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For many comic book fans in the ‘90s, their first exposure to the character Apocalypse was through X-Men: The Animated Series. Now that Apocalypse is being realized in live action next year in X-Men: Apocalypse, comparisons are obviously going to be made between the movie and the classic show, but why not get the best of both worlds? You can now do that thanks to a mashup of the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer with footage from X-Men: The Animated Series. Take a look.
Laying audio from the first X-Men: Apocalypse preview over images from X-Men: The Animated Series, Youtuber Philysteak has created a cool mix of two different periods of X-Men history. The exaggerated facial expressions of the animated characters combined with the dramatic lines said by the movie’s stars make for an entertaining watch, and all the while those familiar Fox Kids and ABC Family (where the show aired reruns) logos loom in the corners. The biggest takeaway from this entire mashup is how different these Apocalypses look, with the animated one looking massive and muscular like in the comics and the live action one looking more regal. Still, we know both of them have at least one thing in common: they have enough power to wreak destruction across the globe.
Most of X-Men: Apocalypse’s other principal players are also represented, though Havok and Psylocke fans will be left wanting. While Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcralwer are teenagers in X-Men: Apocalypse, in the animated series they were adults, so we see their more experienced versions in the mashup. Jubilee was the youngest member of the team on the series, so she’s a teen in both her animated and live action forms. As for the Four Horsemen, while Magneto and Storm are featured, Archangel is the only one who gets to be a Horsemen in both the series and the movie, with the other ones are the more obscure persons of Pestilence, Famine, and Death.
One thing that X-Men: Apocalypse won’t supply nearly as much of compared to the animated series is anachronistic technology. Next to old school devices like VCRs were a lot of futuristic gadgets, like Charles Xavier’s hoverchair, which his live action counterpart didn’t get until X-Men: Days of Future Past. The only futuristic thing X-Men: Apocalypse has (so far) is Cerebro. Speaking of which, it appears the good Professor has a habit across different media of being negatively affected while using the supercomputer.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016, but in the meantime, you can always check out Apocalypse’s appearances on X-Men: The Animated Series to recall the old days when he the Egyptian powerhouse made his first appearances outside the printed page and we never thought he’d appear in a theatrical movie.