Apocalypse in other media

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Adaptations of Apocalypse in other media
Created by Louise Simonson (writer)
Jackson Guice (artist)
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Factor vol. 1, #5 (June 1986)
Films and television
Television
show(s)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)
Games
Video game(s) X-Men (1993)
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (1994)
X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse (2001)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)

Apocalypse is an enemy of the X-Men, and has been included in almost every media adaptation of the X-Men franchise, including television and computer and video games.

Film[edit]

Animation[edit]

X-Men: The Animated Series[edit]

Apocalyse shown in his light blue and violet armor and standing in front of a purple vortex.

In this animated version, Apocalypse is portrayed as extremely violent, insane, and a virtually invincible opponent, who also exhibits several characteristics of psychopathy.

Apocalypse makes several appearances throughout the series, attempting to destroy and remake the "corrupt" and "weak" world in his own image. His first appearance is part of a plotline revolving around an offer to cure mutations. He is secretly behind the assassination attempt of Senator Kelly. He also appears in "Time Fugitives", where he masquerades as a member of the Friends of Humanity and uses Graydon Creed to create a virus that would kill millions of people if mutants were ever infected.

In "Obsession," his former horseman, Archangel is shown to have become hell-bent on destroying Apocalypse and discovered that the immortal mutant has a weakness. This is revealed to be a hoax created by Apocalypse himself to lure Archangel out into the open. During this episode, Apocalypse is shown to possess a sentient alien ship, who sacrificed itself to send its master into deep space and (temporarily) save Earth. Out in space, Apocalypse witnessed Magneto's televised speech declaring Asteroid M a safe haven for mutants, and with Deathbird, he revived Fabian Cortez, after he had been left to die at Asteroid M by Magneto.

In the "Beyond Good and Evil" storyline, towards the end of the series, Apocalypse attempts to attain godhood by kidnapping the most powerful psychic beings from across the universe, planning to kill them simultaneously, in order to release a wave of psychic energy powerful enough to destroy everything. Inside the Axis of Time, he then would recreate the universe in his own image. Magneto and Mystique had been assisting Apocalypse without full knowledge of his intentions, believing Apocalypse would merely recreate an Earth ruled by mutants; upon learning Apocalypse's true plot, they turned on him and helped the X-Men to stop him. In the end, the freed psychics used their combined powers to bring Apocalypse out of the Axis of Time into the present, where they claimed (with his Lazarus chamber having been destroyed as soon as it was completed, preventing him from having ever used it) he would simply "cease to exist."

In "The Fifth Horseman", Apocalypse is shown to be communicating from the astral plane with Fabian Cortez, whom Apocalypse had turned into his servant prior to the Axis of Time events. He charged Cortez with finding a powerful mutant for him to be reincarnated in. However, it resulted in Apocalypse claiming Cortez himself for the vessel, and Apocalypse lived once more.

Apocalypse is one of only a few villains to appear in all five seasons of X-Men.

Apocalypse was voiced by John Colicos from Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4. James Blendick took on the role for the last season, Season 5 in the character's last appearance in The Fifth Horseman.

X-Men: Evolution[edit]

Apocalypse's incarnations in X-Men: Evolution.
He was originally depicted (left) as a god-like pharaoh with an ethereal white glow, and never spoke. He would use Rama-Tut's technology to become a cybernetic being (right) closer to the comic book version, and he began to speak in the grand, self-important tone with which older fans were familiar.

In X-Men: Evolution, Apocalypse was first mentioned in a single episode of the second season of the animated series. The last half of the third season focused on the battle to stop Apocalypse from rising, and he became the main antagonist for the fourth and final season of the series. He was voiced by David Kaye. In the series, Apocalypse possessed vast powers that were never well defined. However, he is consistently depicted as having unmatched telepathic and telekinetic prowess, easily overcoming the combined forces of the X-Men and Magneto's Acolytes with no visible effort. Even drained he is able to defeat Xavier through his puppet Mesmero.

The origin of this version is largely the same as the one created in the comics. Born with physical mutations (Grey skin) he was abandoned in the desert only to be found by a tribe of bandits. The bandit leader Baal could see the child's potential and raised him to be a powerful warrior who was unnatural an untouchable in combat. Word soon spread to the pharaoh, who sent his army to kill Apocalypse, whom he saw has a threat to his rule. The army massacred the bandits, the trauma of seeing his teacher Baal murdered caused Apocalypse's full powers to manifest. Apocalypse had discovered a device left by Rama-Tut (whose complicated time-travel origin is merely hinted at, rather than explicitly divulged) called the Eye of Ages, and using it he planned to turn all humans on Earth into mutants (similar to the device used by Magneto in the X-Men movie, but on a global scale). During his first attempt, however, it nearly killed him. His high priests, afraid of his power, seized the opportunity and sealed him within the Eye, then imprisoned him in a tomb in the Himalayas guarded by three doors with unique and esoteric keys.

Centuries later, Apocalypse telepathically contacted the hypnotist Mesmero, recruiting him to help unlock the doors. Mesmero succeeds in opening the first two by manipulating the X-Men. The final door required Mesmero to enlist the aid of Rogue and Mystique—Rogue would use her energy-absorbing power to absorb enough life force from other mutants to revive Apocalypse, and Mystique would use her shapeshifting abilities to unlock the door (turning her to stone in the process). The X-Men and Magneto with his Brotherhood of Mutants worked together to stop Mesmero, but came too late and were defeated by the revived Apocalypse.

Apocalypse's master plan included uncovering pyramids in Mexico, China, and Egypt that would help to relay the Eye of Ages' mutating effect across the globe. To help protect these pyramids, Apocalypse enslaved Magneto, Professor X, Storm, and Mystique as his four Horsemen to guard the three pyramids and the base hidden under the Sphinx. The X-Men gathered their allies (including modified Sentinels under the command of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and launched an offensive against the pyramids. In the end, Rogue stopped Apocalypse by using the power she absorbed from Leech to shut off his mutant abilities and trap him in the Eye of Ages. Wolverine then damaged the control system for the vessel that Rama-Tut had used to arrive in ancient Egypt, sending Apocalypse to an unknown time. Wolverine hopes that, without a proper destination, Apocalypse would be stranded outside of time itself, but Rogue does not believe they would be so lucky.

Wolverine and the X-Men[edit]

Apocalypse appears in the final scene of the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "Shades of Grey." He is revealed as Mister Sinister's master. He reappears in the final scene of "Foresight" alongside Age of Apocalypse Mr. Sinister and his commanding prelate Cyclops. It was speculated that the 26 episode season two of the series would deal with the Age of Apocalypse, in which Apocalypse rules supreme over the Earth. However, the series was cancelled after just one season. Actor Richard McGonagle was cast to voice him.

Video games[edit]

The Apocalypse that appears in the X-Men Legends 2 video game. He is presented as a stocky, pale skinned man wearing heavy, dull blue armor, and a tattered blue cape.
Apocalypse as he appears in X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.

Music[edit]

The mathcore band Blood Has Been Shed has a song called "En Sabah Nur" on their second album, Novella of Uriel.

Toys[edit]

  • Apocalypse first appeared as a figure in the initial Toy Biz run of X-Men toys based on the X-Factor Designs.
  • He also received several renditions in the X-Men TAS Toy Biz lines, his 90s animation design, his AoA design with accompanying Shadow King, and his awoken by Onslaught form that included Ozymandias.
  • Apocalypse has appeared in the Marvel Legends toy line in Series 7 and as the BAF for series 12. This figure was based on Apocalypse's look in the recent Blood of Apocalypse issues, although with some minor added coloration.
  • Bowen Designs has produced and released two sculpts of Apocalypse. The first is an extremely detailed porcelain mini-bust, and a statue of Apocalypse, featuring an interchangeable gun hand.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Sneider (December 5, 2013). "‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Announced for May 2016". The Wrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bryan Singer Announces New ‘X-Men’ Movie for 2016". Variety. Penske Business Media. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tilly, Chris (2014-05-23). "X-Men: Days of Future Past's Post-Credit Sequence Explained". Ign.com. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  4. ^ Zalben, Alex (May 25, 2014). "‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’: Meet The Kid Who Played Apocalypse". MTV. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "'X-Men: Apocalypse': Oscar Isaac Nabs Villain Role". Variety. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 

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