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
Film(s) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
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)

Originally an archenemy of the X-Men in Marvel comic books, the supervillain Apocalypse has appeared in various forms of media, including animated television series, live-action films and video games, while merchandise of the character include toys, and trading cards.

Film[edit]

Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Canadian actor Brendan Pedder portrays a young En Sabah Nur in the post-credits scene of the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[1][2]

Oscar Isaac portrays En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse as the titular main antagonist in X-Men: Apocalypse.[3][4][5][6][7] Isaac revealed that both practical and digital effects would be used for Apocalypse's costume.[8] The actor had to go through extensive makeup and prosthetics applications, in addition to wearing high-heeled boots and a 40-pound suit to appear taller and more imposing.[9] In the film, Apocalypse demonstrates various abilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, technopathy, teleportation, flight, cellular regeneration, matter and energy manipulation, mutant enhancement, protective shielding, enhanced adaptive skills, and superhuman physical attributes. The world's first and most powerful mutant, the immortal Apocalypse emerged in ancient times and was worshipped as a god. He developed some form of technology and merged with a Celestial battle-suit that allowed him to transfer his essence into the bodies of others, who were usually other mutants so that he could amass their powers; historical records make reference to his 'Four Horsemen', and how destruction always followed in his wake. When he was being transferred into the body of a mutant with a healing factor, some of his followers betrayed him and trapped him underneath his pyramid, and Apocalypse remained in stasis for centuries until a worshipping cult awoke him in the nineteen eighties. Apocalypse subsequently recruits Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto as his Four Horsemen, claiming that he intends to build a world where only the 'strong' survive. When the telepathic professor Charles Xavier psychically contacts Magneto, Apocalypse detects his presence, and is somehow able to turn the connection back on Xavier and use him to make the world's governments launch all of Earth's nuclear missiles into space, preventing the humans from rebelling against him. After kidnapping Xavier, Apocalypse attempts to transfer his consciousness into the professor's body to further advance his telepathy and take control of every mind on the planet, but he is opposed by the new X-Men - Raven Darkhölme, Hank McCoy, Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Kurt Wagner, and Magneto's son Peter. During the final battle, Nightcrawler teleports Xavier away from Apocalypse's transferral equipment, while the other X-Men face the Four Horsemen. When Angel is later killed, Ororo turns against Apocalypse when she sees his disregard for his 'loyal follower', and Magneto is later convinced to betray Apocalypse as well, resulting in the villain being attacked by all the X-Men while Xavier engages him in a telepathic battle on the astral plane. He is finally defeated when Xavier encourages Jean to tap into her full power, the resulting blast seemingly disintegrating Apocalypse.

Television[edit]

X-Men: The Animated Series[edit]

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

Apocalypse appears in X-Men The Animated Series, voiced by John Colicos for Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4, and by James Blendick for Season 5. Apocalypse makes several appearances throughout the series, attempting to purge a "corrupt" and "weak" world of both humans and mutants to remake life in his own image. This version depicts Apocalypse as an immortal and invincible megalomaniac, able to grow to gigantic sizes and shapeshift his body into technological components, such as weapons, shields and rockets. He describes himself as "eternal" - a lifeform superior to both humans and mutants.

In his first appearance, The Cure, his subordinate Mystique presents a cure for mutations that is in fact a means to brainwash mutants into becoming The Four Horsemen. He is defeated when Archangel turns against him. Mystique reveals that he is secretly behind her assassination attempt of Senator Kelly to further his agenda of sowing chaos and destruction. He also appears in "Time Fugitives", where he serves as a longtime enemy of Cable in the future.

In "Obsession," Apocalypse's former horseman, Archangel, has become hell-bent on destroying him, and the villain uses Archangel's hatred to lure him out into the open. During this episode, the X-Men discover Apocalypse's base aboard a sentient alien ship, that is helping Apocalypse against its will. With the aid of Beast, the ship sacrifices itself to send its master into deep space and temporarily save Earth.

In the "Beyond Good and Evil" storyline, the Apocalypse of the future steals Cable's computer for its time-travel capabilities and accidentally ends up in the Axis of Time. He recruits Mr. Sinister, Magneto and Mystique, and attempts to become a deity 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 stop time itself and destroy all life. Inside the Axis of Time, he then would recreate the universe in his own image. Magneto and Mystique assist Apocalypse under the belief that Apocalypse is using the Axis to create an alternate future where Earth was ruled by mutants. Upon learning his true plot, they turn on Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister and help 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 and into the present. Professor X explained that without his Lazarus chamber to rejuvenate him (Cable previously traveled back in time and destroyed it as soon as it was completed), Apocalypse had lost the source of his immortality and would "cease to exist".

In "The Fifth Horseman", Apocalypse is shown to be communicating from the astral plane with Fabian Cortez. It is revealed that when he was sent out in space, Apocalypse witnessed Magneto's televised speech declaring Asteroid M a safe haven for mutants, and with Deathbird (during the Axis of Time events), he revived Fabian Cortez, after he had been left to die at Asteroid M by Magneto. He charged Cortez with finding a powerful mutant for him to be reincarnated in. Cortez failed and Apocalypse claimed Cortez himself for the vessel and Apocalypse lived once more.

X-Men: Evolution[edit]

Apocalypse as a god-like pharaoh (left), and as a cybernetic being (right) in X-Men: Evolution.

David Kaye voices Apocalypse in X-Men: Evolution. He was first mentioned in the second season, before becoming the main antagonist of the third and fourth seasons. Depicted as the world's first mutant, Apocalypse possesses various powers that make him nearly invincible, including telepathy, telekinesis, technopathy, immortality, invulnerability, flight, shapeshifting, size alteration, matter and energy manipulation, and enhanced strength and speed.

During the age when the pharaoh Rama-Tut used some form of technology to conquer Egypt, a mutant grey-skinned infant was abandoned in the desert, only to be found by the warrior Baal's tribe of bandits. Baal recognized the child's potential, and named him En Sabah Nur, Egyptian for "The First One". Under Baal's training, Nur grew up to be a powerful warrior who was unmatched in combat, described as having "unnatural" physical attributes. Word of Nur's power soon spread to the pharaoh, who saw Nur as a threat to his rule, and subsequently sent his army to kill him. The bandits were massacred during the battle, and the trauma of seeing Baal murdered caused Nur's full powers to manifest, resulting in him killing all of the pharaoh's forces and taking the name "Apocalypse". Apocalypse then discovered a vessel left by the pharaoh, which contained a device called the Eye of Ages. Planning to use it to turn all of the humans on Earth into mutants, Apocalypse entered the Eye, and was given even more power, becoming a god-like pharaoh with an ethereal white glow. Fearful of his powers, Apocalypse's high priests seized the opportunity to seal him within the machine, entombing him in the Himalayas and locking the tomb behind three doors. Centuries later, Apocalypse telepathically contacted the hypnotist Mesmero, and recruited him to unlock the doors by having him find the three esoteric keys. When the X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants discover that Rogue has stolen all of their powers, they join forces in an attempt to stop Apocalypse's revival. However, Mesmero eventually succeeds in awakening Apocalypse by manipulating Mystique and Rogue. Apocalypse subsequently merges with the futuristic technology in Rama-Tut's craft, becoming a blue cybernetic being, before once again attempting to use the Eye of Ages to turn every human on Earth into mutants. To this end, Apocalypse uncovers pyramids in Mexico, China, and Egypt to relay the Eye's mutating effects across the globe. Apocalypse later turns Magneto, Professor X, Storm, and Mystique into his Four Horsemen to defend the three pyramids and his base hidden under the Sphinx. The X-Men then gather their allies (including modified Sentinels under the command of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and engage in a final battle against Apocalypse and his Horsemen. In the end, Rogue stops Apocalypse by using the powers she absorbed earlier from Leech to temporarily shut off his mutant abilities and trap him in the Eye of Ages. Wolverine then damages the control system of the vessel, sending Apocalypse to an unknown time.

Wolverine and the X-Men[edit]

Apocalypse makes two brief, non-speaking appearances Wolverine and the X-Men. In "Shades of Grey", he is revealed to be Mister Sinister's secret master. In "Foresight", Apocalypse appears in the future alongside Sinister and Cyclops. Apocalypse was originally going to serve as the primary antagonist of the second season, but the series was cancelled.

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]

In 2012, Portland, Oregon-based nerdcore rapper Quinn Allan released the mixtape Enter Kid Apocalypse. The record's lyrics are written from the viewpoint of Evan Sabahnur, also known as Genesis, a clone of Apocalypse who first appeared in the series Uncanny X-Force. Allan was accompanied on the mixtape by Jared Yanez, whose lyrics are written from the viewpoint of the X-Men villain Dark Beast.[citation needed]

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

Merchandise[edit]

  • Toy Biz has released multiple Apocalypse figures, including one in their initial run of X-Men toys, based on the X-Factor Designs. Several Apocalypse figures were also included in the X-Men: The Animated Series line, based on the cartoon.
  • An Apocalypse transformer was included in Toy Biz's Marvel Shape Shifters line, being able to convert into a gattling gun.
  • Two Apocalypse figures have been released in Toy Biz's Marvel Legends line. The first being a regular figure in Series 7, and the second the Build-A-Figure of Series 7.
  • Bowen Designs has produced and released two sculpts of Apocalypse. The first is an extremely detailed porcelain mini-bust, and the second a statue featuring an interchangeable gun hand.
  • In 2009, Hasbro released a Super Hero Squad figure of Apocalypse in a four pack titled "The Coming of Apocalypse", in the comics series of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine toy line, as part of a campaign to promote the film. This pack also includes Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Apocalypse's own Horseman of Death, Archangel.
  • An Apocalypse figure was released in Series 3 of Hasbro's Marvel Universe line. This figure was later repainted and included in an X-Men: X-Factor Collector Pack.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tilly, Chris (2014-05-23). "X-Men: Days of Future Past's Post-Credit Sequence Explained". Ign.com. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  2. ^ Zalben, Alex (May 25, 2014). "'X-Men: Days Of Future Past': Meet The Kid Who Played Apocalypse". MTV. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jeff Sneider (December 5, 2013). "'X-Men: Apocalypse' Announced for May 2016". The Wrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bryan Singer Announces New 'X-Men' Movie for 2016". Variety. Penske Business Media. December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tilly, Chris (2014-05-23). "X-Men: Days of Future Past's Post-Credit Sequence Explained". Ign.com. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  6. ^ Zalben, Alex (May 25, 2014). "'X-Men: Days Of Future Past': Meet The Kid Who Played Apocalypse". MTV. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "'X-Men: Apocalypse': Oscar Isaac Nabs Villain Role". Variety. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Oscar Isaac: X-Men: Apocalypse Costume Will Be Mix Of Practical And Digital Effects (Exclusive)". Yahoo UK. November 24, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Hiatt, Brian (May 18, 2016). "Oscar Isaac: The Internet's Boyfriend Becomes a Leading Man". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 

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