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X-Men: Apocalypse - The Facts
A guide to the comics' character at the centre of the next X-movie

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All it took was three words on Twitter from Bryan Singer, and suddenly we’ve got another new X-Men movie set for 2016, a mere two years after Days Of Future Past. “#Xmen #Apocalypse” quoth the once and present X-director. What’s he talking about? Here’s what we’ve got…

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WHO OR WHAT IS APOCALYPSE?

Who Or What Is Apocalypse?

Apocalypse is a 5000-year-old mutant , born on the Jordanian coast and shunned by his own people for his freakish grey skin. As a child he crossed the path of Egyptian raiders the Sandstormers, and was adopted by their leader Baal, who twigged to the new recruit's potential power and named him En Sabah Nur (which means “The First One” in Sandstormer. Sandstormese? Sandstormian?).

There was then some unfortunate business with the time-traveller Kang the Conqueror, who installed himself in Egypt as the Pharaoh Rama-Tut and tried to recruit Nur for his own ends. Baal was killed in the ensuing shenanigans, and Nur vowed revenge and inserted himself in Tut’s city disguised as a slave. There, he fell in love with Nephri, the sister of Tut’s general Ozymandias, who had a frown and wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command. Probably. When Nephri rejected Nur, however, he went full-on angry super-mutant and re-named himself Apocalypse. Apparently, a tub of ice cream or a few beers just don't cut it for this guy.

He turned Ozymandias into living stone, while Tut fled. For a while after that Apocalypse walked the world as a god, testing civilisations by provoking wars - because what's the fun of testing civilisations by giving them a big cuddle? Later he picked up some alien technology that allowed him to go into suspended animation while he waited for mutant-kind to become more widespread.

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1 RE: RE:
so, bit of confusion in your post... just to clarify, Marvel Comics owns X-Men. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to produce several Marvel Comics movies, including X-Men, Fantastic Four and any spin-offs, like the pending X-Factor project. Disney owns the rights to produce Marvel Comics "Avengers" Other movie studios also own other Marvel Comic rights, like the Fox abandoned project for Deadpool was bought up by New Line Cinema. BUT, Marvel is all of them... they are all works created by or under Stan Lee. Marvel still owns the name of all of them, the studios merely have an exclusive contract, and they can lose, abandon or sell off those rights at any time... They are going to have an interesting time with the next project, Age of Apocalypse, considering the story line inter-twined X-Men and Avengers. Being Thor the only true equal. More

Posted by bileven on Tuesday December 31, 2013, 21:28

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that was Marvel/Disney, X-Men is owned by FOX. More

Posted by BlueMismar on Friday December 13, 2013, 20:07

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L: Deacon Frost Didn't Vin Diesel have a top secret meeting with Marvel a couple of months ago? Seem to recall him tweeting something about it and mentioning a huge project on the horizon. believe this was actually to do with him providing the voice and mo-cap for Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. More

Posted by GrizBe on Friday December 13, 2013, 16:32

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Didn't Vin Diesel have a top secret meeting with Marvel a couple of months ago? Seem to recall him tweeting something about it and mentioning a huge project on the horizon. Got to be said, now that I have thought about it, he would have the physique, the voice, the intimidating presence. He would be perfect for this role. I wonder.... More

Posted by Deacon Frost on Thursday December 12, 2013, 23:58

5 This could be massive!
I would like to see a Xforce crossover with the Xmen to take on the big Fella with some other bad guys thrown into the Mix, Mr Sinister etc. Cable could be used as the tie in between the two teams and with the time travel aspect the earlier Xmen (First Class) could be involved. I mentioned the Rock earlier to play Apocalypse, however what about Vin Diesel, now I know he is voicing Groot but I am sure that he said he had talks with Marvel about playing another character ( I know that they are different studios but hey its Marvel) in the future, he has the build and the voice a bit of grey paint and taddahhh. Whatever happens I hope that it is epic like the Avengers. More

Posted by Chunky72 on Tuesday December 10, 2013, 20:54

6 AWESOME STORY ARC
En Sabah Nur actually meant 'The first morning light'. cannot wait for this to come out and see how it is executed. a MASSIVE villain to get on the silver screen will be a challenge, im sure disney have got the money to do it though. More

Posted by zain110 on Tuesday December 10, 2013, 15:09

7 Apocalypse
Bout time. sure, Magneto is probably one of the most iconic bad guys of all time, but having the X-Men/Wolverine movies ignore the likes of Apocalypse, Onslaught, Mr Sinister has been a travesty. More

Posted by airbornekiwi on Tuesday December 10, 2013, 12:49

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See.. I've not seen anything like that happen, which is what made me wonder. As said, I've seen a bunch of my own posts, and those of other posters removed, and there were zero spam posts of the usual 'I made $400 selling handbags' type you seem to get a lot of anywhere in said thread. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday December 9, 2013, 12:52

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That you've seen - they'll have been and gone before you saw them. And I did say yalways. p; You could also make sure you don't reply to a post that may have inadvertently followed and replied to spam - repling to the top post eg.   It isn't a guarantee, but if one ID has 20 spam posts they're not going to be individually removed. More

Posted by elab49 on Monday December 9, 2013, 11:43

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Somethings up with the system then considering a bunch I've made via the forum have gone missing. Edit: Ohh.. and a bunch of articles that have had missing posts had no spam type posts either. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday December 9, 2013, 11:39

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It happens if multiple spam posts are removed in one go.   Posts are yf you post them via the forum rather than the main site. More

Posted by elab49 on Monday December 9, 2013, 11:32

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L: Osric Hey, where've the rest of the comments gone? Why am I suddenly all alone?? Wondering exactly the same. A bunch of posts have gone missing from a lot of different articles. More

Posted by GrizBe on Monday December 9, 2013, 11:29

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Lawrence Fishburne FTW More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Monday December 9, 2013, 10:15

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Idris Elba did Marvel's Thor which came out in 2011. In the same year he appeared in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance for Sony based on a Marvel comic. Speculation on who's playing Apocalypse aside, I don't think he's too concerned with comic book politics when choosing roles. More

Posted by bobthegrinch on Monday December 9, 2013, 09:56

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Hey, where've the rest of the comments gone? Why am I suddenly all alone?? More

Posted by Osric on Monday December 9, 2013, 09:55

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Yeah I take your point, but Evans and Reynolds weren't playing those roles simultaneously. Evans' FF gig was finished when he did Cap, and there's like a five year gap. Likewise Reynolds was in Blade, then a few years later he was in Wolverine, then a few years later he was Green Lantern. You're saying that it wouldn't be an issue for Elba to be Heimdal and Apocalypse at the same time. I'm not disagreeing that he'd be good casting - it's just not a realistic expectation. More

Posted by Osric on Saturday December 7, 2013, 12:47

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L: GrizBe Since Fox has the rights to X-men Movies and Marvel/Disney have the rights to 'The Avengers', there is no reason in film that we couldn't see Idris Elba as Apocalypse, given that because of movie rights ownership, they're in two completely separate universes. don't think they mean it's a rights issue - just that it's unlikely that the same actor would play a big role in two Marvel franchises at the same time. Elba's whole life would be Marvel! More

Posted by Osric on Saturday December 7, 2013, 10:36

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