A young Apocalypse first appeared in the mid-credits button scene (HERE) at the end of Days of Future Past where we saw him manipulating objects with telekinesis as the Four Horsemen stood in the background. This, of course, setting up the big-bad in Bryan Singers next X-Men installment.
Hot on the heels of rumors that Idris Elba (a.k.a. Heimdall of the Thor film franchise) would be playing the main villain of 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Variety now reports that someone else has been tapped for the role.
Variety says Oscar Isaac – best known for his critically acclaimed performance in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis – is named as the actor who will bring us the big screen realization of En Sabah Nur, a.k.a. Apocalypse. Isaac also will be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though the nature of his role remains a secret.
In Marvel Comics, Apocalypse is perhaps the earliest known mutant to have existed. Though first appearing in early issues of X-Factor, he was later revealed to have had been manipulating the Marvel Universe far earlier than that. The storyline Age of Apocalypse is perhaps the most well-remembered of the villain’s stories, and certainly a fan favorite.
Variety says director Bryan Singer plans for the film to live up to its villain’s name.
“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” Singer told Total Film Magazine. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”
X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.