Those that stayed and watched the post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse know that there is a very real evil on the way in the future of the X-Men franchise. While the special tag never says his name explicitly, it does make it very clear that we will soon see the heroes of the comic book movie series face off against the deadly villain known as Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mister Sinister. It was certainly an exciting reveal for fans of the genre... but for those who have no idea who the antagonist is, it's pretty meaningless.

Fortunately, for those of you who fall into that camp, we're here to help you out. In order to give you a baseline understanding of who Mister Sinister is and what we can expect from him in future X-Men movies, we've put together this list of bullet points. After reading, you should be just as excited for the character's big screen debut as those who have been reading about him for the last 29 years. Speaking of which...

Mister Sinister made his debut in 1987

In the late 1980s, writer Chris Claremont and artist Marc Silvestri got a bit tired of constantly returning to Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as antagonists for the stories they were writing in X-Men comics. So when it came around to writing Uncanny X-Men #221 for release in September 1987 (part of the "Mutant Massacre" storyline), they took the opportunity to introduce a whole new kind of baddie of the mutant heroes. His part in the issue is brief -- merely shown in the first few pages berating his team of mutant assassins known as the Marauders -- but in the larger arc he would ultimately establish himself as a formidable force with which to be reckoned. It wasn't until 1996 and the limited series The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix that his full backstory was explained.

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