Apocalypse is coming, and his arrival should prove deadly. X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters this May and seems poised to become the biggest, deadliest X-Men adventure yet. As a result of this, the film will likely see some of the most lethal on-screen mutants the franchise has used to date. One such character is Olivia Munn’s Psylocke, and according to the actress, she won’t mess around when it comes to killing people in droves.
Speaking with CNET, Olivia Munn opened up about her role as the mutant Psylocke, as well as the character’s willingness to go to extremes in a fight. She said:
You see a lot of superheroes [who] don’t always want to kill, and they’ll avoid it if they can. She’s never had a problem killing, and I like that she was the bad guy that had no problem being the bad guy. She’s telekinetic and telepathic so she can read your mind. She can create anything with her mind. To win any fights, she can just create a mountain and have it fall down on you, but she chooses to create a sword so she can kill up close and personal. I always thought that was really cool and badass.
Like Olivia Munn says, Psylocke is a telekinetic telepath. She can manifest just about any object or weapon she could possibly need, and often chooses swords in order to get intimate with her killing. Psylocke seems to stand out as a modern cinematic comic book character that has absolutely no problem taking a life in order to win a fight. As one of the title character's Four Horsemen in X-Men: Apocalypse, Psylocke’s status in the movie will be that of a villain, but her comic book counterpart also has associations with the heroic X-Men. Even if she switches sides at any point during the film, something tells us she still won’t give up her penchant for murder.
Killing is one of those concepts that no superhero universe can totally agree on. On one hand, the DCEU has made killing a fairly morally reprehensible action, and all evidence points to characters like Batman and Superman trying their hardest not to kill in their upcoming movies. However, the Fox X-Men universe – which Olivia Munn’s Psylocke calls home – relies on characters like Wolverine and Deadpool, who have absolutely no qualms with killing in order to win. In the middle lies the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which seems to have struck a balance between those two ideologies. Captain America and Iron Man have definitely killed in their films, but characters like Daredevil maintain a steadfast refusal to take a life.
We’re beyond excited to see where Olivia Munn takes the character of Psylocke. She’s a badass woman who exhibits some of the coolest mutant traits we’ve seen to date. We'll just have to wait and see the kind of carnage she brings to the table when X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27.