The next X-Men film from 20th Century Fox, X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to shake up the studios' mutant universe while also following through on the new timeline established in last summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apocalypse will not only introduce younger versions of X-Men characters Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and Nightcrawler, but also - according to writer/producer Simon Kinberg - "impact the course of the history in the world."
However, while the upcoming film will be establishing new versions of old characters and impacting the overarching universe, at the center of the movie will be the titular villain, Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina). In a recent interview, the actor talked about creating the character in a way that feels authentic to his mission as well as the movie.
While speaking to Matthew Sardo of the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast, Isaac said he has filmed some scenes for X-Men: Apocalypse - which began production in April - and has seen the final design for his character's makeup. Additionally, Isaac spoke about creating the Apocalypse character with Kinberg and director Bryan Singer as well as how he prepared for the role.
Read Isaac's full quote:
“I’ve been reading the script a lot and trying to come at for me, an interesting angle. Definitely focusing on the fact he is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of god and that energy going in. We’re playing with that. What we are trying to do is make his philosophy and what his mission is, one that is both simple but also holds water, that really makes sense throughout the whole movie. I think Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, we’ve been able to come up with something very cool.”
In previous interviews, Isaac has discussed Apocalypse’s mission, which will resemble that of the character’s comic book counterpart of culling the weak from the strong - essentially survival of the fittest. It seems, from Isaac’s newest comments, that this mission will be integral to the actor’s portrayal of Apocalypse as well as his character’s arc throughout the upcoming X-Men movie.
Of course, Apocalypse’s undertaking of eradicating whole groups of people isn’t a new concept to either the X-Men movies or superhero properties on screen. The original X-Men trilogy dealt with Magneto and his followers who believed mutants to be greater than humans, and that theme was carried over into X-Men: First Class. Even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 finale dealt with a similar storyline concerning its Inhumans characters.
That being said, due to Apocalypse’s vast powers - including immortality, telekinesis, and body manipulation - and his servants, which include the Four Horsemen, the villain is seemingly unstoppable. Although, as Isaac has said previously, even Apocalypse will have his limits. Nevertheless, he and his mission will surely prove to a difficult foe for Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and the younger X-Men.
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters May 27th, 2016.
Source: Monkeys Fighting Robots