‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

SPOILER ALERT! The video below and everything you’re about to read contains info on the post-credits scene for X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse.

X-Men Days Of Future Past After Credit SceneIf you haven't seen the movie or didn't stick around, here's what it shows. The camera starts in a desert and closes in on a hooded figure standing on a giant sand dune, facing away from us. Crowds of hundreds bow to him below, chanting "En Sabah Nur." As he raises his hands a giant pyramid begins to assemble in the air overhead. The camera pans around the figure to reveal his pale face and blue lips, as well as four horsemen standing on a hill in the distance. (I couldn't quite make out the actor during his brief appearance, but he strongly resembles Aaron Taylor-Johnson, which could be a little confusing: Taylor-Johnson already appeared playing Quicksilver in Captain America: Winter Soldier's post-credits teaser for the next Avengers.) Here's what it means. "En Sabah Nur" is the Egyptian name of one of X-Men fans' favorite villains, Apocalypse. In the comics, Apocalypse grew up in ancient Egypt and has grey skin and blue lips. Typically, he is accompanied by four horsemen, loosely modeled after the Biblical Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Once you know that the sequel to Days of Future Past is titled X-Men: Apocalypse, it doesn't seem hard to put two and two together. We don't know much about X-Men: Apocalypse, but Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer (who will return to the sequel) has said that it is "somewhat" based on the Age of Apocalypse storyline. It will also feature the younger cast (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) of First Class. Singer added, to Entertainment Weekly:2014-05-23T05:45:43.000Z

If you’ve already seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, chances are you knew to stay in your seat once the film came to an end. If you were a part of the smart crowd of folks who knew what to expect after the credits rolled, then you were rewarded with an awesome look at the next X-Men film. We’ve gathered up some details on what you can expect to see in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Here’s everything you need to know about X-Men: Apocalypse so far, X-Men: Days of Future Past’s post-credits scene and what it all means.


1. Apocalypse Will Be the Focus of the Next X-Men Film; Quicksilver Will Make His Return

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The upcoming X-Men sequel has already been titled and dated — X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated to hit theaters on May 27, 2016. It turns out that fan favorite Quicksilver will make a return in this film as well. IGN spoke with X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who went on to speak about what’s planned to happen in this future film:

The plan was to use him in the next X-Men movie and have him expand his part and grow into the franchise. That was the thought. But now people have seen the movie and he’s one of the most beloved things in the film universally, there’s no question that he’s going to be a big part of the next movie… Hopefully we can do more some unique things with his powers, and go a little deeper with the character too.


2. The Film Will Explore The 80’s

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The film’s plot has already been confirmed to feature returning X-Men film characters, such as Charles Xavier/Professor X (James McAvoy), Erik M. Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult). While speaking with InsideMovies.EW.com, Bryan Singer spoke about what mutants he wants to debut in the film and what period of time the film will possibly take place in:

Singer also says he’s interested in bringing in other mutants, like Gambit and Nightcrawler. “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ’80s.”


3. The Post-Credits Scene Showed a Young Apocalypse

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The 15-second extra scene fans witnessed after X-Men: Days of Future Past came to its final close was quite the treat. It displayed a crowd of people chanting and bowing to a cloaked young man in the Egyptian desert. The boy was seen using his powerful mutant abilities to control massive stones to build the Egyptian pyramids.

As expected, this scene depicted a young Apocalypse, one of the most noteworthy villains from the X-Men universe. Apocalypse is an extremely powerful mutant who’s the oldest one of ’em all (he’s nearly 5,000 years old). If you kept a close eye on the individuals on horses in the background during Apocalypse’s zoomed-in shot, just know that they are the dreaded Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


4. The Crowd Chanted ‘En Sabah Nur’ — Apocalypse’s Human Name

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If you were left wondering what those people were chanting, then we’ll clear that up for you. It turns out that Apocalypse’s followers were all screaming “En Sabah Nur,” which is the human name Apocalypse goes by in the comic books. In the comics, Apocalypse was worshipped as a God by a cult called Clan Akkaba. This may be the group of human beings and fellow mutants seen chanting their savior’s name in the extra scene.


5. Apocalypse’s Powers Can Be Seen in Action

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Any comic nerd with extensive X-Men knowledge knows that Apocalypse was originally born in Egypt. He’s known as the first mutant, whose technology also originated in Egypt. Apocalypse uses his extensive mutant powers to construct the massive pyramids seen in the Egyptian dessert. Apocalypse has an extensive list of amazing abilities — he has super strength, super speed, invulnerability, flight powers, teleportation skills, the ability to change his body’s form at any time, the willpower to create force fields along with energy blasts, object manipulation powers that can be done with his mind and immortality. He puts his object manipulation powers on full display here.