While X-Men: Days of Future Past nearly saw the end of mutantkind at the hands of Bolivar Trask’s Sentinels, next year’s follow-up, X-Men: Apocalypse, could spell the end of humankind (and give credence to Trask’s goal) at the hands of its all-powerful titular villain. Also known as En Sabah Nur, or The First One, Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac) seeks to uphold and propagate the natural order of evolution – i.e., survival of the fittest – by wiping out humanity. But the immortal despot won’t be working alone; come next year, he’ll call upon “sentinels” of his own, known as the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.

As revealed at Comic-Con earlier this summer and teased in promotional images for the film, the Horsemen will be comprised of Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and a mohawked Storm (Alexandra Shipp). While both Archangel and Psylocke have figured prominently as Horsemen in the comics – and Magneto’s hostility to humanity likely explains his inclusion – Storm’s allegiance to the villain (mind control notwithstanding) is the most intriguing, considering her heroic destiny.

Thanks to a new set photo from director (and social media manager) Bryan Singer – which shows Storm intensely surveying the vast, gloomy landscape of Cairo – it seems X-Men: Apocalypse has an opportunity to explore the character’s troubled and tragic origins.

#Storm watches over #1983 #Cairo via the magic of real time #simulcam @alexandrashipppp

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

For those unfamiliar with the comic book lore, Storm is orphaned as a child after an aircraft attack – leaving her with extreme claustrophobia – and later becomes a skilled thief in the Egyptian capital city. When her powers manifest in full, she is worshipped as a goddess before Professor X eventually finds and recruits her as an X-Man. Of course, in the film, Apocalypse will seemingly be the one to find and recruit her first. While it is unclear how much of the character’s established history will be adapted on-screen, the correlation between her and Apocalypse as quasi-gods – along with her parentless, unstable past – could explain why Storm would be so susceptible to the villain’s infamous persuasion and manipulation.

Typical of the previous X-Men films and the themes explored within them, Storm may struggle with her allegiance to the super villain throughout the film. The above image may well hint at this struggle, with the character appearing apprehensive about her decisions, desires, and place in the ever-changing world – hence the (metaphorical?) storm clouds.

If anything, the photo reveals the grand size and scope of the film, especially on the back of Singer’s other posts, depicting both the X-Mansion and Cairo in ruins. That said, with large-scale destruction on the horizon, and confirmation that this will serve as the longstanding franchise’s finale, a storm is definitely coming – metaphorical or not.

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. New Mutants is also in the work without a release date.

Source: Bryan Singer

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