Another week goes by, another mutant is namedropped or spotted on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer’s followup to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently shooting in Montreal and every few days he shares a little something from the production, whether it be a major reveal, a casting announcement or a simple behind-the-scenes photo.
His latest Apocalypse tease is a bit of all of these things, confirming that another important mutant character from Marvel Comics is set to appear in the next X-Men ensemble – one who just so happens to share an important connection to the film’s titular villain.
The following photo from Singer’s Instagram account showcases him and the crew of Apocalypse shooting a sequence underground in what he describes as “Caliban’s place of ‘business’.”
For comic readers, what should immediately come to mind are the Morlocks – mutants who live in hiding, forming an underground community. In fact, there’s another Morlock (Gina Carino’s Angel Dust) set to be introduced next year in Deadpool, as well.
The Morlocks first appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, where their leader Callisto (Dania Ramirez) was written to also have the mutant-locator powers of Caliban. Now, presumably in the 1983 setting of X-Men: Apocalypse, the real Caliban will finally be introduced. As for what his “business” is, we can only assume that might have to do with his ability to locate other mutants – something Apocalypse may be after (the X-Men have Charles Xavier’s Cerebro which serves the same function).
Caliban’s life began as a visibly noticeably mutant for his strange looks and his ability helped Callisto form an underground society for others like them. In the films, it’s possible that he’s done this on his own. More likely though, his appearance means he’ll be recruited by Apocalypse like he was in the comics to become one of his deadly Four Horsemen.
In the books, Caliban wasn’t a very effective field operative for the X-Men’s X-Factor team given his passive superpowers, but he makes a deal with Apocalypse to give him the powers for his personal vendetta against anti-mutant groups who killed other Morlocks. Which, if any, of these story beats from the comics make it into the movie remains to be seen.
The image up top is from Caliban’s temporary resurrection after he died a hero serving for the secret modern X-Force team.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.
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