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  • Billing Displacement: An odd case because the order of the main cast listing is different on FOX's official website (which is also used for trailers, TV spots and posters), IMDb and the title cards of the end credits, so examples must specify which source. For reference's sake, here's the order shown during the title cards: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor, Željko Ivanek, Anthony Konechny.
    • In every version, Byrne's name appears before Sheridan's and Turner's even though her screen time is smaller than the other two.
    • For IMDb and the end credits' title cards, Peters is also listed higher than Sheridan or Turner, yet Quicksilver is a secondary character while Cyclops and Jean Grey are main characters.
  • Box Office Bomb: Ultimately subverted; while it underperformed domestically and didn't even earn its budget back ($155 million, up against a budget of $178 million), the movie made more than half a billion worldwide. Its total is the third-lowest of the franchise in North America (above First Class and The Wolverine), but the third-highest combined worldwide (behind Days of Future Past and Deadpool).
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  • California Doubling: The exterior of John Abbott College (located in a suburb of Montreal) was the stand-in for the Auschwitz concentration camp. The steel mill factory where Erik works is in Saint-Ours, a town about 75 km from Montreal. The East Berlin fight club venue is the Corona Theatre in Old Montreal.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Apocalypse is voiced by the comedian and actor Ken Matsudaira, better known for non-Japanese audiences as the sumo wrestler Matsutaro Sakaguchi, and to a more specific audience as Tokugawa Yoshimune!
  • Creator Backlash: Many of the cast members including Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac and Jennifer Lawrence state they didn’t enjoy working on this film, with Turner describing director Bryan Singer as “unpleasant”. Isaac's gripes also included Apocalypse's costume and makeup, which according to him prevented him from being able to properly move or even move his head to face the actors.
  • Deleted Scene: The following are included on the Blu-Ray.
    • A scene in Cairo Apocalypse where he kills a man and steals his robe.
    • Alex Summers tries to convince Scott to go to Xavier's School.
    • An extended conversation between Mystique and Beast as they roam the school halls.
    • Scott and Alex say goodbye before he leaves the school with Xavier.
    • An extended scene with Jean Grey using her telekinesis to enhance her archery.
    • After Beast gives Scott his glasses Jubilee approaches them to tell Hank somebody is at the door of the mansion looking for him. Extended conversation between Jean and Scott at the tree.
    • An extended scene with Jubilee giving Kurt a tour of the mansion, they talk about their homes.
    • An extended conversation between Scott and Jean when he tries to convince her to leave the mansion.
    • Scott, Jean, Kurt and Jubilee go to the mall. The four go to the arcade and Jubilee uses her powers to charge an arcade machine allowing Jean and Scott to play for free. The four have Slush Puppie drinks in the food court and Nightcrawler experiences his first brain freeze. Jean, Scott and Jubilee go to a records store and encounter another mutant, Scott also jokes that Jean looks like Boy George. Kurt goes to a shoe store but his unusual feet aren't a match for any of them. The four of them watch a breakdance performance and eventually Kurt joins in.
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    • After Magneto's family are killed he holds their dead bodies and recites the lullaby from earlier in the film.
    • An extended scene with Moira in the mansion.
    • Set during the scene where Apocalypse destroys Cairo, Professor X tries to reason with Storm after sensing that she is not like the other horsemen, she's not a killer.
    • A scene set during the battle in Cairo where Jean controls Cyclops' beam by maneuvering his head like a turret.
    • While piloting the jet with Beast, Moira begins to have flashbacks.
    • A brief scene with Erik finding Quicksilver and Mystique hiding behind rubble.
    • During the rebuilding of the X-Mansion, Scott is approached by Beast who has a gift for him, a new visor. Scott is grateful but worries the other kids may now call him "Cyclops".
    • Moira MacTaggert has Stryker arrested, but he warns her mutants should not be trusted.
    • Another scene set during the rebuilding of the X-Mansion between Mystique and Charles, where he asks her to train the students for combat.
  • Doing It for the Art: Olivia Munn learned to sword fight for her role as Psylocke, and James McAvoy was the one who suggested that she practice it with both hands.
  • Dueling Works:
    • This film was vying with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War (among others) to see which will be the most successful superhero film at the box office. It has received mixed reviews from critics overall, having a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is better than Batman v Superman 's overall rating (27%) but worse than Civil War 's overall rating (90%). It has earned a total of over $540 million, which is less than the other two films. According to the newspaper La Nación, the three films feature conflicts between some superheroes and other superheroes, instead of the simple "hero vs. villain" conflict (although it still has by far and away the most "classic" villain out of the three).
    • 2016 features an internal duel for the Fox-owned X-Men Film Series, as Apocalypse was released after Deadpool (2016). Deadpool did much better critically and at the box office (both domestically and worldwide) with a much smaller budget.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
  • #EngineeredHashtag: Four special temporary cute emojis triggered by specific hashtags were created: #SoGenius for Professor X, #SoDevastating for Apocalypse, #SoQuick for Quicksilver #SoElectric for Storm.
  • Executive Meddling: Initially, Wolverine was going to have a larger role in the film. It would be him, and not Mystique, who shows up during the crisis and acts as the new field leader of the X-Men.
  • Fake American:
    • English actress Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey.
    • Warren Worthington III is portrayed by the Englishman Ben Hardy.
    • Canadian Anthony Konechny is the jock who bullies Scott.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Apocalypse's main actor is not Egyptian, but Guatemalan American Oscar Isaac. In the prologue, Canadian Berdj Garabedian embodied the elderly version of the character.
    • Kodi Smit-McPhee, who is Australian, portrays the German Nightcrawler.
    • Storm is an African (possibly Egyptian in this movie) who is played by an American, Alexandra Shipp.
    • British/Japanese Psylocke is played by Olivia Munn, an American of Hoa (Chinese-Vietnamese), English, Irish, and German ancestry. The hilarious irony being that three British actors play American characters, yet the one British X-Man is played by an American.
    • The Vietnamese-American Lana Condor acts the part of Jubilee, who is of Chinese descent.
    • Canadian stuntpeople personified the Four Horsemen in the prologue, who were presumably Egyptian.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Beauty and the Beast" can be used for either the duel between Psylocke and Beast, or Charles being the prisoner of the monstrous Apocalypse.
    • "Dadneto" for Magneto's role as a father.
    • "Dark!Charles" for the character's Black Eyes of Evil scene when Apocalypse hijacks Cerebro.
    • "Sadneto" for Magneto's very emotional and tragic arc.
    • "Sweet Dreams Are Made of Quicksilver" for the character's iconic rescue scene set to the Eurythmics' most famous song.
    • McAvoyeurs are so grateful the filmmakers have decided that James McAvoy's Charles should bare a little more skin than usual in this film (Xavier had never been objectified in the slightest before) that the fangirls like to call him "Professor Sex," which is doubly appropriate because the character is now also a Hot Teacher. As for his costumes, they have been dubbed "Stripy Translucent Shirt" and "Lilac V-neck of Sex." This shot is known as "Sleeping Beauty," which amusingly enough is also the Fan Nickname for McAvoy's role in Children of Dune (see Actor Allusion).
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  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Tye Sheridan was exhilarated that he got to work with with James McAvoy, his idol.
      Sheridan: I came back from having a week off and it's my first scene to shoot with James McAvoy, and let me tell you something—James McAvoy is my idol! We get along great, and I've told him how big of a fan I am, but just to even be working with him—just to meet him and talk to him is amazing. But having a scene where I'm one on one with him—my god, it's insane!
    • Also, Olivia Munn fought hard to allow for her character to wear the classic purple leotard than a more practical black costume.
  • Referenced by...:
    • From the The Simpsons episode "Haw-Haw Land":
      Homer: Moonlight (2016)? But none of us has seen it!
      Marge: We have the DVD, we can watch it tonight.
      Homer: Either that or X-Men: Apocalypse!
      Everyone in the background: X-MEN!
    • In this comedy skit, James McAvoy slyly references his own movie when he tells Josh Horowitz, "Calm yourself, man, it's not like it's... [Breaks The Fourth Wall by looking at the camera] the apocalypse, after all." His business card reads, "Professor XXX - Computer repair. Mind control. Sex master." McAvoy and Horowitz must be aware that Xavier's Fan Nickname for this film is "Professor Sex," and the actor portrays a Chivalrous Pervert in the video, just like his X-Men character.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The scene with Scott discovering his powers in the bathroom was conceived originally for the very first movie (and features in the novelization).
  • Scully Box: Oscar Isaac is a meager 5' 8½" (1.74m). Apocalypse's boots make him as tall as the 6' 0" (1.83m) Michael Fassbender.
  • Short Run in Peru: The movie's theatrical release is earlier in most territories outside of North America. It only opens later in China and Japan.
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  • Troubled Production: To what extent isn’t fully known but what is known is that Bryan Singer’s habit of being absent from set - Olivia Munn revealed that Singer abruptly left the Montreal set for 10 days! - caused problems on set, meaning cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel and writer Simon Kinberg had to direct some scenes. Sophie Turner revealed that Singer was, in her words, “unpleasant” and implied the on-set tension between Rami Malek and Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody also happened with her. Jennifer Lawrence also described the production as “all chaos, no fun” in an interview and it’s understandably theorized by fans that her expierence on this set was the main reason Lawrence decided to leave the franchise, though she came back for Dark Phoenix.
  • Typecasting: After getting the chance to play against type in X-Men: Days of Future Past, James McAvoy is once more relegated to the all-too familiar role of a Brainy Brunet, Wide-Eyed Idealist in a Period Piece. This is so pervasive in his career that you only have to look at the above Actor Allusion entry for Starter for 10—which was released a decade before Apocalypse—for proof that he's essentially recycling the same persona.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page


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