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.
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The “Age of Apocalypse” crossover from 1995-1996. This alternate universe storyline features a world in which Apocalypse has conquered most of the world.