now Apocalypse gives him powers far beyond what we’ve seen before.
Here is the moment Singer is referring to, where Erik is destroying everything in his path while Apocalypse and his fellow Horsemen watch with their mouths likely agape.
To say that Magneto is one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe would be an understatement. Throughout the original movies and the “First Class entries,” we’ve seen him show off his abilities in a number of astounding ways, including lifting the Golden Gate Bridge, a submarine, and a baseball stadium. So for Apocalypse to take those existing powers and boost them to even higher levels will make him almost unstoppable, though I imagine this will eventually backfire on Erik. It’s been said that Apocalypse will find Magneto when he’s “disheartened” so these enhanced powers, combined with Apocalypse’s control, will allow him to strike back at a world that’s been cruel to him his whole life.
Of course, Magneto won’t be the only one getting a power upgrade. Angel, a.k.a. Warren Worthington III, will have his wings coated in metal, allowing him to fire metallic feathers as projectiles. It’s unclear how Storm and Psylocke’s powers will be altered, but they’ll surely be able to wreak untold amounts of destruction to further Apocalypse’s plan of “destroying” the world to build a better one. The only ones standing in their way is the X-Men, both young and old, but with the Four Horsemen’s boosted powers, how the mutant superheroes will defeat their new adversaries remains to be seen.
Moviegoers will see Magneto show off his enhanced abilities when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.