Film: X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse is the 2016 sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past and the eighth installment in Fox's X-Men film franchise, directed by Bryan Singer. The film is set in the 1980s, and concerns Professor X's quest to find Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm in order to form the X-Men once again. As this happens, an ancient and very powerful mutant known as Apocalypse rises, and he's leading his Four Horsemen through a rampage to bring about his namesake.

Its cast includes:

Viral Marketing for the film can be found here and here.


Tropes applying to this film:

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Mystique, Beast, Apocalypse, and Nightcrawler are different shades of blue.
  • Antagonist Title: Or subtitle in this case.
  • Apocalypse How: Accidental Pun aside, the writer has said there is an "Extinction-Level Event", which is a Class 3 of some sort.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Quicksilver will return in this movie as a major character with a larger role in the plot.
    • Jubilee finally gets a more substantial role after brief non-speaking cameos in the first three movies.
  • Big Bad: Apocalypse is set to be the main threat, given the Antagonist Title this movie has.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Moira MacTaggert returns after being absent in Days of Future Past.
    • We finally get to see Nightcrawler again after 13 long years!
    • Jubilee returns in a larger role after nearly a decade of sitting X-Men movies out. Angel, who was introduced in X-Men: The Last Stand, also "waited" the same amount of time.
  • California Doubling: As with Days of Future Past, Apocalypse will be filmed in Montreal.
  • Continuity Reboot: Technically the first installment in the new X-Men series following the Cosmic Retcon in Days Of Future Past (though First Class is still canon). To show this trope is in full force, the writer has confirmed that we will likely see entirely different iterations of characters who appeared in the original trilogy. Word of God is that thanks to Mystique's actions in Days of Future Past, history has been altered so greatly that some mutants have now been born long before they were in the original timeline.
  • Demoted to Extra: Wolverine's role in this film will be comparatively smaller than previous installments including him (cameo in X-Men: First Class notwithstanding), due to the focus on the team that Charles Xavier is trying to assemble.
  • Disaster Movie: The genre.
  • The Eighties: The plot will take place in 1983, according to Simon Kinberg in this article.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Angel's bird-like wings are grafted to metal when he becomes Archangel, one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen.
  • Five-Bad Band: Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen - one of which is Archangel.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Since the movie takes place in the 1980s of the new timeline, and the ending scene of DoFP takes place later in the same timeline, it is obvious that at least Xavier, Wolverine, Beast, Rogue, Iceman, Shadowcat, Colossus, Storm, Jean and Cyclops will survive the events of the movie.
    • Archangel is going to become the Hroseman Death and the film will be an adaptation of Fall of the Mutants.
  • For Want of a Nail: Because of the changes to the original timeline, the public is widely aware of the Mutant presence in the world nearly two decades before they originally did... And this ends up bringing En Sabah Nur into the mix. Also, various characters were born much earlier than they were originally. Somehow.
  • Friendly Enemy: Professor X and Magneto will be this, according to Simon Kinberg:
    "At the end of the movie, [Magneto] flies away without his helmet, with the implication that he'll go off and continue to be Magneto in some form, but not be able to hide it from Charles, who'll be able to read his mind and track him. There's a truce of some kind between Charles and Magneto, but there's a part of Magneto that will always be the Magneto we know from the comics."
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Writer Simon Kinberg has said that they want to avert this trope with Apocalypse's character in the film, according to the interview listed under Apocalypse How.
    Simon Kinberg: So he's not just somebody who's out there destroying the world because he can. What he's doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a real compelling, coherent philosophy. He tries to proselytize and convert people – maybe some of our most familiar characters – to come to his cause.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Simon Kinberg has said that Apocalypse is the third chapter of a love story between Magneto and Professor X.
    "If First Class was Erik's story and Days of Future Past is Charles' story, then Apocalypse will be both of their stories. The first movie was about Erik becoming empowered. That's the origin story of a man's power. Days of Future Past is about a guy who is a mess, masterminding the end of this massive movie. So they are both at their peak powers at the start of Apocalypse, so Apocalypse for me is the culmination of that three-act love story."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: This trope will presumably occur with Magneto and Quicksilver (at least during the Time Skip in between Days of Future Past and this movie) based on these comments by Simon Kinberg, who has confirmed that Erik is Peter's father:
    "It is a fascinating relationship. Erik grew up without a family, it's such a huge part of him, of his mission. So the idea of exploring what it means for Magneto to be a father and reconnect with a son many years after his birth, is fascinating and certainly something that would be interesting to explore in future films."
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • During filming, James McAvoy and Rose Byrne will be 36 years old while Michael Fassbender will be 38, but their characters are in their late forties/early fifties in 1983.
    • Nicholas Hoult will be 25 years old during principal photography, but if we assume that his character was around 20 in 1962, then in 1983 Beast is pushing 40.
  • Stock Subtitle: Apocalypse. Unique in that it doubles as a character name.
  • Time Abyss: Since he was young during the reign of the Egyptian Empire, En Sabah Nur has been around for four to five thousand years at the least.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: New actors will portray the teenage incarnations of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Jubilee, and Angel. In addition, an older actor will play the older incarnation of Apocalypse.
  • The Quest: In the last film, Wolverine asked the younger Xavier to find Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm as soon as possible. The search for these three will be part of the main plot.
  • The Social Darwinist: Apocalypse takes this to an extreme level, as always.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Word of God is that the film will take great pains to demonstrate why Apocalypse views his genocidal actions as rational and necessary. Which is a bit of a... departure from his usual portrayal, which presents him as a nihilistic, megalomaniacal monster with a literal god-complex.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: As per Singer's claims, many of the younger characters are depicted as teenagers in the 80s timeframe when they would have been younger (or not yet born) in the original trilogy's timeline. This would be fine... except that the point of divergence - Mystique sparing Trask's life - happened only a decade prior, meaning they couldn't be older than nine years if their births were sped up specifically by that nail in question. (expect for Cyclops, who was already a teen by 1979 as shown in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) Notably, in X-Men: The Last Stand, Jean Grey was depicted as a preteen in its prologue scenes (which were set 20 years prior, presumably also the 80s). Of course, this assumes that the film is set entirely in 1983 as previously claimed - if it moves ahead in the timeline this may yet be avoided.
  • Younger and Hipper: This movie features Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Jubilee, and Angel as adolescents.