X-Men: Apocalypse is a movie that is categorically despised by the fandom for its story. The fans were hyped before the release of the movie since Apocalypse is one of the most iconic X-Men villains. But as the movie progressed the fans became more and more infuriated by the movie’s treatment of its characters. Apocalypse was supposed to be a good follow-up to days of future past but turned out to be a barely coherent motion picture. If we look past all the community hate we realize that some could call X-Men: Apocalypse good. So we have collected 10 things about X-Men Apocalypse.
The Seal on Apocalypse
The starting scene of the movie takes place in Cairo. The massive set, the costumes, and various other elements in the scene make it iconic. It is a spectacle, to say the least, and we are glad to witness it. The spectacle is soon followed by the sealing of Apocalypse in a way that he may not pose a threat to the earth anymore. The tension in the sequence is second only to the threat that Apocalypse poses. It is a brilliant opening sequence, to say the least.
Introduction to Dark Phoenix
No matter what anyone says we loved seeing Sophie Turner portray Jean Grey. She has this effortless charm about her that screams Jean every time she is on screen. This is only accentuated by her unprecedented transformation in the final fight with Apocalypse. At a moment when all the X-Men were staggered by the power of Apocalypse and an awakened Magneto, Jean was the one who transformed into the Dark Phoenix and took it upon herself to put the villain into the ground.
The Rad 80s
No matter who you are you cannot deny that the 1980s was a rad period to be alive in. it was the time of glasses and baggy jackets. Combine that with the off-beat X-Men and you get a beautiful combination of these elements in a way that is more than just visually appealing. It is a fun time and the movie uses it well by combining era-specific callbacks with character preferences. I mean, take Scott’s glasses for example. Everything about the character screams the 80s.
In the post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse we got to see a henchman collect mutant DNA vials from the Weapon X facility. This is a callback to Mr. Sinister from the comics. he is a villain who regularly cataloged mutant DNA to create an army of clones to destroy the X-Men sooner than later. The villain was being set up for a future Fox X-Men movie but the plan was seemingly scrapped. Pity, we would have loved to see such a character make his appearance in the X-Men Universe.
Moira is a tough-as-nails CIA agent who was introduced in X-Men: First Class. She acts as a liaison between the Mutants and the government and is also portrayed as a potential love interest for Charles Xavier. We rarely get to see Professor X engage in such things so it was definitely interesting to have Moira on the screen. Needless to say, we were quite happy to see her return for Apocalypse.
Like Father Like Son
The emotional Center point of Apocalypse’s plot was Magneto’s struggle. He was looking for a family all throughout the movie and unbeknownst to him he was fighting against his own son. Quicksilver is the child of Magneto, both in comics and in the X-Men movies. So when Magneto’s main reason for going evil was revealed to be a lack of family, comic fans found themselves screaming at the screen for Erik to realize the obvious.
The Giant Villain
During the marketing campaign of X-Men: Apocalypse we got to see a giant version of Apocalypse. The Villain was chasing around a tiny Charles Xavier. It was a fun little short and garnered a lot of publicity for the movie. When the theatrical cut was released we did not get to see that particular chase scene. But we got a very nice power-up sequence at the end of the movie.
We got a very short action sequence from Logan in X-Men Apocalypse. After all, it’s not an X-Men movie without Wolverine. Even in X-Men Days of Future Past, the story revolved around Wolverine. After all others, Deadpool has put it best, “Yout Superpower is not healing factor Logan, it is your popularity”. The Action sequence in Apocalypse has a high body count too, like any proper Wolverine scene.
Even though the overall verdict of X-Men Apocalypse was less than favorable from the audiences, it is prudent to mention that Erik was the emotional pull of the movie. He finally got a fleshed-out origin story that is developed into a more iconic journey to the dark side. It is amazing how he moves to evil even though he has always had family and friendship with Xavier. From the family’s death by the polish militia to the final powerup, Magneto truly shines in X-Men: Apocalypse.
It is always nice to see Quicksilver in the X-Men movies. He has certainly become a fancy trope as well as a treat for the eyes. Always accompanied by an iconic song and always saving the X-Men, quicksilver speeds through the Xavier mansion doing the most heroic stuff in a Superhero movie. Quite extraordinary if you ask me.
These were all the good things about X-Men Apocalypse.