X-Men: Apocalypse premieres in theaters later this month, and the series of trailers have teased an epic storyline that features a huge cast of mutants battling it out over the fate of the planet. The destructive villain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), deadly enough on his own, has also gathered four Horsemen to his cause: Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Archangel (Ben Hardy).
A recent clip from the upcoming film showed Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) explaining the lore around En Sabah Nur, a.k.a Apocalypse, believed to be the first mutant. Born centuries ago, Apocalypse had powers "greater than any man could possess." While we've seen examples of that power, we now have a fuller picture of the man and his motivations.
In the latest featurette from Fox, which you can watch above, director Bryan Singer explains how Apocalypse "brought civilization to mankind" several millennia ago. He also "believed he was a god," which may have something to do with his ability to rejeuvenate himself repeatedly by taking on another mutant body, plus his never-ending collection of those mutants' powers. Once Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and his young X-men team encounter Apocalypse, he's had thousands of years of gathering a multitude of strengths and abilities.
The video also explains that when Apocalypse wakes up to 1983, he encounters what he feels is "one giant, corrupt civilization." His instinct is to destroy that human civilization, but as we've seen hints of in previous trailers, he's looking to rebuild his own mutant world out of the rubble.
While Apocalypse clearly has enough power to control the mutants who serve him, we've learned in previous trailers that Erik/Magneto isn't fighting against it. Throughout all of Erik's history that we've seen so far, humankind has not treated him well, and the apparent death of his family has now estranged him still further from Professor X's peaceful philosophy. The strength of the X-men films has always been that it focuses as much on the character's personal emotions and struggles as on the explosive action, and Apocalypse looks to be continuing that trend.
Singer promises that this will be the biggest X-Men movie yet, where the "stakes are much higher." The suspense for fans will certainly be great, watching to see how an inexperienced group of mutants, led by reluctant leader Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), can possibly fight "against a god" to save the world.
X-Men: Apocalypse will see theatrical release in the U.S. on May 27th, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12th, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Source: 20th Century Fox