Welcome to the Countdown to Apocalypse here at TMStash. This week we’re going to take a look at the characters, both returning and new, for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film. Today I’m going to familiarize you with the films main villain, played by Oscar Isaac, who is determined to bring about the end of days in order to exact his credo upon the human race, Apocalypse.
Briefly appearing first in X-Factor #5 with a full appearance in X-Factor #6, Apocalypse was born thousands of years ago and is believed to be the worlds first person to carry the Mutant-X gene. He was abandoned by his people as an infant due to his unnatural grey skin and blue lips, but was taken in by the nomad warrior clan known as the Sandstormers. They named him En Sabah Nur, which means “The First One”. After his powers emerged in a fit of rage he took the name Apocalypse and used his peoples credo, “survival of the fittest”, to shape his vision for the future. Even though he sees mutants as the next step in evolution, if you are weak and unfit to survive it doesn’t matter to Apocalypse if you’re a human or mutant. After stumbling upon Celestial technology, he was able to enhance his abilities as well as other humans and mutants. It was through this method that he created the super villain Mister Sinister and cultivated his four horsemen, powerful mutants made even more powerful to help him cull the weak and shape the world as he saw fit. The best example is original X-Man Warren Worthington III (Angel) who was given razor sharp metal wings and led his forces as the horseman of Death Archangel.
Apocalypse is more or less immortal/eternal and has a pretty broad power set, especially after merging himself with Celestial technology to augment his abilities and make him fairly invulnerable. He can manipulate every molecule in his body allowing himself to alter his physical appearance, enhance his physical abilities, and turn his hands into various weaponry, ect. You get it. If he can think it, he can do it. Additionally he can absorb and project energy, regenerate if you can actually damage him, use pretty much any and all mutant abilities you can think of along with telekinesis, telepathy, and technopathy which allows him to interface and use any technology. So yeah, he’s pretty much a God. He also doesn’t consider himself to be malevolent, he honestly believes that by thinning the heard he is doing the right thing, the natural thing.
A big part of his being eternal comes from his dealings with the Celestials, which are pretty much some of the oldest and most powerful beings in the known universe/multiverse. Though immortal/eternal, there are those through time and space, like his nemesis Cable, who have found ways of defeating Apocalypse. Though it is always on a temporary basis thanks to his incredible rate of regeneration and Lazarus chamber. All of these things have allowed him to return somehow and someway. Currently, he is in the form of a youngster who joined Xavier’s school and is now part of the All-New X-Men. Evan Sabahnur (right), or Genesis, is destined to become Apocalypse, but continuously strives towards a better path.
Aside from his vast history in comics, he has also appeared in both Fox’s 90’s X-Men and X-Men Evolution animated series along with several video game appearances. Fox’s show really did the character justice, at least in my opinion, especially when it came to his megalomaniacal lines . Every single time I read a comic with Apocalypse I hear it in the voice work of John Colicos from that series. Here are some great examples:
“I am Apocalypse! Look upon the future and tremble!”
“Increase the power! I want to hear the cries of a future being born!”
“The old world passes away. Together, we shall forge a new one, in fire and blood. The future is transformed. I am the instrument to purify the world, the evil of humans and mutants must be cut away! You shall help me, tear down the old order! Those who oppose me shall perish, through my agents of destruction!”
“There is no freedom from me, only freedom through me.”
“I am the rocks of the eternal shore. Crash against me and be broken!”
“From the ashes of this world, I will build a better one”
So it looks like for the film Apocalypse has been resting in his Lazarus chamber until something awakens him to a weak, unworthy world. He gathers his four horseman of Storm, Psylocke, Archangel, and Magneto to purge the world of the weak and build a better one for the strong. Aside from the early reactions from critics and “fans” alike, I’m very much looking forward to this film and will most likely enjoy it. What do you think, Comic Nation? Are you ready for Apocalypse to test the X-Men or is it the end of Fox’s ride with Marvels Mutants? Let us know and check back with us tomorrow as the Countdown to Apocalypse continues with a look at Apocalypse’s four horseman for the film and the various versions from the comics. X-Men: Apocalypse opens everywhere Friday, May 27th.