I’m not going to pretend that I’m the first to observe this.

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly published a ton of new details on X-Men: Apocalypse as well as our first (legal) look at the titular villain. I try not to delve into pure fan-wankery when it comes to movies like this and actually consider the amount of time, effort and money that went into creating the look, but that doesn’t stop the fact that he looks fucking awful.


Look familiar?

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Come on – there’s a resemblance there. They’re both bright purple/blue (I don’t know – I’m colour blind) with fancy, ancient garb, the only difference seemingly being that one is supposed to be taken very seriously, although that might be a challenge for me come next May, since all I’m going to be able to think about will be Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It’s a damn shame, too, considering how cool the character could have looked.


When cosplay looks better than the real thing, you know you’ve done a bad job.

To continue, Oscar Isaac (the barely-recognisable man behind the make-up) revealed that Apocalypse is 5,000 years old in the movie as well as a few other interesting hints.

“He’s believed to be the first mutant, whatever that means. He is the ­creative-slash-destructive force of this earth. When things start to go awry, or when things seem like they’re not moving towards evolution, he destroys those civilizations.”

For somebody who hasn’t really read any comics featuring the character, I have to admit I’m intrigued from Isaac’s words. It’ll be nice to see a new villain in this franchise. If you hadn’t guessed from the cover, we also now know the identity of the Four Horsemen – Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto. Some may be disappointed to learn that Wolverine isn’t in the line-up, but hey, we got Mags!

The Big A awakens from his Egyptian tomb, sizes up the global ’80s vibe, and decides he’s not down with the Reagan era. “It’s a chaotic world of conflict and war and destruction,” Singer says. “It’s one giant civilization that now requires one giant culling. That’s why he needs ­special assistants in this process.” He finds teenage Storm living on the streets in Cairo, Angel (Ben Hardy) duking it out in a fight club in Berlin, and Psylocke (Olivia Munn) working behind the Iron Curtain for the mutant-broker Caliban. But his big get is Erik, who has been attempting to live a “normal” life in Poland. “He’s fallen in love and he’s basically left his metal ways behind,” Fassbender says. Pretty quickly, though, his world is shattered and “normal” is no longer an option. Says Fassbender, “Apocalypse finds Erik at a low ebb and recruits him.”

There’s a distinct lack of berries here *cough*

One of the interesting takeaways of the Comic-Con panel was that the world had learned to accept mutants after the events of Days of Future Past. That’s why it makes perfect sense for Erik to have retired and settled down somewhere, but I’m intrigued to learn how he gets thrown in with Apocalypse and what that does to him.

Even though I unashamedly bashed the look of the character, I’m still excited for X-Men: Apocalypse. I’ve never really been too invested in that franchise because of the number of terrible movies it contains and its separation from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even as a child I found the trilogy strange and dull, although I’ve since learned to love X2. First Class changed my perception, and since then I feel as if I ‘get’ these movies – although I still thought The Wolverine was boring as shit. With Singer back at the helm, this movie will probably be pretty good. I’m just gonna pray that Apocalypse looks better on-screen, because at the moment he looks as if he belongs in the Power Rangers reboot.

Click back to EW to read a bunch more interesting details, and look below to see some more stills from the movie. X-Men: Apocalypse is out next May.

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  • Bob Johnson

    Bryan Singer hates the comics. His Apocalypse design is horrible doesn’t even look menacing.

  • GeneralChimichanga

    Holy shit I’m not the only one who spotted the resemblance! This just makes me even more sad that we won’t get X-Men on Netflix from Marvel Studios. Maybe one day, hopefully before 2020.

  • TheNerdOverThere

    This guy looks like a California raisin Character!

  • Jose Pablo MB

    I dunno why Bryan doesn’t use the costumes from the comics entirely… I mean, is the fricking 80’s, colors like that are cool

    • Nathan

      “I call them the bastard stepchildren of comic books” -Bryan Singer
      “Iron Man is much more popular than all the X-men Characters combined” -Bryan Singer
      “If we had Iron Man we could make much more money than with the unknown X-men” -Bryan Singer
      “Everyone knows who Iron Man and Hulk are but almost no one knows who Gambit or Deadpool are” -Brian Singer
      “He banned comic books on set to not destroy his vision” -Hugh Jackman.

      Long Story short Bryan “I swear the boys where 18” Singer only cares about $$$ and not for the fans of the comics thats why the fucktard will never make a movie true to the comics. He openly declared his disinterest in comic books again and again. Even Tim “I will never read a comic book in my life” Burton was more true to the source material than Bribri.
      Lets hope people will finally wise up and the movie flops so that Fox will make the same deal with marvel that sony did.

  • killerpatatas

    And Bryan Singer was proud of his emo version of Rogue. lel

  • Eric Rees

    Epic fail on Apocalypse. He looks like a purple 70 year old man. Just awful.

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Nom de Plume

    What would it take to get singer off this franchise?

  • Leonardo D Monkey

    We need to boycotting FOX X-MEN movies, or the rights will never go back to marvel, since they only lose the right if no movies are made. Make them lose money… it’s the only way. other wise they will just keep up this borderline mediocre movies … and Wolverine that does not even comes close to mediocre … love Jackman but direction and plot where terrible on all movies. that’s what happens when there is a botoxed stretched whore calling the shots .

  • Anthony Stark

    Oh my, looks like Lord Piccolo from Dragonball Evolution, oh wait, it was FOX too, no surprise then…

    Want to see a really cool look for Apocalypse with Dwayne Johnson – The Rock for the part ?


    Not really the same vibe, right ?
    Sometimes they should ask for real fans some advices instead “stick with their visions” ;p