Her Suped-Up Superpowers
That's right, it isn't just Magneto who gets his powers revved up by Apocalypse, but each and every one of his Horsemen. But even if 'The First Mutant' is able to manipulate such a vulnerable, impressionable girl into his superpowered bodyguard, his powers apparently do have limits:
"What [Apocalypse] does is, he has the power... to enhance your power. So while you're around him, he's got all these mega level mutants. He's able to turn them into crazy-baboom level mutants. [Storm] has so many powers, but he doesn't even know what her powers are when he meets her. He can just sense the level and that's what attracts him to them... their level and their magnitude of power. I think that his plan for her in the movie is to protect him. Protect him with fog. Protect him with lightening. Blow away a missile. Blow away a plane.
"There is so much that she can do, and what he's looking for is protection because he just woke up after a couple thousand years... She doesn't know that she's really good at being evil because she can be really good at anything with those powers."
If readers are hoping that a turn to the heroic really is in the cards for Storm, then her role as Apocalypse's 'protector' as opposed to 'warrior' is another piece of evidence (it will be easier to forgot the bad crowd she's fallen in with if she doesn't murder any of the good guys). Those inclined toward theorizing and speculating on Apocalypse's own origin story may want to look closely at Shipp's claim that he needs "protection" when he stumbles out into the 20th Century, as well.
Take good, evil, or bad decisions out of the conversation, and it sounds like Storm's new (old?) origin story will be as faithful to the comics as fans would have liked from the start. Born with thousands of years of mutant power in her DNA, orphaned in Cairo, and taken under the wing of a powerful, determined mutant is all taken directly from Marvel Comics. Even if it is the wrong wing she's wound up under.
So, having taken the criticism leveled against the first live-action Storm to heart, and knowing how flexible the time of the X-Men series has become, it's hard to know if this Storm is actually intended to grow up into Halle Berry's. But don't expect Shipp to answer that question, since she had yet to speak to the star actress during our visit, taking the mindset that starting fresh was the right way to go... for several reasons:
"Not yet. I wanted to hold off. I've written like 30 draft emails. I'm like, "Alex, you can be cool about this. You can be cool, it's cool, just be cool". I'm holding off because when I meet her I want to be like, "Oh my God, I love you!" Not be interrogating her, which I think I would have. Also, it's like if my seventeen year old self interviewed my older self after I had figured it all out, I think it'd be just a little bit different than Halle so I wanted to keep that distance."
It was hard not to be swept up by Shipp's enthusiasm, or ignore the realization that, as 'faithful' as this version of the superheroine may be, it is possible to see this version grow up to be the quiet, soft spoken woman from the original X-Men (2000). But if her time spent defending Apocalypse, and fighting against, not with the X-Men sets her on a new path, then perhaps she won't be so polite when it comes to human rights in the future.
What do you make of this revelation? Are you thrilled to hear that Storm's comic book origin is finally being given the attention it deserves - down to the accent? Or do you think the small details are overrated by fans, and are just hoping Shipp can live up to the standard set already? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more coverage from our set visit.
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.