Well, here we are again with another potentially big piece of news regarding the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse. We learned earlier today that the film will likely be a direct sequel to next year’s Days of Future Past and that the film will once again pull characters, and in turn actors, from both the First Class timeline, as well as the original X-Men films. With a sub-title like Apocalypse, it’s a pretty safe bet that the film will introduce one of the biggest and most bad-ass villains the mutant team has ever faced. In the comics, the character is named as the original mutant, born thousands of years ago. He’s known for taking control of other mutants and transforming them to serve as his Four Horsemen. The question remains, though, how will the character be introduced? The folks over at FirstShowing have a source that give them an idea.

Needless to say, what follows is full of SPOILERS! So if you don’t want any of the next few X-Men films spoiled for you, stop reading now and check out some of the other awesome stories we have here on ComicBookTherapy. Also, as this information is unconfirmed, it should be taken as hearsay and not as fact until we can get some sort of confirmation or denial.


Still with me? Good, put on your X-Men timeline cap and see if you can keep up with this bit of news. According to one of the site’s sources, they know who will be playing the titular villain and how this person becomes Apocalypse. Yes, you read that correctly, one of the current characters from the franchise will become the big baddie.

The site received pages from the current script of the film as proof of these events, which also detail some supposedly spectacular events, but they did not mention what those events are due to them wanting to keep things a surprise. Kudos for that. So, the “credits bumper” scene is as follows. Get ready!

…the credits bumper jumps back to the past with a young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in a ramshackle house in the desert eating dinner, clearly on the run from all the authorities who want to bring him down. While using a well outside to get some water, the young Magneto sees something fall from the night sky and crash to Earth nearby. Upon inspecting the impact zone, he encounters what is described as an “alien form” who is “towering, terrifying, with a twisted metal face and dark pits for eyes.” It’s Apocalypse and he says, “I have crossed rivers of time to find you.” Magneto asks, “Who are you?”
The alien responds, “I am your future.” Suddenly Apocalypse merges with Magneto, who screams and blasts an insane amount of energy and shockwaves around him. This energy explosion levels everything around him, with a blast radius that goes for miles. As Magneto looks at what he’s done, he has a realization of the power he now holds and a villainous grin begins to form before the film cuts to black.

As FirstShowing suggests, this bit of news indicates that we may only be following the cast from X-Men: First Class rather than both timelines, but as I mentioned earlier, it’s already been revealed that both casts will likely be featured. With such an important event like this taking place, it could certainly affect what happens in the future timeline, which may explain how the original X-Men cast may be included. In Days of Future Past, the element of time travel will be introduced, so that may carry over into the sequel of that film. One has to wonder if the general movie-going audience is ready and willing to accept such a complex story line. Comic fans won’t have an issue, especially if they’ve read more than two X-Men comic runs.

One thing that is not mentioned is whether Apocalypse will stay fused with Magneto for the entire film or if the two will separate and face each other for mutant domination. So many unanswered questions! Luckily, we have over two years to get it all figured out. What do you think of this twist on the familiar story? Has Fox finally jumped the shark or is this something you’d want to see? Sound off below!


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