X-Men: Apocalypse brings to life one of the most powerful villains in the entire X-Men comics, En Sabah Nur. Oscar Isaac plays the ancient mutant in Bryan Singer's film, and although we already got a first look at what he'll look like, there's still one pressing question X-Men fans want to know: who will be his Four Horsemen? Isaac took the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con with his fellow cast members and he finally revealed who the lucky henchmen (and women) are.
While Apocalypse is an insanely powerful mutant in the comic books, another thing he likes to do is find wayward mutants, brainwash them and physically enhance them into becoming his principal warriors. They are named after the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and are nicknamed Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. The comics have featured a variety of characters in these roles, but for the cinematic adaptation the Four Horsemen will be Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto. They are played by actors Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy and Michael Fassbender, respectively. This could change later on in the film, but for one portion these are the golden children.
We already knew that Hardy's winged mutant would become a Horseman after Singer shared some official concept art of his transformation into Archangel. Isaac revealed the other three names to the audience in Hall H when discussing his character. We had an inkling that Storm would be one of the others, after another piece of concept art revealed Cyclops firing his eye beams at Storm while Jean took cover under some wreckage. With the exception of Angel, there aren't classic comic book arcs that feature any of these characters as the Horsemen. However, it's interesting to note that the X-Men: Evolution animated series saw both Storm and Magneto brainwashed into taking the position. And it sucks for Magneto, because, as Fassbender said during the panel, we meet him in the beginning of the film trying to settle down with a family.
While Apocalypse has a variety of powers in the comic books, the actor said that his version hones in on persuasion, meaning he can overpower the will of other mutants and force them to do his bidding. He's even able to best the all-powerful Professor Charles Xavier, which is saying something. Isaac went on to describe Apocalypse as a cult leader, who's looking for people, like his Horsemen, to join his cause.
X-Men: Apocalypse picks up 10 years after the "past" story line in Days of Future Past. According to Singer, mutants are now known to the world and are accepted, though there are still those that fear and hate them, and others who idolize them as gods. Rounding out this immense cast are James McAvoy as the now bald Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Holt as Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Lana Condor as Jubilee, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Rose Bryne as Doctor Moira MacTaggert, Lucas Till as Havok and Tomas Lemarquis as Caliban.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.
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