The upcoming “X-Men” film has finally found its villain.
Earlier last week, it was reported that “X-Men” director Bryan Singer will recast some of Marvel’s iconic superheroes including Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey. The casting for the new Jean Grey and Cyclops is inevitable as the story is set in the 80s, a decade after “X-Men: Days of Future Past“. Thus, Singer has eyed multiple young actors to join “X-Men: Apocalypse“.
But of course, that doesn’t include the titular villain of the film as Apocalypse is believed to be the first mutant and the oldest mutant in the X-Men Universe.
If you have no interest in learning about the history of Apocalypse, read no further because the description about Apocalypse might contain spoilers for any X-Men film.
There’s no denying that Wolverine’s time travel in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has helped Singer to fix the timeline even though a new villain will appear in the alternate timeline. The new villain has been shown through the end credits scene of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Set in the ancient Egypt, the end credits scene of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens with a hooded figure standing on top of a sandY hillside with his arms outstretched while thousands of Egyptian men and women chant “En Sabah Nur” to the boy.
The boy seems to posses a great mutant power as he was seen trying to build the Great Pyramid with his telekinesis power. The camera then pans to his face – grey skin, blue lips, with red eyes – before circling around to 4 mysterious figures on horseback perched on a cliffside to the boy’s left.
However, “En Sabah Nur” is not just any random chant; it is Apocalypse’s birth name that also means “The First One”. He is born with blue lips and gray skins with natural skin markings. Apocalypse is believed to be the first mutant in human history as Kang the Conquerer has traveled back in time as Pharaoh Rama-Tut to stop him from becoming the most powerful mutant in the world. However, Apocalypse’s immortality and superhuman abilities allowed him to survive the attack and even acquire some alien technology left behind by Rama-Tut.
With his abilities and Celestial technology combined, it came as no surprise that Apocalypse is one of the best villains selected by Marvel last year.
The Wrap earlier reported “The Drop” actor Tom Hardy is being considered to play Apocalypse after his outstanding performance as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises“. He was also rumoured to be Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and a member of Warner Bros’ “Suicide Squad“. But now, it has been revealed that the “A Most Violent Year” star Oscar Isaac has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to play the titular villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse”.
Oscar Isaac has previously appeared “Sucker Punch”, “10 Years”, “Drive”, and “The Bourne Legacy” as insignificant supporting roles but his leading role in 2013’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” managed to earn him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The actor also recently joined the cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for an unspecified role.
He may not be a familiar face on the big screen but he is definitely one of Hollywood’s actors that deserve many more awards attention and recognition.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is slated for release on May 27th, 2016.