One of the best comic book films of 2014 was undoubtedly X-Men Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer’ triumphant return to the franchise he started, was truly remarkable. Then it was announced that the next installment in the X-Men universe will be the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse. If you know anything about the Age of Apocalypse storyline from the comics then this announcement should excite the hell out of you.
What’s Even more exciting is that the ridiculously talented Oscar Isaac has been cast to play the monster Apocalypse. So they are coming off of what may have been the best film of the franchise, and they have cast an Oscar caliber actor to play the biggest villain in X-Men lore.. Yes!!!!
Recently IGN did an interview with the villain to be and Isaac had this to say about the cinematic version of the character.
On Apocalypse recruiting his horsemen:
Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horsemen.
On Apocalypse’s powers and how they are approaching them:
Figuring out what the limits are and how it relates to how he moves and what it costs him. That’s always a fun thing. So to be able to sit with [writer/producer] Simon Kinberg and – as a fan – just go through it and be like, ‘Well what about this!?! You know, this is something that he does in the comics and is there a way to incorporate this? Or if he has this power suddenly how do we make that not come out of nowhere?’ So it’s really fun to map that thing out. But yes, the nature of how his powers manifest themselves is to a certain extent quite open to interpretation. Because there are so many and they are so vast.
On the idea of Apocalypse:
We associate so strongly with destruction, but it actually means to lift back the curtains. On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think to reveal the weakness – how weak we’ve become. Because this is an ancient entity. So to come to – I think 1983 – and say, ‘How did the world become so weak? How did we allow ourselves to become so weak and to enslave ourselves.’ I think that’s where he’s coming from.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Oscar Isaac and Ian McKellan and is directed by Bryan Singer. X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.
I don’t know about you guys, but all of Isaac’s comments sound terrific to me. He seems to have an admiration and excitement that should lead to another incredible performance of his, and I love where he says they are taking the character of Apocalypse. So what do you guys think? Are you excited about the upcoming Apocalypse? Drop a comment and let’s start a discussion.