The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer didn't hold back in living up to its namesake. It introduced the ancient titular villain, his entourage of four recruited mutants who serve as his Horsemen, and teased mass scale destruction.
Apocalypse aims to rid the world of the weak and rule in the aftermath. Part of the character's (real name: En Sabah Nur) power set enabling him to do this is the ability to enhance the powers of other mutants, as per director Bryan Singer's description of the character and trailer after it released.
En Sabah Nur's (Oscar Isaac) powers, we suspect explain the unique, alien-esque costumes the Four Horsemen suit up in, and it certainly explains why they're more powerful. The brief shots of the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer for instance, highlight Storm summoning lethal weather conditions and Magneto controlling all sorts of flying debris as a city is torn apart. We also see Angel's new Archangel look, metal wings that fire razor-sharp blades included. We know from early concept art of the film that Angel (Ben Hardy) has normal, bird-like feathery wings before enlisting in Apocalypse's troupe.
As part of EW's coverage of X-Men: Apocalypse, studio Twentieth Century Fox shared concept art highlighting Magneto's now-even-more powerful mastery over magnetism.
As for what's going on in this particular X-Men: Apocalypse sequence, Singer explains that it's just a tease what of Magneto can really do.
“Magneto is demonstrating a small taste of what he can do now. Magneto is already enormously powerful…. Now Apocalypse gives him powers far beyond what we’ve seen before.”
Can the new, younger X-Men with the help of Quicksilver and Mystique stand up to these characters with these powers? Or will Magneto and/or others need to come to their senses to help stop Apocalypse - arguably the most powerful and dangerous of X-Men villains in Marvel Comics.
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Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Deadpool opens in theaters February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.