I don’t normally do this, but I felt like I had to make a big fucking exception for this. First of all, I know this is going to rub a certain set of people the wrong way. To those people I say, go back to 1996. This is 2016. The internet is here and it’s here to stay. That means shit is going to be spoiled. Movies, TV shows, video games...all of it will be spoiled. If you like spoilers, stay off the internet. For some people, that’s just too fucking hard and too fucking bad.
That said, here’s the deal. Some major spoilers may or may not have leaked
for X-men Apocalypse. It’s still a little more than two months before the
release. That means someone is blowing someone else to get info on screenings,
scripts, etc. Someone’s jaw must be sore because someone on the internet
toilet/treasure trove known as 4chan has posted what appears to be a full
run-down of the events of X-men Apocalypse.
Now full disclosure here. I have no fucking clue as to how valid this is. It
may be an elaborate act of trolling. It might be someone who just happened to
blow the right person at Fox. But since I’m in the business of sharing juicy
details with X-men fans, here it is, courtesy of some help from the fine folks
at the CBR message boards.
Begins with "2001"-esque imagery of the birth of humanity with a
narration by Xavier on the different approaches of science and religion to
evolution, and how sometimes they can become one and the same, as we see a
caveman become possessed by Apocalypse.
Cut to ancient Egypt. Apocalypse is in an old, withered body, as his
followers wait outside his temple, chanting his name and praying for his
ressurrection. The Four Horsemen, hooded figure with techno-stone suits, bring
a man (Oscar Isaac) into the chamber. The priestress slashes the man’s neck,
but he recovers. He’s a mutant with Wolverine-tier healing. He’s one of the
The man is loaded into a tablet, Apocalypse in other, and Apocalypse
transfers his consciousness into the mutant’s body, rendering him blue. As he
celebrates, he is betrayed by his Horsemen, who seal him away in a tomb and
bury it in a deep chamber within the pyramid. The horsemen then appear before
the followers and claim En Sabah Nur is dead.
Cut to 1989, as archaeologists are excavating the tomb of En Sabah Nur, the
"forgotten pharaoh", they find the chamber where he’s entombed. One
of the archaeologists reads an inscription they’ve pieced together from their
research and manage to open the tomb, through which Apocalypse emerges and
feeds off of their life force to regain a semblance of his strength.
Apocalypse stumbles into modern day Cairo and is disgusted by what his
kingdom has been reduced to. As he walks around, covered in a cloak, and
happens upon Storm, a street urchin and pickpocket, when she creates a gust of
wind to distract some passerbyes so she can snag and dash. Apocalypse follows
her into a flophouse where she’s holed up and finds her going through the
meager gains of the day. Storm is weak, barely able to conjure lighting, which
Apocalypse dodges. He then uncloaks, revealing himself to her, caresses her
face, and calls her "my child". Her hair begins to turn white.
This segues into a montage of war, destruction and chaos, which turns out to
be a nightmare from Jean Grey. She’s a student at the Xavier School for Gifted
Youngsters, which is now a public institution. Jean wakes up, Xavier is by her
bedside and comforts her. She tells him she saw the end of the world, but
Xavier reassures her it was just a dream. They walk around the mansion,
discussing their powers and how Jean came into becoming Xavier’s first student.
Xavier says he had nearly lost hope, but Mystique taught him there was a better
future worth fighting for, and Jean, to him, symbolizes that hope for tomorrow.
Mystique, I should add, is kind of a mutant hero for saving the President.
Jubilee is another student at the mansion and Jean’s roommate.
Cut to Russia. Storm, now powerful as fuck, approaches Caliban, a broker who
provides mutant mercenaries for stuff like assassinations, sabotage and shit.
Apocalypse arrives and demands someone strong and merciless. In comes Psylocke,
who quickly sneaks upon Storm with her sword, and upon being disarmed, pulls
out her psi-blade. They have a brief girl fight before Apocalypse stops and
recruits her to be the second Horseman.
We then meet Scott Summers, who is brought into the Xavier School by his
estranged older brother Alex Summers. Scott doesn’t want to be there and is a
douche to Alex, Xavier, Jubilee and Hank McCoy, but gets interested in Jean and
agrees to stay for a weekend. Hank is not particularly thrilled with Scott,
since he’s all like "I’m superior to everyone", which reminds him of
Magneto. Xavier says there is no more Magneto.
Cut to Erik Lensherr living in a small village in Poland with a wife and
small daughter. He’s still wanted by the government and went off the grid, and
the townspeople don’t know he has powers. He works at the local steel mill and
leads a generally happy life. Apocalypse, Storm and Psylocke show up at the
factor and Apocalypse disables everyone so he can try to bring Erik to his
side, but Erik refuses, and even uses his magnetism to fend Storm and Psylocke
off. Apocalypse leaves with a cryptic warning that his façade won’t last, and
we see he left one worker awake to witness the whole exchange, including Erik
using his powers.
Cut to Mystique in Germany, intercepting a truck transporting young mutants
to an underground fight club where they’re forced to fight for high rollers.
She is then intercepted by a military group led by William Stryker, who has
become obsessed with capturing her since she let Wolverine go before Stryker
could get to him, and because she changed public perception of mutants for the
better. Mystique beats up his men and escapes.
At the fight club, we see Angel being pitted against Nightcrawler, who wins.
The crowd wants Nightcrawler to finish Angel off, but Nightcrawler refuses. The
club owner then decides to have them both executed nevertheless, but Apocalypse
and his followers arrive and kill the bodyguards. Nightcrawler teleports away,
while Angel pleads allegiance to Apocalypse and becomes Archangel and proceeds
to slaughter the high rollers as a terrified Nightcrawler watches from afar.
At the X-Mansion, Scott makes an ass of himself during a class taught by
Xavier and gets into a fight with Jean. She thinks he’s a douchebag, he thinks
she’s a nerd and a teacher’s pet. It’s supposed to be cute, but honestly it
just feels awkward.
Back to Poland, as Erik leaves for work (his wife’s name is Magda and the
daughter is named Anya, for whoever asked). Erik arrives at the plant and
slowly notices the men lining up around him, led by the guy that saw he’s a
mutant. They jump him and hit him with a tire iron, knocking him out.
When Erik comes to, he’s tied up in front of his home, as the townspeople
drag his wife and daughter out as they plead for help. He’s too weak from the
blow on his head, and just pleads mercy, but the townspeople tie them to poles
and aim arrows at them. Erik yells for them not to. They set his house on fire,
accuse Erik of being a monster and an aberrator, and kill the wife and daughter
via firing squad. It’s tense as fuck, almost R-rating tier, I don’t even know
if that shit will be allowed in the PG-13 cut.
Erik is next on the execution. The townspeople intend to burn him at stake,
but he begins crying and yelling and suddenly everything metal goes crazy. Erik
then kills the lynch mob with their own metal belongings, like the prom scene
from Carrie, but once again lets his accuser live to go and tell the tale. He
then pulls his wife and daughter’s mangled corpses from the poles, slowly fixes
their hair and clothes and gives them a funeral pyre, while sharing them a
story from his childhood he had earlier promised the little girl he’d tell.
Xavier senses his pain from afar and dread overcomes him.
Mystique arrives at the fight club and finds the massacrated bodies of the
locals, with Nightcrawler staying behind to pray for each of their souls, as an
act of forgiveness for what they put him through. She asks him what happened,
and he relays his brief encounter with Apocalypse. Mystique then decides to
take him back to the Xavier mansion.
Back in the town, it’s now deserted. Everyone has fled. Erik is alone in the
steel mill, mourning his death, when Apocalypse returns. Erik accuses him of
ruining his life, but Apocalypse spews out some sick logic of merely pulling a
thread that would unravel sooner or later, and inflict pain upon Erik now that
he can grow stronger from it rather than later when it would just consume him.
Apocalypse then convinces Erik to become the final Horseman, and enhances his
powers, allowing Erik to level the entire town.
Mystique and Nightcrawler arrive at the X-Mansion, and Nightcrawler gets to
know Jean and Jubilee, while the other students are afraid of him. Cyclops is a
dick to Nightcrawler, which Beast remarks reminds him of how Havok was a dick
to him. Mystique and Xavier reunite, and Mystique tells Xavier about
Apocalypse. Xavier finds it suspicious, and decides to visit Moira McTaggert
over at the CIA with Alex since she’s become an expert in mutant phenomena.
Cyclops, that edgy rebel, rallies Jean, Nightcrawler and Jubilee to go blow
some steam off at the mall, where they get into a fight with some local bullies
and it’s all kinda’ silly.
At CIA headquarters, Xavier reunites with Moira. She doesn’t remember him
because he wiped her mind, but is still attracted to him and respects his
contributions for the mutant cause. She gives a basic infodrop on Apocalypse
and we find out Stryker is also consulting with the CIA, and trying to get them
to approve the Weapon X Program.
Quicksilver arrives at the X-Mansion searching for his father after hearing
reports of Magneto destroying Poland and reunites with Beast and Mystique.
Meanwhile, Xavier, Moira and Havok return to search for Apocalypse using
Cerebro, but Apocalypse instead infects Xavier’s mind, forcing Havok to cut off
the connection. Jean senses Xavier’s distress due to a telepathic link they
share, and the young mutants return to the X-Mansion just as Apocalypse and the
Horsemen attack it to kidnap Xavier and seize control of the Cerebro
The young mutants attempt to intervene and shit goes south HARD, with
Archangel killing Jubilee (she had a little bit of a flirt with Nightcrawler).
Havok sacrifices himself to hold off the Horsemen while Beast and Mystique lead
Moira and the young surviving mutants to the lower levels, but he is killed by
Apocalypse, who proceeds to curbstomp the young mutants with his multiple
powers. Apocalypse then leaves with the Horsemen and Xavier after Quicksilver
manages to extract everyone to a safe location.
Apocalypse leads the Horsemen back to Cairo, where he excavates his pyramic,
containing advanced technology including the transfer tablet. He then announces
his plans to purge the Earth of the weak and create a better world from its
ashes. Storm is uncomfortable when Apocalypse commits a massacre with his
powers, to increase hisn own strength. His power, of course, is to transfer his
mind to Xavier’s body. While being held captive, Xavier manages to reach out to
Storm, who has been persecuted as a "witch" by all her life, and
resents the human race for what they done to her because she’s "another
innocent’ despite her being innocent and her own person, which Xavier points
out she is doing right now. Xavier and Magneto also share a moment, with Xavier
claiming Magneto’s grief is blinding him, and Magneto ignoring it. Psylocke and
Archangel, though, are just psycho brutes.
The young mutants are scattered. Cyclops particularly takes Havok’s death
hard and is comforted by Jean, while Mystique gives Nightcrawler some advice.
Quicksilver is disheartened his father is among the Horsemen. Eventually,
Mystique decides to pick up the dust and go rescue Xavier and stop Apocalypse.
Beast decides to accompany her, and one by one the young mutants agree as well,
and Moira decides to join them as well, resigning from the CIA. Meanwhile,
Stryker uses Apocalypse’s massacre as proof mutants are dangerous and assembles
a task-force codenamed "The Purifiers" to launch an all-out assault
on Cairo, with a nuke being the last-ditch measure to prevent Apocalypse from
fulfilling his plans.
Apocalypse’s secret weapon is the Horsemen themselves. Although they are not
directly referred to as such, they embody the basic aspects of the biblican
Horsemen. War (Magneto), Death (Archangel), Famine (Storm) and Plague
(Psylocke, I guess?)
The X-Men suit up in prototype battlesuits developed by Beast and head to
Cairo to rescue Xavier and battle Apocalypse and the Horsemen. They are
intercepted by the Horsemen, who destroy the X-Jet, and crash-land in the
derelict ruins ot a town in Cairo, where they battle the Horsemen. The Purifies
also arrive, leading to a threeway battle, though the Purifiers are quickly
disposed of. During the fight, Jean has a vision of Stryker launching the nuke,
which in turns causes other countries to launch nukes as well as destroys the
world, with Apocalypse as the sole survivor.
Mystique is taken out by Apocalypse, so Cyclops levels up and rallies the
X-Men to fight the Horsemen. Through a combined effort, they take down
Archangel (Nightcrawler delivers the final blow) and Psylocke (honor goes to Jean).
Cyclops fights Storm while Quicksilver fights Magneto. Magneto can’t bring
himself to kill Quicksilver upon learning he’s his father, while Cyclops
manages to get through to Storm and she switches side.
When the other Horsemen are taken out, Apocalypse arrives, defeats them
almost effortlessly, and begins tearing the world apart. Magneto realizes the
error of his ways when he notices a young woman and her daughter, very similar
to his own lost family, being vaporized in Apocalypse’s massacre. He turns the
tables on Apocalypse and fights him, with Storm joining in, and eventually the
Apocalypse is weakened and retreats to his pyramid to transfer his
consciousness to Xavier. He leaves his original body, but Xavier resists him,
leading to a psychic battle. Cyclops blasts the pyramid’s defenses open and
Jean uses her link to Xavier to help him battle Apocalypse in the astral plane,
which also causes her to unlock her full powers.
Meanwhile, Stryker confronts Moira, accusing her of being a race traitor,
and orders the launch. Moira alerts Magneto, who stops all the nukes in mid-air
and dismantles them like he did in "First Class", but bigger.
Nightcrawler saves Archangel from certain death as an act of forgiveness, while
Quicksilver rescues Psylocke.
Apocalypse is so weakned by his battle with Xavier and Jean that he tries to
return to the original body, but Mystique is impersonating it. Without the
rapid healing, Apocalypse remains vulnerable both physically and mentally, and
Xavier purges him out of Mystique’s mind, losing all his hair in the process.
Apocalypse vanishes, unable to exist without a physical form, and all his
followers lose their powers. Pyslocke escapes to go off on her own, while
Nightcrawler allows Angel, now in control of his own emotions, to flee.
The X-Men have won, but the government is coming. On Xavier’s behalf, Cyclops
destroys Apocalypse’s technology so they can consfiscate it, and they escape.
Back in the X-Mansion, Xavier and Magneto make amends over past mistakes,
Mystique and Beast rekindle their relationship, and Mystique decides to stay
behind. Cyclops and Jean kiss, Cyclops and Nightcrawler cement themselves as
bros, and Magneto decides to leave to find his own place, but assures Xavier he’ll
return one day, and "has one thing or two to teach these children".
Quicksilver wants to go with him, but Magneto accepts him as a son, tells him
he’d be proud to have Quicksilver as a member of the X-Men. Storm is also
accepted into the Institute, as Jean’s roommate. As a gesture of kindness, she
returns Jubilee’s locket, which she had taken after Jubilee was killed. Jean
also displays greater telepathic and telekinetic powers than Xavier has
predicted, and we have the tiniest foreshadowing of a Dark Phoenix lurking in
The mutants are blamed for the destruction of Cairo and the full-scale
assault on the world. A young politician, Robert Kelly, is amassing followers
with his claims of mutant registration. Moira returns to the X-Mansion, having
officially resigned from the CIA, and reveals that Stryker’s Weapon X Program
has been approved, but she has stolen a copy of the files on Stryker’s first
Xavier assembles the X-Men: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Nightcrawler,
Quicksilver, Beast and Mystique, and they depart to rescue Wolverine before
Stryker gets to him.
Then we have a final stinger that didn’t really make much sense, of a
government official of some sort doing cleanup on Cairo. He finds a lone,
forgotten piece of Apocalypse’s technology and, upon touching it, his eyes
become white, like Apocalypse’s.
So there you have it. This is what we can expect from X-men Apocalypse.
Overall, I’m content with the fact that it doesn’t suck. That’s the most I
think we can hope for with X-men movies, especially when the competition in Captain
America: Civil War and Dawn of Justice will likely blow it the fuck out of the
water. But still, an X-men movie that doesn’t fuck up as badly as X3 or
Wolverine: Origins gets a seal of approval in my book. Nuff said!