‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Crash Course

Brian Linder
Movies Marvel
Movies Marvel

Are you ready for X-Men: Apocalypse? It’s totally understandable if the timey wimey-ness of the “revised” X-Men trilogy has you feeling uncertain about what exactly is going on with Marvel’s Mutant heroes and villains. Don’t fret, we’ve got answers to all of your burning questions…

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When Does X-Men: Apocalypse Take Place?

The movie picks up ten years after X-Men: Days of the Future Past. Xavier has kept his promise to Wolverine, and both Jean and Scott are safe and sound at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. But it isn’t long before the X-Men are called into action once again to save humankind.

Who are the villains in X-Men: Apocalypse?

It’s no secret who the “big bad” is — his name is in the title. En Sabah Nur is a godlike mutant, considered the first and most powerful of his kind. After thousands of years of hibernation, Apocalypse reawakens in the 1980s, which totally sucks for him. He turns on the TV — no, really — and doesn’t like what he sees. En Sabah Nur and his new recruits — the Four Horseman (Magneto, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel) plot to wipe the Earth clean and create a new world where Mutants reign supreme.

Who are the new X-Men in X-Men: Apocalypse?

The only ones who can stop Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen are the X-Men, of course. And the team has a new roster made up of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Jubilee (Lana Condor). With the help of Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne), they might just stand a chance.

What comics is X-Men: Apocalypse based on?

The film is partially inspired by numerous titles, most notably Terry Kavanagh and Adam Pollina’s 1996 miniseries “Rise of Apocalypse,” which tells the character’s origin story. The character first appeared in 1986’s “X-Factor Vol 1” — from which Singer also cribs a little of this story, the origin of Archangel in particular.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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