If you’ve seen X-Men: Days of Future past you know all about the big tease in the post credit scene so let’s discuss what unfolded…
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
Following a holiday weekend where ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ took in more than $110 million, it’s a safe assumption that enough people have seen the movie now to talk about the post credits scene that set up the teaser for the next movie in the series ‘X-Men: Apocalypse”.
Now needless to say if you haven’t seen the movie be forewarned MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead although this article is only focusing on the post credits scene so no real movie secrets from ‘Days of Future Past’ will be given away, just information about what we saw when the film was over.
Cut to the desert where thousands of worshipers in Egypt chant the name ‘En Sabah Nur’ as we see a shrouded man raising his hands as bricks and giant pieces of building material come flying in to help construct one of the great pyramids. When the camera circles around to the man with his hands up, he’s young, presumably a teenager with pale colored skin and a blank stare on his face as he moves these pieces around to create this enormous monument. Fade to black.
So what do we know for sure…
Well, the name the people were chanting — En Sabah Nur — is the name of future X-Men ultra villain Apocalypse. The name means ‘The First One’ and it is believed that Apocalypse was the first ever mutant on Earth. If he’s not the first, he’s certainly ancient being over 5000 years old.
Apocalypse was raised in Egypt and when he was murdered by the ruler Ozymandias, but then discovered his true mutant powers when he came back to life. From there En Sabah Nur was raised in the principles of ‘survival of the fittest’ and that goes for humans and mutants alike. As he discovered more and more of his powers, Apocalypse also found that when he slumbered and stayed dormant for years at a time, he awoke with even more and more power (which partially explains why he’s 5000 years old and doesn’t appear dozens of times in history).
In the distance of the boy moving pyramid parts around like they were Lincoln logs, there are four men sitting on horseback watching this all unfold. Based on the version of Apocalypse from the comic books, those four men would represent the ‘Four Horsemen of Apocalypse’, a group of soldiers he puts together as his army. In past iterations, even some of the X-Men have been drafted into Apocalypse’s evil armada including Angel aka Warren Worthington, last played by Ben Foster in the forgettable ‘X-Men: Last Stand’.
As far as his mutant gifts go, Apocalypse is ultra powerful with the ability to morph and change his body at will to adapt to any given situation. He’s stronger than The Hulk and can increase his mass to where he’s essentially a giant. He has powers of telepathy and telekinesis, which is the one power we witnessed in the short video at the end of ‘Days of Future Past’.
Now it’s unknown how big and powerful the producers behind the next movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will go with the character, but the one major storyline that appears destined for this film is the famous comic series ‘Age of Apocalypse’.
In that story, a mutant named Legion travels back in time with the intent of killing Magneto, who is well known for his constant battle against humanity, but the only problem is he goes too far back to the time when he was still close friends with Charles Xavier. In his mission to kill Magneto, the mutant kills Xavier instead. Magneto opts for the side of good after having his life spared and instead builds the X-Men himself, but Apocalypse shows up in this timeline years earlier than he did in the actual events when he made an appearance and he ends up essentially ruling the Earth with an iron fist making mutants the ruling class and killing millions upon millions of humans.
Without retelling the entire story, the ‘Age of Apocalypse’ happens because mutants have become too familiar with time travel as a way to stop events from taking place, and it’s a dangerous game to play. Everyone should know the term ‘butterfly effect’ and something tells me the happy ending witnessed in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will have long reaching effects that could eventually lead to what we see happen in the next movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.
Could Wolverine’s mission to go back in time to help prevent a dystopian future be the cause that wakes Apocalypse from his age old slumber where he comes out to play in the 1980’s during the time when the X-Men (in the movie age) are just starting to build into a real team?
Seems like a plausible storyline for the new movie to combine elements from ‘Days of Future Past’ and ‘Age of Apocalypse’ for this current age of X-Men films. The one downside is all the time travel because while it’s a fun concept and interesting as a plot point once in a while, it can quickly get confusing and out of touch with the central plot going on in the film or comic book. Hopefully once more details are released about ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ we’ll know for sure just how much time travel does or does not take a hand in the new movie.
Either way get ready for one of the ultimate big bads of The X-Universe to show up in the next movie. After years of waiting, the Age of Apocalypse is upon us.