The X-Men returned to theaters last weekend with “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Bringing in $111 million in its four days, the film is in the top five Memorial Day weekend openings of all time.
A lot of the buzz after the film focused on the post-credit sequence, which introduced a new character to the X-Men cinematic mythos. The following background on the character will include some spoilers for those who haven’t seen the post-credit sequence.
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Following the credits for “Days of Future Past,” a gray-skinned mutant is seen using his abilities to craft a pyramid as followers chant “En Sabah Nur.”
In the comics, “En Sabah Nur” is the name of Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s fiercest foes. The next X-Men film has been announced with the title “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Director Bryan Singer told Entertainment Weekly that the film will be set in the 1980s and will be “somewhat” based on the comic-book alternate-universe storyline “Age of Apocalypse.”
“(The movie) won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” Singer said.
Apocalypse is a nearly 5,000-year-old apparent immortal who was the first recorded mutant. With his four horsemen — Pestilence, Famine, War and Death — he’s been a powerful adversary to the X-Men.
“Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy,” Singer told Entertainment Weekly. “What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”
The first appearance of Apocalypse was in “X-Factor” No. 5 by Louise Simonson and Jackson Guice in a last-panel cameo. The character’s first full appearance was in the next issue.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set to open on Memorial Day weekend in 2016.
The “Age of Apocalypse” crossover from 1995-1996. This alternate universe storyline features a world in which Apocalypse has conquered most of the world.